Welcome to the Diversity and Intergroup Relations Lab


handshakeOur lab investigates interactions and relationships between people from diverse groups. What makes our initial encounters, partnerships, and friendships with individuals from different cultural backgrounds stagnate or succeed? What steps can individuals (and institutions) take to build or repair trust in intergroup interactions? How can we maintain interpersonal trust when facing intercultural conflicts?

We take a social psychological approach to understanding the interpersonal dynamics of intergroup interactions and relationships. We attempt to clarify how both situational and individual factors interact in ways that enable people to connect and bridge cultural divides. Our work addresses questions related to impression management, nonverbal behaviour, affect, depletion, cooperation, and trust.

  1. July 16, 2018HeForShe Gender Equity Research Grant awarded to Dr. Bergsieker and Emily Cyr

    The UW Gender Equity Research Grants support research that investigates and addresses gender equity, and in particular projects that demonstrate relevance to Waterloo or that advance Waterloo's three IMPACT 10x10x10 commitments (i.e., boosting girls’ participation in STEM  experiences to build future female leaders, enhancing  female faculty representation to drive toward parity in the future, and advancing women into positions that  lead the university).

  2. July 6, 2018SSHRC Connection Grant awarded to Drs. Bergsieker and Fehr

    This grant will support the Excellence and Gender Equity in Science and Technology (EGEST) conference organized by Dr. Fehr and Dr. Bergsieker in September 2018.

    Connection Grants support events and outreach activities geared toward short-term, targeted knowledge mobilization initiatives. These events and activities represent opportunities to exchange knowledge and to engage on research issues of value to those participating.

  3. June 13, 2018Dr. Bergsieker elected as a Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP) Fellow

    Election to the Society reflects the committee's judgment that a member has made and will continue to provide substantial contributions to social psychology as an empirical science. 

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