Tina Keil
PhD Research Student


Having worked in the electronics and IT industry in Germany for many years, I pursued my interest in psychology through the Open University alongside my professional career. After gaining an MSc in 2013, I decided to turn my part-time passion for psychology and research into something more concrete.

The possibility of combining my interest in technology and psychology was something that I found especially appealing. My PhD project involves looking at everyday, mundane contact in public spaces and how modern technology can be used to capture and measure contact in real-time. It is hoped that this will ultimately help to identify which types of group level interactions between social groups are most effective in maximising social and economic benefits, as well as in promoting wider change within the respective communities.

I am also currently one of the web-coordinators for the ISPP ECC blog and social media sites.

Broad research interests and specialisms:

  • Intergroup contact
  • Social segregation
  • Prejudice and stereotypes
  • GPS tracking technology
  • Use of technology in research methods


2013 MSc Psychological Research Methods, Open University, Milton Keynes
2006 BSc (Hons) Psychology, Open University, Milton Keynes


EASP Conference and Travel Grant, 2017
Peer Supporter of the Year 2016, University of Exeter

Research group links

Contact details

Tel+44 (0) 1392 726647
AddressWashington Singer Laboratories
University of Exeter
Perry Road
Prince of Wales Road

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