Professor Hewstone is an experimental social psychologist. His research deals with intergroup relations - the way members of different ethnic, religious, national and other groups interact with one another - including prejudice and stereotyping, stereotype change, the reduction of intergroup conflict, sectarianism, segregation and integration.
His research group deals with questions such as:
- When and how does intergroup contact improve relations between groups?
- Can contact between groups help people to forgive each other for past behaviour? Will it work in times of war?
- When is an encounter with one member of a group enough to change our attitudes towards the whole group?
Professor Hewstone has been actively involved in public policy input relating to improving intergroup relations in the United Kingdom. He currently serves as an adviser to the Department of Communities and Local Government, . He currently serves as an adviser to the Department of Communities and Local Government, Community Attitudes Survey (2007).
- Intergroup relations and conflict
- Sectarianism in Northern Ireland
Professor Hewstone has experience of working with the media in both print and broadcast. In 2015 he worked on the BBC3 TV documentary The Ugly Face of Disability Hate Crime.