Dr Paul Hutchison

Paul is the Head of Psychology and course leader on our Psychology BSc and Psychology (including foundation year) BSc degrees. He joined London Met in 2007 after holding teaching and research posts at University of Exeter and University of Leeds.

Paul Hutchison, Head of Psychology

Paul Hutchison

Paul graduated from the University of Abertay with a BSc in Behavioural Sciences (with First-Class Honours). He then completed an MSc in Group Processes and Intergroup Relations at the University of Kent (with Distinction), and a PhD in experimental social psychology, also from University of Kent. He has recently completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (with Distinction) at London Met.

Paul is a Chartered Member and Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Paul has been the recipient of student-led awards for ‘Outstanding Academic Member of Staff’ (2022) and ‘Best Feedback’ (2014) and nominated for his ‘Outstanding Contribution to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion within the University’ (2022).

Paul's research interests are in the broad areas of social psychology, group processes and intergroup relations. Recent projects have focused on antecedents and consequences of intergroup threat perceptions, adjustment and well-being in military veterans, deviance and extremism in groups, and social psychological factors that facilitate or hinder addiction recovery.

Paul leads and lectures on modules on social psychology, personality, individual differences, and psychological research methods. He supervises undergraduate research projects and post-graduate dissertations.


  • Hutchison, P., & Ewans, E. (2021). Social inclusion and the role of psychologists. In Liamputtong, P. (Ed.), Handbook of social inclusion: Research and practices in health and social sciences (pp. 2157-2173). Springer Nature.
  • Hutchison, P., Cox, S., & Frings, D. (2018). Helping you helps me: Giving and receiving social support in recovery groups for problem gamblers. Group Dynamics: Theory, Research, and Practice.
  • Hutchison, P., Chihade, R., & Puiu, A. (2018). Predictors of ‘the last acceptable racism’: Group threats and public attitudes towards Gypsies and Travellers. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 48, 237-247.
  • Drury, L., Hutchison, P., & Abrams, D. (2016). Direct and extended intergenerational contact and young people’s attitudes towards older adults. British Journal of Social Psychology, 55, 522-543.
  • Hutchison, P., Lubna, S.A., Goncalves-Portelinha, I., Kamali, P., & Khan, N. (2015). Group-based rejection, national identification, and British Muslims’ attitudes toward non-Muslims. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 45, 330-344.
  • Hutchison, P., Abrams, D., & Randsley de Moura, G. (2013). Corralling the ingroup: Deviant derogation and perception of group variability. The Journal of Social Psychology, 153, 334-350.
  • Goncalves, I., Verlhiac, J.-F., Meyer, T., & Hutchison, P. (2012). TMT & Biculturalism: When the salience of cultural duality affects worldview defence in the face of death. European Psychologist, 17, 237-245.
  • Hutchison, P., & Jetten, J. (2011). Deviant but desirable: Perceived group variability and reactions to atypical group members. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 47, 1155-1161.
  • Jetten, J., Iyer, A., Hutchison, P., & Hornsey, M. (2011). Debating deviance: Responding to those who fall from grace. In J. Jetten & M. Hornsey (Eds.), Rebels in groups (pp. 117-134). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Randsley de Moura, G., Abrams, D., Marques, J. M., & Hutchison, P. (2011). Innovation Credit: When and why do group members give their leaders a license to deviate from group norms? In J. Jetten & M. Hornsey (Eds.), Rebels in groups (pp. 238-258). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Jetten, J., & Hutchison, P. (2011). When groups have a lot to lose: Historical continuity enhances resistance to a merger. European Journal of Social Psychology, 41, 335-343.
  • Hutchison, P., & Rosenthal, H. E. S. (2011). Prejudice against Muslims: Anxiety as a mediator between contact and attitudes, perceived group variability and behavioural intentions. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 34, 40-61.
  • Hutchison, P., Fox, E., Laas, A. M., Matharu, J., & Urzi, S. (2010). Anxiety, outcome expectancies, and young people’s willingness to engage in contact with the elderly. Educational Gerontology, 36, 1008-1021.
  • Bousfield, C., & Hutchison, P. (2010). Contact, anxiety, and young people’s attitudes and behavioural intentions toward the elderly. Educational Gerontology, 36, 451-466.
  • Abrams, D., Randsley de Moura, G., Marques, J. M., & Hutchison, P. (2008). Innovation credit: When can leaders oppose their group’s norms? Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 95, 662-678.
  • Hutchison, P., Abrams, D., Gutierrez, R., & Viki, G. T. (2008). Getting rid of the bad ones: The relationship between group identification, deviant derogation, and stereotype maintenance. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 44, 874-881. 
  • Hutchison, P., Christian, J. N., & Abrams, D. (2007). The social psychology of exclusion. In D. Abrams, J. N. Christian, & N. Gordon (Eds.), The multidisciplinary handbook of social exclusion research (pp. 29-58). London: Wiley.
  • Hutchison, P., Jetten, J., Christian, J. N., & Haycraft, E. (2006). Protecting threatened identity: Sticking with the group by emphasizing ingroup heterogeneity. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 1620-1632.
  • Glick, P., Fiske, S. T., Abrams, D., Dardenne, B., Ferreira, M. C., Gonzalez, R., Hachfeld, C., Huang, L-L., Hutchison, P., Kim, H-J., Manganelli, A. M., Masser, B., Mucchi-Faina, A., Okiebisu, S., Rouhana, N., Saiz, J. L., Volpato, C., Yamamoto, M., & Yzerbyt, V. (2006). Anti-American Sentiment and America’s Perceived Intent to Dominate: An 11-Nation Study. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 28, 363-373.
  • Abrams, D., Randsley de Moura, G., Hutchison, P., & Viki, G.T. (2005). When bad becomes good (and vice versa): Why social exclusion is not based on difference. In D. Abrams, M. A. Hogg & J. M. Marques (Eds). Social exclusion and inclusion (pp. 161-190). Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press.
  • Abrams, D., Marques, J. M., Randsley de Moura, G., Hutchison, P., & Bown, N. (2004). The maintenance of entitativity: A subjective group dynamics approach. In V. Y. Yzerbyt, C. M. Judd, & O. Corneille (Eds.), The psychology of group perception: Contributions to the study of homogeneity, entitativity, and essentialism (pp. 361-380). Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press.
  • Hutchison, P., & Abrams, D. (2003). Ingroup identification moderates stereotype change in reaction to ingroup deviance. European Journal of Social Psychology, 33, 497-506.
  • Viki, G.T., Abrams, D., & Hutchison, P. (2003). The “true” romantic: Benevolent sexism and paternalistic chivalry. Sex Roles, 49, 533-537.
  • Stott, C. J., Hutchison, P., & Drury, J. (2001). Hooligans abroad? Inter-group dynamics, social identity and participation in collective disorder at the ‘98 World Cup Finals. British Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 359-384.

Dr Paul Hutchison
Head of Psychology
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