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Dr Geetha Reddy

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Professional biography

I am Geetha, a social, political, and cultural psychologist working on understanding how people make sense of colonisation, multiculturalism, and migration in contemporary societies. I am a member of the Readsura Decolonial Editorial Collective (comprised of Prof Shahnaaz Suffla, Prof Kopano Ratele and Prof Glenn Adams and myself) and a Max Planck Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Religious and Ethnic Diversity. I am also part of a global academic movement that questions and disrupts Western psychological understanding of our social worlds. 

Research interests

My research takes an intersectional perspective on identities, highlighting the power structures that influence an individual's psychology. I speak and write about using a decolonial critical psychological paradigm in my research, teaching, and practice. I am especially interested in how social scientists can study and address social issues across disciplinary boundaries. My other research interests include perspective taking among individuals, the socio-cultural determinants of health related behaviour as well as safety culture within public health systems.




I am currently working on the OU Open Societal Challenge "Building Global South-South solidarities to redress inequalities (BUSSIN)". More information on the project can be found here.

Teaching interests

I work to decolonise psychology curriculums across a wide range of psy-disciplines. I am also part of the production and presentation teams of D110, D120, DE200, DD210, DD803 and D811.

I am interested in supervising transdisciplinary doctoral projects that take an anti-racist, anti-caste, decolonial and intersectional approach to addressing contemporary societal challenges. These projects should broadly include the themes of coloniality, precarity, racialisation, multiculturalism and migration.

External collaborations

I have edited three special issues on decolonial psychology with the Readsura Decolonial Issues Editorial Collective, the first of which has been published in the Review of General Psychology in December 2021. The second issue was published in March 2022 in the Journal of Social Issues. The third issue is out now in the same journal. I have also edited a special issue entitled "Towards a Social Psychology of Precarity" with Dr Clare Coultas and Dr Johanna Lukate for the British Journal of Social Psychology.


Toward a decolonial Africa-centering ecological and social psychology (2023-09-18)
Suffla, Shahnaaz; Ratele, Kopano; Adams, Glenn; Reddy, Geetha and Malherbe, Nick
Current Research in Ecological and Social Psychology, 5, Article 100156

Precarious engagements and the politics of knowledge production: Listening to calls for reorienting hegemonic social psychology (2023-01)
Reddy, Geetha and Amer, Amena
British Journal of Social Psychology, 62(S1) (pp. 71-94)

Towards a social psychology of precarity (2023-01)
Coultas, Clare; Reddy, Geetha and Lukate, Johanna
British Journal of Social Psychology, 62(51) (pp. 1-20)

Decoloniality as a social issue for psychological study (2022-03)
Readsura Decolonial Editorial Collective, and Reddy, Geetha
Journal of Social Issues, 78(1) (pp. 7-26)

Psychology as a site for decolonial analysis (2022)
Readsura Decolonial Editorial Collective Group, and Reddy, Geetha
Journal of Social Issues, 78(2) (pp. 255-277)

A decolonial Africa(n)-centered psychology of antiracism (2021-12-01)
Malherbe, N; Ratele, K; Adams, G; Reddy, G and Suffla, S
Review of General Psychology, 25(4) (pp. 437-450)

Decolonising psychology: moving from developing an inclusive social psychology to centring epistemic justice (2021)
Reddy, Geetha; Ratele, Kopano; Adams, Glenn and Suffla, Shahnaaz
Social Psychological Review, 23(2) (pp. 10-12)

Food, culture, and identity in multicultural societies: insights from Singapore (2020-06-01)
Reddy, G. and van Dam, R. M.
Appetite, 149, Article 104633

The endurance and contestations of colonial constructions of race among Malaysians and Singaporeans (2019-04)
Reddy, Geetha and Gleibs, Ilka H.
Frontiers in Psychology, 10

Fluidity amidst structure: multi-racial identity constructions across the life course of Malaysians and Singaporeans (2018)
Reddy, G.
Social Identities, 25(3) (pp. 327-344)

Impossible decision? An investigation of risk trade-offs in the intensive care unit (2018)
Reader, T. W.; Reddy, G. and Brett, S. J.
Ergonomics, 61(1) (pp. 122-133)

Group dynamics in automatic imitation (2016)
Gleibs, Ilka H.; Wilson, Neil; Reddy, Geetha and Catmur, Caroline
PLOS ONE, 11(9)

The researcher as experimental subject: using self-experimentation to access experiences, understand social phenomena, and stimulate reflexivity (2015)
Corti, K.; Reddy, G.; Choi, E. and Gillespie, A.
Integrative Psychological and Behavioral Science, 49(2) (pp. 288-308)

The role of women in food provision and food choice decision-making in Singapore: a case study (2014)
Wang, M. C.; Naidoo, N.; Ferzacca, S.; Reddy, G. and Dam, R. M. Van
Ecology of Food and Nutrition, 53(6) (pp. 658-677)

"Sometimes they'll tell me what they want": family and inter-generational food preferences in the food decisions of Singaporean women (2013-10-01)
Ferzacca, S.; Naidoo, N.; Wang, M. C.; Reddy, G. and van Dam, R. M.
Appetite, 69 (pp. 156-167)

Multiracial in Malaysia: Categories, Classification, and Campur in Contemporary Everyday Life (2020-01-03)
Reddy, Geetha and Selvanathan, Hema Preya
In: Rocha, Zaina L. and Aspinall, Peter J. eds. The Palgrave International Handbook of Mixed Racial and Ethnic Classification (pp. 649-668)
ISBN : 978-3-030-22873-6 / 978-3-030-22874-3 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan, Cham

The social and political psychology of globalisation and global identities (2016-09-27)
Reddy, Geetha and Gleibs, Ilka H.
In: Howarth, Caroline and Andreouli, Eleni eds. The Social Psychology of Everyday Politics (pp. 65-78)
ISBN : 9781315747460 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon

Race Rules in Singapore (2016-06)
Reddy, Geetha
In: Lim, Jason and Lee, Terrence eds. Singapore: Negotiating state and society, 1965-2015
ISBN : 9781315658599 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London

Knowledge with and from the Global South: lessons from psychology (2021-11-21)
Reddy, Geetha
Racism, Xenophobia, Discrimination & Health

The politics of knowledge: whose knowledge counts? (2021-10)
Reddy, Geetha
ISPP International Society of Political Psychology

Foreword [Diversity Matters Special] (2019-06)
Reddy, Geetha; Avraamidou, Lucy and López López, Mónica
Growing together. Celebrating diversity, fostering inclusion, International Conference; University of Groningen

Reflections on a Research Field Trip to Brazil (2016-10-12)
Okoroji, Celestine; Mazari, Haani; Reddy, Geetha; Dedios-Sanguineti, Maria Cecilia and Nogueira, Mara
Psychological & Behavioural Science Blog, LSE