Professor Rusi Jaspal

Job: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: School of Applied Social Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, De Montfort University

T: +44 (0)116 257 7109

E: rjaspal@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/hls

Social Media: https://sites.google.com/site/rusijaspal

 

Personal profile

Professor Rusi Jaspal is Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Professor of Sexual Health at De Montfort University. As Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Rusi Jaspal is responsible for the Research Services Directorate and the Doctoral College, and is leading on the University’s REF preparations. Rusi Jaspal is passionate about the role of research in teaching, enterprise and in our local, national and international engagement.

Rusi Jaspal studied at the University of Cambridge, University of Surrey and Royal Holloway, University of London. He was an ESRC Research Fellow at the University of Nottingham before joining De Montfort University in January 2013. Rusi Jaspal was awarded a personal chair in Psychology and Sexual Health at De Montfort University in 2015. He became an Adjunct Professor at Åbo Akademi University in Finland in 2016.

Professor Jaspal's own research cuts across the fields of medicine and psychology, focussing particularly on social psychological approaches to preventing HIV and to enhancing wellbeing in HIV patients. Additionally, he has conducted extensive research into aspects of psychological wellbeing among gay men, the management of identities in conflict, prejudice and discrimination, and public understanding of science, technology and medicine. Rusi Jaspal has written four books, over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, and several reports for the Department of Health.

Rusi Jaspal is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the Royal Society of Public Health. He sits on the Advisory Board of the Terrence Higgins Trust, and on the Board of Trustees of Saving Lives UK and of the Leicestershire AIDS Support Service. Professor Jaspal serves on the editorial boards of HIV MedicineMental Health, Religion & Culture, the British Journal of Social Psychology, and the European Journal of Social Psychology. He continues to supervise and examine PhD students in his areas of expertise, and welcomes PhD applications in the area of health psychology and specifically HIV and sexual health.

On a personal level, Rusi is passionate about languages, and enjoys reading early 20th century French literature, contemporary American literature, and political biographies. You can follow him on Twitter @ProfRJaspal.

Research group affiliations

Mary Seacole Research Centre

Publications and outputs 

  • Honour beliefs and identity among British South Asian gay men
    Honour beliefs and identity among British South Asian gay men Jaspal, Rusi Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in the United Kingdom have made significant strides in gaining equality over the last fifty years. Homophobia appears to be decreasing in British society. Many now feel able to disclose their identities to others. LGBT people are now able, and many choose, to get married and to become parents. Yet, the experience of ethnic and religious minority individuals who identify as LGBT does not fit comfortably within this narrative of equality. Many experience difficulties in reconciling their ethnicity, religion and sexuality, in obtaining parental acceptance of their sexual identity, and in coming out to significant others. They may face significant social and psychological stressors, such as rejection and discrimination, that adversely impact their identity, wellbeing and relationships (Jaspal, Lopes & Rehman, 2019). In some collectivist cultures, there are coercive beliefs regarding ‘honour’, its role in the family’s continuity and wellbeing, and the way in which it should be assessed, regulated and safeguarded (Soni, 2013). In these cultures, homosexuality may be regarded as a threat to honour and, thus, rejected as a cultural anomaly. LGBT people from collectivist cultural groups with strong honour beliefs may experience threats to their identity and negative emotional experiences and, consequently, feel unable to disclose their sexual identity to others. Some are clearly at risk of honour-based violence and forced marriage. As a case study, this chapter focuses on honour beliefs in the British South Asian community and the impact for identity and wellbeing among British South Asian gay men. Through the lenses of social representations theory and identity process theory from social psychology, this chapter focuses on the social psychological underpinnings of parental reactions to coming out, which may culminate in honour abuse and forced marriage, and identity and experience among British South Asian who come out as gay.
  • The Social Psychology of Gay Men
    The Social Psychology of Gay Men Jaspal, Rusi This book focuses on the social psychological aspects of gay men’s lives and provides a cutting-edge examination of topics including sexual orientation, sexual behavior, identity, relationships, prejudice, and health. The Social Psychology of Gay Men forces us to re-think existing theory and research, much of which has taken heterosexuality for granted. With identity process theory at its heart, this book advocates a social psychology of gay men which incorporates three levels of analysis – the psychological, interpersonal and societal. The book promises not only a deeper understanding of gay men’s lives but also pathways for enhancing wellbeing, intergroup relations and equality in this key population. This illuminating and thought-provoking text is an invaluable resource not only for psychologists, but for students, scholars and practitioners working in the area of gay men’s life.
  • Fecal microbiota transplants: Emerging social representations in the English-language print media
    Fecal microbiota transplants: Emerging social representations in the English-language print media McLeod, Carmen; Nerlich, Brigitte; Jaspal, Rusi This study investigates how English-language news sources have represented fecal microbiota transplants (FMT). FMT involves transferring stool from a healthy donor to a recipient with a dysfunctional intestinal flora in order to repopulate their gut microbiome. FMT applications are increasingly moving into mainstream clinical care. We investigate press coverage of stool transplants, as well as broader themes associated with health and the gut microbiome, in order to uncover emerging social representations. Our findings show that print media focused in particular on creating novel, mainly hopeful, social representations of feces through wordplay and punning, side-lining issues of risk and fear. We also identify changing metaphorical framings of microbes and bacteria from ‘enemies’ to ‘friends’, and ways in which readers are familiarized with FMT through the depiction of the process as both mundane and highly medicalized. open access article
  • Social Representation, Identity and HIV Prevention: The Case of PrEP among Gay Men
    Social Representation, Identity and HIV Prevention: The Case of PrEP among Gay Men Jaspal, Rusi HIV remains a major public health challenges four decades after its first clinical observations. In the last few years, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has emerged as a significant biomedical tool for preventing HIV. Despite its clinical effectiveness, PrEP has not obtained with consensual approval from all sections of society. Uptake of the prevention tool has not been sufficiently high in the groups at highest risk of HIV – not least gay men who are disproportionately affected by HIV in the UK and in other Western countries. Both public and patient acceptability of PrEP are important factors in determining the effectiveness of the prevention tool. This chapter focuses principally on PrEP awareness, acceptability and uptake among gay men in the UK. In this chapter, it is argued that social representations of PrEP and the identities of potential users play an important role in responses to PrEP. First, a social and political overview of the HIV prevention tool is provided. Second, social representations theory and identity process theory from social psychology are described and their utility in existing PrEP research is outlined. Third, empirical research into public and patient understanding and acceptability of PrEP is reviewed. Fourth, a broad set of principles for raising awareness among gay men at risk of HIV is presented. It is argued that a culturally sensitive approach to HIV prevention is required and that social psychology has an important role to play in future campaigns for preventing HIV in global settings.
  • Religion, Male Bisexuality and Sexual Risk in Lebanon
    Religion, Male Bisexuality and Sexual Risk in Lebanon Maatouk, Ismael; Jaspal, Rusi The social position of bisexual men in Lebanon and in other Arab Middle Eastern societies is complex – on the one hand, bisexuality as a practice is silently tolerated but, on the other hand, bisexuality as an identity is rejected as a cultural anomaly. In this chapter, the interface of religion and bisexuality and its implications for mental and sexual health are explored. First, theoretical issues concerning bisexuality as an orientation or identity are outlined, and social representations theory and identity process theory from social psychology are suggested as useful frameworks for understanding identity among bisexual men in Lebanon. Second, the social, theological and psychological aspects of bisexuality and religion in Arab Middle Eastern societies are presented. Third, the chapter provides an overview of key religious, cultural and political aspects of Lebanese society and its stance on sexuality issues. These sections contextualize identity construction and maintenance among bisexual men in Lebanon. Fourth, drawing on social representations theory and identity process theory, identity and wellbeing issues are discussed in relation to bisexual men in Lebanon. In the absence of previous empirical research into bisexual men in Lebanon, some tentative hypotheses are offered in relation to this population.
  • HIV in men who have sex with men in Lebanon: Clinical & psychosocial aspects
    HIV in men who have sex with men in Lebanon: Clinical & psychosocial aspects Maatouk, Ismael; Jaspal, Rusi A concerted global effort to end HIV transmissions is necessary. In the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), men who have sex with men (MSM) constitute a hard-to-reach population, due to the social stigma and criminalisation of homosexuality in most countries. When compared to other MENA countries, Lebanon is one of the safest for sexual minority groups. Its capital city, Beirut, is one of the most socially progressive cities in MENA, with a vibrant MSM community and gay bars, clubs and community centers. Yet, we know little about HIV prevalence, incidence and risk factors in MSM in Lebanon, a group disproportionately affected by the condition. This editorial sets an agenda for HIV research in this key population.
  • The Attitudes toward Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Scale: Development and Validation
    The Attitudes toward Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Scale: Development and Validation Jaspal, Rusi; Lopes, Barbara; Maatouk, Ismael PrEP is a novel, clinically effective biomedical HIV prevention tool but it has not met with widespread public acceptance. In this article, the results of a study designed to develop a scale for measuring attitudes toward PrEP is presented. The psychometric properties of the scale are described for use in both the general population and in patient samples. 222 university students completed the Attitudes toward PrEP Scale (APS) and additional measures of attitudes toward gay men, Black Africans and condom use. The APS comprised 3 factors (Attitudes toward the Science of PrEP, Perception of Sexual Health Risks of PrEP, and Perception of Dangerous Effects of PrEP) which explained 49.31% of the variance. The 14-item APS had a good internal consistency, α=.72, and satisfactory concurrent validity with measures of condom use, and attitudes toward social groups associated with PrEP. Additional studies in other non-student samples are required to assess the external validity of the scale. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version. The Publisher's final version can be found by following the DOI link.
  • A minority within a minority? Identity and Sexual Health in Black and Minority Ethnic Men Who Have Sex With Men in the United Kingdom
    A minority within a minority? Identity and Sexual Health in Black and Minority Ethnic Men Who Have Sex With Men in the United Kingdom Jaspal, Rusi; Bayley, Jake Identity refers to the individual’s self-construal. It is characterized by multiple elements, such as sexuality, ethnicity, and religion, and not all identity elements are simultaneously salient (Jaspal & Breakwell, 2014). For instance, the same person might self-identify principally as gay at a Gay Pride March, as Muslim during Ramadan, as Pakistani during a cricket match, and as British when abroad. Social context is key to identity expression. Black and minority ethnic (BME) men who have sex with men (MSM) in the United Kingdom have multiple, often stig- matized, identity elements. Many face intersecting social stressors (e.g., racism and homophobia) that can increase the risk of poor sexual health. Many straddle the boundaries of seemingly incompatible identities, such as ethnicity and sexuality. In this commentary, we present a clinical case study, and relevant theory and research, to illustrate the practical importance of identity for effective sexual health care in this diverse population.
  • Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Trans Women: A Literature Review
    Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Trans Women: A Literature Review Jaspal, Rusi; Kennedy, Lauren; Shema, Tariq Trans women are a key, yet under-researched, population in the HIV epidemic. However, there remains a paucity of data on the health and wellbeing of trans women at risk of, or living with, HIV in the United Kingdom. This article provides a narrative review of key empirical research into HIV among trans women. In an effort to explore individual and social factors in relation to HIV in this population, we outline key tenets of identity process theory from social psychology and the concept of structural violence from medical anthropology. We focus on published studies around the following themes: (1) epidemiological data, (2) syndemic factors (3) barriers to social support, (4) HIV and gender transitioning, and (5) access to and engagement with health care. We identify lacunae and thus call for United Kingdom-based research in the following areas: (1) the prevalence and incidence of HIV in trans women, (2) the impact of syndemic factors on HIV risk and acquisition in trans women, (3) the nature of social support for coping with syndemic factors, (4) the interface of gender transitioning and HIV, and (5) barriers to accessing HIV prevention and care services. There is great scope (and urgency) for research into HIV among trans women, especially in the United Kingdom, to reduce incidence in this group, to enhance engagement in HIV care across the care continuum, and to improve the health and wellbeing of those living with HIV. A tentative model for HIV prevention and care is presented in this article. open access article
  • HIV knowledge, sexual health and sexual behaviour among Black and minority ethnic men who have sex with men in the UK: a cross-sectional study
    HIV knowledge, sexual health and sexual behaviour among Black and minority ethnic men who have sex with men in the UK: a cross-sectional study Jaspal, Rusi; Lopes, Barbara; Jamal, Zahra; Yap, Carmen; Paccoud, Ivana; Sekhon, Parminder Background: Black and minority ethnic (BME) men who have sex with men (MSM) face a major burden in relation to HIV infection. Using a cross-sectional correlational survey design, the present study explored the relationships between HIV knowledge and reported sexual health and sexual behaviour in this population. Methods: A convenience sample of 538 BME MSM was recruited in London, Leicester and Leeds: 346 (64%) self-identified as South Asian, 88 (16%) self-identified as Latin American, 76 (14%) self-identified as Black, 13 (2%) self-identified as mixed, and 15 (3%) self-identified as other. Results: HIV knowledge was low across the board, and South Asian MSM manifested the lowest scores. Respondents who perceived their HIV risk to be low possessed the least HIV knowledge. There were interethnic differences in the frequency of gay sauna visits, sex seeking on mobile applications, drug use and attendance at sex parties. Respondents reported a high frequency of racism and discrimination, with Black MSM reporting highest frequency. Conclusions: There is an urgent need to raise awareness of HIV in BME MSM, and a culturally competent approach to HIV awareness raising in BME MSM is required. These findings shed light on the contexts in which HIV prevention efforts should be targeted to reach specific ethnic groups, as well as some of the potential syndemics that can increase HIV risk or undermine HIV outcomes in BME MSM patients. The file attached to this record is the author's final peer reviewed version.

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Research interests/expertise

  • Social psychological aspects of self and identity
  • Sexual health, sexual identity and sexual behaviour
  • Psychological aspects of HIV/ AIDS
  • Epidemiological aspects of HIV/AIDS
  • HIV prevention
  • Intergroup relations
  • Social representations
  • Political psychology

Qualifications

M.A. (University of Cambridge), M.Sc. (University of Surrey), Ph.D. (Royal Holloway, University of London), CPsychol, FBPsS, FRSPH,  FRSA, FRSM

Courses taught

  • M.Sc. research supervision
  • Ph.D. research supervision

Honours and awards

  • 2018 nOSCAR - South Asian Award 
  • 2014 DMU Vice-Chancellor's Future Research Leader 
  • 2014 British Climate Change Study Group Award for one of the best papers on the sociology of climate change
  • 2012 Outstanding Research by an Early Career Scholar Prize, Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section, British Psychological Society Awarded for “Jaspal, R. & Cinnirella, M. (2010). Coping with potentially incompatible identities: accounts of religious, ethnic and sexual identities from British Pakistani men who identify as Muslim and gay. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49(4), 849-870.
  • 2011 Certificate for ‘Highly Commended’ essay for the Changing Faces Essay Prize 2011, Changing Faces, UK Essay entitled ‘Disfigurement: the challenges for identity and the strategies for coping’ (published in Psychological Studies (Springer) in 2012.
  • 2011 Joint third prize for the Poster Competition at the Science, Technology and Society Launch Event, University of Nottingham Poster entitled ‘1988 – When climate change entered the political arena: a social representations analysis of British broadsheet coverage’

Membership of external committees

Trustee, Saving Lives UK

Trustee, East Midlands Sexual Health

Trustee, Phoenix Cinema, Leicester

Advisory Board, Terrence Higgins Trust

Advisor, Adult Social Services & Public Health Directorate, Wandsworth Council

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • Royal Society of Medicine (Fellow)
  • Royal Society for Public Health (Fellow)
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) (Chartered Psychologist & Fellow)
  • Social Psychology Section (BPS) (Chartered Psychologist & Fellow)
  • Royal Society of Arts (Fellow)

Projects

Predictors of sexual risk in young yeople

Psychological aspects of drug use in sexualised settings among gay men (or 'chemsex')

Sexual identity, behaviour & health among gay men in Punjab, India

Conference attendance

2019

Jaspal, R. (2019). Gay men and HIV: A psychosocial approach. Invited lecture at the Sex, Love and Relationships in the Modern Era Event. British Psychological Society, London. 14 February 2019.

Jaspal, R. (2019). HIV, ethnicity, faith and sexuality. Invited lecture, BASHH HIV Masterclass, Manchester. 14-15 March 2019.

Jaspal, R. (2019). Parental disapproval and psychological coercion against British South Asian gay men. Invited lecture, Honour Abuse Research Matrix (HARM) 1st Annual Conference. 25th April 2019.

Jaspal, R. (2019). Enhancing sexual healthcare for men who have sex with men. Invited lecture, 16th Annual Gay Health Forum, Dublin, Ireland. 24th May 2019.

Jaspal, R. (2019). Social identity & attitudes towards HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis: implications for health communication. Paper presented at the European Association of Social Psychology Meeting on Intergroup Communication. University of Bologna, Italy, 26-28 June 2019.

Jaspal, R. (2019). Promoting positive sexual health in gay and bisexual men. Invited lecture, Yorkshire MedSoc Meeting, Huddersfield University. 28 June 2019.

Jaspal, R. (2019). Social psychology as a tool to end HIV: Representation, identity and action. Invited keynote lecture at the British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Park Inn by Radisson York City Centre. 28-30 August 2019.

Jaspal, R. (2019). Ethnicity, faith and sexuality. Invited keynote lecture, 22nd Annual British Association of Sexual Health & HIV SAS Doctors Conference, 7 September 2019.

 

2018

Jaspal, R. (2018). Trans women & HIV: Findings from a literature review & empirical study. Paper presented at the BASHH GSM SIG: Workshop on the provision of integrated sexual health services appropriate for a gender diverse population, Royal Society of Medicine, 12 January 2018.

Jaspal, R. (2018). Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism in Europe: Insights from social psychology. Paper presented at the An End To Antisemitism Conference, University of Vienna, 18-22 February 2018.

Jaspal, R. (2018). Ethnicity, faith and LGBT. Invited lecture, LGBT+ Role Models Conference, University of Derby, 27 February 2018.

Jaspal, R. (2018). Identity, culture and wellbeing among MSM: a model for enhancing clinical practice. Keynote lecture, Fourth Joint Conference of the British HIV Association (BHIVA) with the British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH) 17–20 April 2018, Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Jaspal, R. (2018) Identity, Wellbeing and Sexual Health: A Social Psychological Model for Enhancing Sexual Healthcare for Men Who Have Sex With Men. Paper presented at the 40th Annual Guelph Sexuality Annual Conference, University of Guelph, Canada, 13-15 June 2018.

Jaspal, R. (2018). South Asian LGBTI Conference, Invited lecture, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, 28 July 2018.

Jaspal, R. (2018) Trans women & HIV: findings from a literature review & empirical study. Invited lecture, BASHH SIG GSM, Royal Society of Medicine, London, 28 September 2018.

Jaspal, R. (2018). Enhancing HIV prevention and care among men who have sex with men. Invited lecture, Positive East, 11 October 2018.

Jaspal, R. (2018). The social psychology of HIV Stigma. Invited lecture at the Narratives of HIV Symposium, University of Manchester, 9 November 2018.

 

2017

Jaspal, R. (2017). Reconciling ethnicity, faith and sexuality: British South Asians in the Midlands. Paper presented at the Leicester LGBT Conference, Leicester, UK, 17 February 2017.

Jaspal, R. (2017). Identity and sexual health among BME MSM in the UK. Paper presented at Pink Therapy's 5th Annual Conference, London, 25 March 2017.

Jaspal, R. (2017). Communicating HIV/ sexual health in religious contexts: language, identity and stigma. Paper presented at the Heavenly Acts Conference, University of Sheffield, 8 May 2017.

Jaspal, R. (2017). Attitudes towards PrEP among MSM in London and the East Midlands. Paper presented at the HIV Prevention England National Conference, London, 18 May 2017.

Jaspal, R. (2017). British Muslim gay men's experiences of Islamophobia and homophobia: Insights from social psychology. Invited lecture given at the Islamophobia and Homophobia One-Day Symposium, University of Leicester, 20 May 2017.

Jaspal, R. (2017). The experience of living with HIV among trans women: a qualitative study. Paper presented at the Trans-Forming Medicine: Perspectives on Transgender Healthcare Conference, Lancaster, 25 May 2017.

Jaspal, R. & Hughes-Nind, J. (2017). Perceptions of HIV testing in three distinct contexts among MSM. Poster presented at the Public Health England Annual Conference, 12-13 September 2017. DOWNLOAD

Jaspal, R., Jamal, Z., Corredor, C. & Resinente, J. (2017). 'Let's Stop HIV': Evaluation of an HIV prevention programme targeting Latin Americans in London. Poster presented at the Public Health England Annual Conference, 12-13 September 2017.

Jaspal, R. Managing and reconciling minority identities: Insights from social psychology. Invited lecture delivered at Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland, 20 September 2017.

Jaspal, R. (2017). Islamic, Hindu and Sikh perspectives on homosexuality and their impact on identity, wellbeing and risk taking for MSM of religious faith. Invited lecture, MSM: Seven to Seventy: School, Spirituality, and Sex Conference, Gender & Sexual Minorities SIG, British Association for Sexual Health & HIV, 3 November 2017.

Jaspal, R. (2017). Wonder Drug or Party Drug? Representations and Perceptions of HIV Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis. Invited keynote lecture, Chronic Disease and Language: Understanding Social and Linguistic Representations to Improve Treatment and Prevention Conference, British Association of Applied Linguistics Health & Science Communication SIG, Lancaster University, 29 November 2017.

Jaspal, R. (2017). Understanding HIV among gay and bisexual men in the era of antiretroviral therapy: The contribution of the psychology of sexualities. Invited keynote lecture, BPS Psychology of Sexualities Section Annual Conference 2017, British Psychological Society’s London Office, 8 December 2017.

2016

Jaspal, R. (2016). Developing effective sexual health interventions among black and minority ethnic men who have sex with men. Paper presented at the Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People and Communities Conference, Public Health England, London, 14 January 2016.

Jaspal, R., Fish, J., Williamson, I. & Papaloukas, P. (2016). Measuring the impact of sexual health interventions among black and minority ethnic men who have sex with men. Poster presented at the Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People and Communities Conference, Public Health England, London, 14 January 2016. DOWNLOAD

Jaspal, R., Jamal, Z., Paccoud, I. & Sekhon, P. (2016). Sexual health knowledge, attitudes and practices among BAME MSM: a correlational study. Poster presented at the Improving the Health and Wellbeing of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans People and Communities Conference, Public Health England, London, 14 January 2016. DOWNLOAD

Jaspal, R. (2016). The social psychology of sexuality and religion: some data from British Muslim gay men. Invited lecture presented as part of the Queering Islam Lecture Series, University of Leicester, 27 January 2015.

Jaspal, R. (2016). Faith and sexuality in focus: insights from psychology. Invited lecture presented at Derbyshire County Council, Matlock, 10 February 2016.

Jaspal, R. (2016). Sexual health and novel approaches to HIV prevention among gay and bisexual men. Paper presented at the DMUPride 2016 Open Lecture Series, De Montfort University, Leicester, 11 February 2016.

Jaspal, R. (2016). "I want to be who I am": reflections on identity, threat and coping. Professorial Lecture, De Montfort University, Leicester 15 March 2016.

Jaspal, R. (2016). Health and identity processes among HIV-positive Latin American men who have sex with men in London. 2nd International Conference on LGBT Psychology & Related Fields, State University of Rio, Brazil, 10 March 2016.

Jaspal, R. (2016). "I want to be who I am": reflections on identity, threat and coping. Professorial lecture, De Montfort University Leicester, 15 March 2016.

Jaspal, R. (2016). Accounts of managing multiple linguistic identities among British South Asians of religious faith. Paper presented at the Language, Performance and Identity AHRC International Symposium, Roehampton University, 21-22 March 2016.

Jaspal, R. (2016). Sexual health knowledge, attitudes and practices among BAME MSM: a mixed methods study. Poster presented at 22nd Annual Conference of BHIVA, Manchester, 19-22 April 2016.

Jaspal, R. (2016). Social representations of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) for HIV prevention. Paper presented at the 17th IUSTI World Conference, Marrakesh, Morocco, 9-12 May 2016.

Jaspal, R. (2016). Social representations of biomedical approaches to HIV prevention among men who have sex with men. Paper presented at ASSHH UK Conference: Continuing Critical Conversations about HIV. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, 20 June 2016.

Jaspal, R. (2016). Social representations of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), an emerging HIV prevention option. Paper presented at the 16th Congress of the European Society for Health and Medical Sociology, Geneva, Switzerland, 27-29 June 2016.

Jaspal, R. (2016). Sexual identity, behaviour and health among South Asian MSM: challenges & opportunities. Invited lecture presented at Barts Health NHS Trust, 20 July 2016.

Jaspal, R., Williamson, I. & Papaloukas, P. (2016). Exploring identity and sexual health management strategies among Colombian MSM in London. Poster presented at the Public Health England Annual Conference, University of Warwick, 14 September 2016.

Jaspal, R. (2016). Engaging BME communities on sexual identity and sexual health. Paper presented at the DMU Black History Season Speed Lecture Series, De Montfort University, 26 October 2016.

Jaspal, R. (2016). The role of the social sciences in HIV research: challenges and opportunities. Invited lecture presented as part of the #DMULocal Research Festival Series, De Montfort University Leicester, 9 November 2016.

Jaspal, R. (2016). The construction of sexual identities among Iranian MSM in the UK: implications for sexual health. Paper presented at the New Forms of Trans-Border Mobilitity Conference, 10-12 November 2016.

Jaspal, R. (2016). PrEP acceptability in MSM in the UK: identity, stigma and health. Paper presented at the Trade Sexual Health 17th Annual General Meeting, Trade Sexual Health, Leicester, 8 December 2016.

2015

Jaspal, R. (2015). Sexuality, migration and identity among gay Iranian migrants to the UK. Paper presented at the Crossing Borders: Multidisciplinary LGBT Research Conference, 26th February 2015.

Jaspal, R. (2015). Sexuality and faith: Hindu, Muslim and Sikh perspectives. Keynote lecture presented at the Faith in LGBT Conference, Working Men's College, Camden London, 6th February 2015.

Jaspal, R. (2015). Attitudes towards pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) among British South Asian men who have sex with men. Paper presented at the Sibling Voices Community Seminar, 14th April 2015.

Jaspal, R. (2015). Coping with threats to the self: evidence from social psychology. Paper presented at the School of Psychology Seminar Series, University of Lincoln, 15th April 2015.

Jaspal, R. (2015). Managing multiple identity elements: towards a psychological coherence principle of identity. Paper presented at the 'Identity Research in Organisations' Symposium at the EAWOP Congress, Oslo, 20th-23rd May 2015.

Jaspal, R. (2015). Fracking in cultural consciousness. Invited lecture at the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London, 27th May 2015.

Jaspal, R. (2015). ESOL: an opportunity for challenging homophobia. Paper presented at the Queering ESOL; Towards a cultural politics of LGBT issues in the ESOL classroom, UCL Institute of Education, 19-20th June 2015.

Jaspal, R. (2015). Representaciones sociales de la profilaxis pre-exposición: ¿pastilla milagrosa o pastilla recreacional? [Social representations of pre-exposure prophylaxis: wonder drug or party drug?] Invited lecture at Stop Sida, Barcelona, Spain, 22 July 2015.

Jaspal, R. (2015). Identity and mental health concerns among British South Asian men who have sex with men. Invited lecture at Trade Sexual Health, Leicester, 2 August 2015.

Jaspal, R. (2015). Identity experiences of living with HIV among Latin American gay and bisexual men in the UK. Paper presented at the BPS Qualitative Methods in Psychology Annual Conference, 3 September 2015, Anglia Ruskin University.

Jaspal, R. (2015). Social representations of HIV and identity among Latin American gay and bisexual men in the UK. Paper presented at the BSA Medical Sociology Conference, 10 September 2015, University of York.

Jaspal, R. (2015). Coping with threatened faith identities: insights from social psychology. Paper presented at The Acquisition of Performance Practices in Faith Settings AHRC International Symposium, 11th September 2015, University of Sheffield.

Jaspal, R. (2015). Antisemitism and anti-Zionism in British Muslim communities. Paper presented at the Bristol-Sheffield Hallam Colloquium on Contemporary Antisemitism, 16-18 September 2015, University of Bristol.

Jaspal, R. & Coyle, A. (2015). Identities, discourse and destruction: a pluralist analysis of Jonestown and Heaven's Gate leaders speeches. Paper presented at the BSA Sociology of Religion Conference, High Leigh Conference Centre, Hoddesdon, 7th-9th July 2015.

Jaspal, R. & Nerlich, B. (2015). Wonder drug or party drug? Emerging social representations of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) as an HIV prevention tool. Paper presented at the 37th Nordic Association of Clinical Sexology Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, 1-4 October 2015.

Jaspal, R. (2015). Faith and sexual identity: challenges and opportunities. Paper presented at the East Midlands Faith & Sexual Orientation Seminar, Derby City Council, 18 November 2015.

2014

Jaspal, R. (2014). Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism: A Social Psychological Approach. Paper presented to the Middle East Study Group Network, University of Hull, 8 January 2014.

Jaspal, R. (2014). Homosexuality in Islam. Paper presented at the European Society for Sexual Medicine and European Federation of Sexology Joint Annual Conference, Istanbul, Turkey 1 February 2014.

Jaspal, R. (2014) Identity and social representation in healthcare settings. Paper presented at the "Evidence-based practice in a global context: building sustainable communities of practice" workshop, University of São Paulo, Brazil, 10-14 February 2014.

Jaspal, R. (2014). "I want to be who I am": Self-identity processes and coping. Invited lecture at the Nottingham Lectures on Identity series, University of Nottingham, 2 April 2014.

Jaspal, R. (2014). Exploring religion and sexuality: pluralist approaches to qualitative psychological research. Multiple Transformations of Qualitative Data Conference, De Montfort University 11 April 2014.

Jaspal, R. (2014). (2014). Social Representations, Identity Processes and Action: An Integrative Approach to Complex Issues. Seminar presented to the Department of Psychology, University of Kingston, 21 May 2014.

Jaspal, R. (2014). Imagining "Home": Identity Processes among Persian Israelis and Iranian Jews. Paper presented at the Association for Israel Studies 30th Annual Conference, Ben Gurion University, Israel, 23-25 June 2014.

Jaspal, R. & Nerlich, B. (2014). Social representations of geoengineering and identity processes. Paper presented at the Changing Climate Change Communication Conference, Free University of Amsterdam, 21-22 July 2014.

Jaspal, R. (2014). "I never faced up to being gay": accounts of managing ethnic, religious and sexual identities among British South Asian gay men. Paper presented at the ESRC-funded Queering TESOL Seminar Series, University of Leeds, 7 November 2014.

Jaspal, R. (2014). Understanding mental health among BME MSM communities, Keynote lecture at the Black and Minority Ethnic Men Who Have Sex With Men Advisory Committee Meeting, Public Health England, 18 November 2014.

Jaspal, R. (2014). Identity processes and identity coherence among gay men of religious faith. Paper presented at Department of Social Psychology, London School of Economics, 9 December 2014.

Jaspal, R. (2014). Coping with conflicting identities: evidence from social psychology. Paper presented at the Department of Psychology Seminar Series, University of Bath, 17th December 2014.

2013

Jaspal, R. (2013). Climate science or climate politics? A critical discourse analysis of online reader comments on climate change. Climate Change Communication & the Internet: Challenges and Opportunities for Research Conference, University of Leicester, 12th April 2013.

Jaspal, R. (2013). Social representations of Jews and the Jewish State among Iranian adolescents: A qualitative study. Paper presented at the Association for Israel Studies 29th Annual Conference, University of California, Los Angeles, USA, 24-26 June 2013.

Jaspal, R. (2013). Media representations of geoengineering: Constructing hopes and fears. Paper presented at the Science in Public Conference, University of Nottingham, UK, 22-23 July 2013.

Jaspal, R. (2013). Exploring the interface of sexuality and religion using qualitative methods. Paper presented at the British Psychological Society Qualitative Methods in Psychology Section Annual Conference, University of Huddersfield, UK, 4-6 September 2013.

2012

Jaspal, R. (2012). Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in Iran. Paper presented at the Sociology Symposium 2012, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham, 17th January 2012.

Jaspal, R. (2012). Constructing boundaries between Iran and the ‘Zionist Regime’: an analysis of the English-language Iranian Press. Paper presented at the 22nd Annual ASEN Conference - Nationalism, Ethnicity and Boundaries, London School of Economics, 27th-29th March 2012.

Jaspal, R. (2012). Exporting hatred: representations of the 'Zionist Regime' in the English-language Iranian Press. Paper presented at the Association for Israel Studies 28th Annual Conference, 25-27 June 2012, Haifa University, Israel.

Jaspal, R. (2012). Homosexuality, religion and ethnicity among British South Asians: identity and social representation. Paper presented at the Youth, Gender and Sexuality: Contemporary Debates Conference, University of Nottingham, 25th January 2012.

Jaspal, R. (2012). Representing Jews and the 'Zionist Regime' in the Iranian Press: Identity, delegitimisation and dehumanisation. Paper presented at BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, St. Andrews University, 21-23 August 2012.

Jaspal, R. (2012). Resisting homophobic social representations: a social psychological study of British South Asian gay men. Paper presented at the Sexuality, Gender Identity and Faith Conference, University of Durham, 11th June 2012.

Jaspal, R. (2012). Resisting threatening social representations: Responses to anti-semitism and anti-zionism from Israeli Jews. Paper presented at BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, St. Andrews University, 21-23 August 2012.

Jaspal, R. & Coyle, A. (2012). Social representations of 'peace' and conflict: Debating the Palestinian Statehood Bid at the UN. Paper presented at the European Sociological Association (ESA) Political Sociology Research Network Conference, University of Milan, 30 November - 1 December 2012.

Jaspal, R. & Nerlich, B. (2012). Climate change: integrating the intrapsychic, cultural and political dimensions. Paper presented at the Culture, Politics and Climate Change Conference, University of Colorado-Boulder, USA, 13th-15th September 2012.

Jaspal, R. & Nerlich, B. (2012). Discourses of climate change in the British Press and reader commentary. Paper presented at the Discourse, Communication and Conversation Conference, University of Loughborough, 21st-23rd March 2012.

Jaspal, R. & Nerlich, B. (2012). Human responses to climate change: social representation, identity and social action. Paper presented at the "Methodological and conceptual approaches for researching climate change at different societal scales" British Sociological Association Climate Change Study Group Event, University of Southampton, 30-31st March 2012.

Jaspal, R., Nerlich, B. & Koteyko, N. (2012). Resisting social representations of climate change in online reader comments. Paper presented at the Science in Public Conference, University College London, 20th-21st July 2012.

Koteyko, N. & Jaspal, R. (2012). Corpus-assisted analysis of social media discourses on climate change. Paper presented at the Media, Communication & Cultural Studies in UK Higher Education Annual Conference, University of Bedfordshire, 11th-13th January 2012.

Koteyko, N., Jaspal, R. & Nerlich, B. (2012). A mixed methods approach to analysing online reader comments on newspaper articles concerning climate change. Paper presented at the "Methodological and conceptual approaches for researching climate change at different societal scales" British Sociological Association Climate Change Study Group Event, University of Southampton, 30-31st March 2012.

2011

Jaspal, R. (2011). Anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism in Iran. Poster presented at Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM) Conference, University of Surrey, 28th - 29th June 2011. Download

Jaspal, R. (2011). Climate change: identity, social representation and social action. Paper presented at the Science and Technology Studies Seminar Series, Institute for Science and Society, University of Nottingham, 23rd November 2011.

Jaspal, R. (2011). Identity, threat and social representation. Paper presented at the Department of Psychology, University of Bath, 21st January 2011.

Jaspal, R. (2011). Social representation, identity and social action. Paper presented at the Department of Psychology, University of Lincoln, 11th April 2011.

Jaspal, R. (2011). The construction of ethno-religious identity among a group of second generation British Sikhs: a socio-psychological approach. Paper presented to the Punjab Research Group, Wolfson College, University of Oxford, 29th October 2011.

Jaspal, R. (2011). What are the psychological motives underlying anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism? Some data from Iran, Canada and the UK. Paper presented at BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, 6th-8th September 2011.

Jaspal, R. & Cinnirella, M. (2011). Media representations and identity construction among British South Asians. Paper presented at Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM) Conference, University of Surrey, 28th - 29th June 2011.

Jaspal, R. & Nerlich, B. (2011). 1988 - When climate change entered the political arena: A social representations theory analysis of British broadsheet newspapers. Poster presented at the Global Society and Science and Technology Studies Launch Event, University of Nottingham, 9th June 2011. Download

Jaspal, R. & Nerlich, B. (2011). Social representations of climate change in the 1988 British broadsheet Press. Paper presented at the Cultural Spaces of Climate Early Career Researcher Network, Royal Geographical Society, 6th - 7th October 2011.

2010

Jaspal, R. (2010). Representations of the Holocaust and ingroup-outgroup boundaries among Israeli Jews: insights from identity process theory. Paper presented at the BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, University of Winchester, 7th-9th September 2010. Download

Jaspal, R. (2010). Stigmatised linguistic identity: the contribution of identity process theory and ethnolinguistic vitality. Paper presented at the Research Laboratory on Self and Identity, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, 19th August 2010.

Jaspal, R. & Cinnirella, M. (2010). British media representations of Muslims. Paper presented at the MEDIA@RHUL conference 2010, Royal Holloway, University of London, 13th May 2010.

Jaspal, R. & Cinnirella, M. (2010). Media representations of British Muslims and the consequences for identity. Paper presented at Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM) Conference, University of Surrey, 29th - 30th June 2010. DOWNLOAD

Jaspal, R. & Cinnirella, M. (2010). “Indians and Pakistanis are one really”: fluctuating self-other categorisation, (im)permeable group boundaries and identity-enhancing strategies. Poster presented at Centre for Research on Nationalism, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism (CRONEM) Conference, University of Surrey, 29th - 30th June 2010. Download

Jaspal, R. & Sitaridou, I. (2010).Coping with stigmatised linguistic identities: a synthesis of identity process theory and ethnolinguistic vitality. Paper presented at the BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, University of Winchester, 7th-9th September 2010. Download

Jaspal, R. & Yampolsky, M.A. (2010). Social representations of the Holocaust and Jewish Israeli identity construction: insights from identity process theory. Paper presented at Centre for Research in Political Psychology (CResPP) Conference 2010, Queen’s University of Belfast, 14th-16th April 2010.

Bourhis, R.Y. & Jaspal, R. (2010). English and French primary and secondary school students in Quebec, 1971 to 2007: from Bill 101 to Bill 104. Paper presented at the Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN), Montreal, 5th January 2010.

2009

Jaspal, R. (2009). Identity threat, coping strategies and their potential impact upon inter-ethnic relations: Some qualitative data from a group of first generation British South Asians. Paper presented at the Annual Postgraduate Convention, Department of Psychology, Royal Holloway, University of London, 28th October 2009.

Jaspal, R. (2009). Language and identity among second generation British South Asians: A qualitative approach. Poster presented at Diasporas, Migration and Identities: Crossing Boundaries, New Directions. Joint AHRC Diasporas, Migration and Identities Programme and CRONEM Conference, University of Surrey, 11th - 12th June 2009. Download

Jaspal, R. (2009). Language use and identity processes among young second generation British Asians. Paper presented at Culture, Cognition and Construction, Inter-University Graduate Conference, London School of Economics, University of London, 23rd May 2009. Download

Jaspal, R. (2009). À la recherche de la cohérence psychologique : Vers un nouveau principe identitaire. [Searching for psychological coherence : Towards an additional identity principle]. Paper presented at the Communication and Intergroup Relations Laboratory, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, 20th August 2009.

Jaspal, R. (2009). La réconciliation des identités opposées et la cohérence psychologique : Une exploration qualitative des identités ethnique, religieuse et sexuelle. [Reconciling identities in opposition and psychological coherence: A qualitative exploration of ethnic, religious and sexual identities]. Paper presented at the Social Change and Identity Laboratory, Université de Montréal, Canada, 4th September 2009.

Jaspal, R. (2009). L’organisation cognitive des identités conflictuelles et leur impact sur la cohérence psychologique. [Cognitive organisation of conflictual identities and their impact upon psychological coherence]. Paper presented at the Research Laboratory on Self and Identity, Université du Québec à Montréal, Canada, 8th September 2009.

Jaspal, R. & Cinnirella, M. (2009). Fluctuating identities in inter-ethnic settings: Exploring intergroup relations and identity processes through reflective accounts from British South Asians. Paper presented at BPS Social Psychology Section Annual Conference, University of Sheffield, 17th September 2009

2008

Jaspal, R. (2008). “But I’ve got two mother tongues”: Language and identity among second generation Asians in the East Midlands. Paper presented at Social Psychology Open Day, University of Surrey, 29th October 2008.

Key research outputs

Jaspal, R. (2019). The Social Psychology of Gay Men. London: Palgrave. LINK

Jaspal, R. (2018). Enhancing Sexual Health, Self-Identity and Wellbeing among Men Who Have Sex With Men: A Guide for Practitioners. London: Jessica Kingsley Publishers. LINK

Jaspal, R. (2014). Antisemitism and Anti-Zionism: Representation, Cognition and Everyday Talk. Farnham: Ashgate. LINK

Jaspal, R. & Breakwell, G.M. (2014). Identity Process Theory: Identity, Social Action and Social Change. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. LINK

Current research students

I currently supervise the following PhD students:

  • Iman Naser El-Deen, Intercultural communication and learning in Kuwaiti schools
  • Zaqia Rehman, Mental health outcomes among South Asian LGB people
  • Natasha Dale, Social psychological predictors of heteronormativity

Externally funded research grants information

  • 2015 NAZ: Sexual Health For Everyone, Supporting People Living with HIV (£10,000)
  • 2014 Public Health England (£40,000) Sexual health and psychological wellbeing among Black and minority ethnic men who have sex with men.
  • 2012 Iran Media Program, Annenberg Public Policy Center (value $3600) Principal investigator on project entitled ‘Representing the “Arab Spring”: A critical discourse analysis of the Iranian media’
  • 2012 Health and Medical Science Research Fund, Surrey University (value £4606) Co-investigator on project entitled ‘The Impact of Living in a Positive-Aging Retirement Community on Health and Well-being in Older People’
  • 2011 Science, Technology and Society Research Development Funds (value £1320) Co-investigator on project entitled ‘Making sense of nuclear power in the context of climate change and natural disasters: an exploration of public concerns using a mixed-methods
  • approach’
  • 2010 Victoria Hazlitt Memorial Fund (value £250) Awarded for project ‘National and ethnic identification and the impact for identity processes’ Royal Holloway, University of London
  • 2009 Central Research Fund (value £1200) Awarded for project ‘Ethnolinguistic vitality and identity threat: The case of Bill 104’ University of London
  • 2009 Victoria Hazlitt Memorial Fund (value £300) Awarded for research project entitled “Language attitudes and identity” Royal Holloway, University of London
  • 2008 Thomas Holloway Full StudentshipAwarded for Ph.D. research (3 years)Royal Holloway, University of London
  • 2008 Research scholarship (value £750) Awarded for ‘Learning for a Complex World’ project SCEPTrE, University of Surrey

Professional esteem indicators

Professor Rusi Jaspal serves on the editorial boards of

  • HIV Medicine
  • British Journal of Social Psychology
  • Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
  • European Journal of Social Psychology

He has examined several PhD theses at universities in the UK and Australia.

Case studies

Watch an interview with Prof Jaspal regarding his research into homosexuality in British Asian society. Read an interview with Prof Jaspal regarding his career in psychology.
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