Dr Denise Wilkins
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Washington Singer 301
Washington Singer Laboratories, University of Exeter, Perry Road, Prince of Wales Road, Exeter, EX4 4QG, UK
I studied BSc Psychology at Loughborough University before obtaining my MSc in Psychological Research Methods at the University of Exeter. I completed a PhD in Social Psychology at the University of Exeter.
My most recent role is a research associate. I am currently working on the EPSRC funded project HoSEM: Household Supplier Energy Market, which aims to explore the possibility of new forms of peer-to-peer renewable energy markets, underpinned by distributed ledger technology.
More broadly, my research interests centre around the intersection between digital technology and society. In particular, how technology use shapes, and is shaped by, the social psychological concerns of technology users.
Beyond my own research, I enjoy being involved in strategies aimed at public engagement and widening participation in higher education.
Broad research specialisms:
- social identity;
- collective action;
- renewable energy;
- social media;
- distributed ledger technology;
BSc (Hons) Psychology, Loughborough University
MSc Psychological Research Methods, University of Exeter
PhD Social Psychology, University of Exeter
Before my academic career I worked for the Civil Service; including the Department for Work and Pensions, and the Scottish Government. I have also worked in market research and the charity sector.
Research group links
- Social identity
- Collective action
- Political rhetoric
- Renewable energy
- Digital technology
My current research project is the EPSRC funded project HoSEM: Household Energy Supplier Market, which aims to explore the possibility of new forms of peer-to-peer renewable energy markets, underpinned by distributed ledger technology.
My PhD project broadly examined how the use of social media use for collective action shapes, and is shaped by, the social psychological concerns of social media users. Supervised by Professor Mark Levine and Dr. Andrew Livingstone, the projected tested whether and how individuals’ initial decisions to participate in collective action are influenced by the digital environment, and how participating in “online” collective action affects future engagement. I also explored how groups use social media to maintain control of contested social movements and advance disparate social change aims.