Robin Goodwin

Professor of Social Psychology

Room: Gaskell Building Room 203
Brunel University London
Uxbridge, UB8 3PH
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1895 265470



  • PhD Social Psychology (Kent at Canterbury)
  • BA Hons Social Psychology (Kent at Canterbury)

Personal Biography

Having completed my doctoral training in social psychology I joined Keele University in 1988 first as a lecturer in the Department of Adult Education then as Lecturer in Psychology. I moved to Bristol University in 1993 as a Lecturer in Social Psychology before joining Brunel in 1999, first as Reader then Professor in Psychology. I have been twice Head of Psychology at Brunel, and founded and convene the MSc in Cross-Cultural Psychology.


Research Overview

I am primarily interested in the impact of large-scale societal transitions and threats on everyday psychological processes. I have a particular interest in the ways in which individual differences combine with group and cultural variations in informing responses to these changes and threats. My current work includes studies of internal migration in China, the US and Georgia, reactions to the March 2011 earthquake in Japan, and responses to pandemic influenza threats across cultures.


Current Projects

European Office of Aerospace Research& Development
Adjusting to Social Change - A multi-level Analysis in three cultures
U$ 85,782
June 2010 - May 2013
Prof Robin Goodwin (PI)

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Improved methods for early detection of OPM
April 2012 - March 2014
Prof Robin Goodwin (CI)


Recently Completed Projects

MRC, ESRC, NERC, BBSRC (joint research council grant)
Lay perceptions, prejudice and the natural environment in the spread of animal-human and human-human infections
May 2010 - Feb 2011
Prof Robin Goodwin (PI)

British Academy
The acculturation of Polish immigrants into British society: a multi-method investigation
Prof Robin Goodwin (PI)
April 2007 - March 2009

EurAsia Foundation
Changing youth’s attitude towards HIV/AIDS, safe sex and reproductive health
US$ 44,398
2009 - 2011
Prof Robin Goodwin (CI)

EurAsia Foundation
Investigation of Georgian public schools adolescents towards problems of HIV/AIDS, drug addiction, unsafe sex and education based prevention activities
US$ 77,455
2007 - 2009
Prof Robin Goodwin (CI)

Polish Research Council
Threat of terrorism- psychological determinants and social consequences 82,1`00 zl
2007 - 2009
Prof Robin Goodwin (CI)


PhD Supervision

Jennifer Chavanovanich: Organisational commitment and culture; November 2011 - October 2015 (New Route)

Agnieszka Nakielska: Domestic abuse across cultures; October 2010 - September 2015

Katharina Lefringhausen: Social Representations and the Multicultural Identity of Receiving Societies; February 2012 - January 2015

Miki Tanaka: Psychological reactions to the March 2011 Great Japan Earthquake; June 2012 - May 2015


Postgraduate Programmes

Programme convenor

  • MSc Cross-Cultural Psychology

Module convenor

  • Findings 1 – MSc Cross-Cultural Psychology
  • Findings 2 – MSc Cross-Cultural Psychology


  • School Impact Co-ordinator
  • REF Psychology Dept Panel member
  • Erasmus/Overseas Student Co-ordinator
  • Co-Director, Centre for Culture and Evolutionary Psychology

External Activity

Editorial Boards:

  • Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression;
  • Psychology, Health and Medicine;
  • Georgian Journal of Psychology;
  • World Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases



Journal Papers

(2014) Goodwin, R. and Sun, S., Early responses to H7N9 in southern mainland China, BMC Infectious Diseases 148 Download publication

(2014) Bardi, A., Buchanan, KE., Goodwin, R., Slabu, L. and Robinson, M., Value stability and change during self-chosen life transitions: Self-selection versus socialization effects, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 106 (1) : 131- 147 Download publication

(2013) Ben-Ezra, M., Hamama-Raz, Y., Palgi, Y., Rubin, GJ. and Goodwin, R., The association of disaster-related experiences and self-reported recollections of national trauma with posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms following Hurricane Sandy, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry 74 (12) : 1265- 1266

(2013) Ben-Ezra, M., Hamama-Raz, Y., Palgi, Y., Rubin, GJ. and Goodwin, R., The association between self-reported change in vote for the presidential election of 2012 and posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms following Hurricane Sandy, Psychiatry Research 210 (3) : 1304- 1306

(2013) Goodwin, R. and Sun, S., Public perceptions and reactions to H7N9 in Mainland China, Journal of Infection 67 (5) : 458- 462

(2013) Sun, S., Zagefka, H. and Goodwin, R., Predictors of intergroup concern for disaster victims of the Japan earthquake, Asian Journal of Social Psychology 16 (2) : 152- 157

(2013) Goodwin, R., Palgi, Y., Hamama-Raz, Y. and Ben-Ezra, M., In the eye of the storm or the bullseye of the media: Social media use during Hurricane Sandy as a predictor of post-traumatic stress, Journal of Psychiatric Research 47 (8) : 1099- 1100

(2013) Goodwin, R., Goodwin, K. and Polek, E., Perceived changes in health and interactions with "the paracetamol force": A multimethod study, Journal of Mixed Methods Research 7 (2) : 152- 172

(2013) Ceddia, MG., Bardsley, NO., Holloway, GJ., Nocella, G., Goodwin, R. and Stasi, A., A complex system perspective on the emergence and spread of infectious diseases: Integrating economic and ecological aspects, Ecological Economics 90 124- 131

(2013) Sanri, Ç. and Goodwin, R., Values and love styles in Turkey and Great Britain: An intercultural and intracultural comparison, International Journal of Psychology 48 (5) : 837- 845

(2012) Goodwin, RB., Schley, D., Lai, KM., Ceddia, GM., Barnett, J. and Cook, N., Interdisciplinary approaches to zoonotic disease, Infectious Disease Reports 4 (2)

(2012) Myers, LB. and Goodwin, R., Using a theoretical framework to determine adults' intention to vaccinate against pandemic swine flu in priority groups in the UK, Public Health 126 (Supplement 1) : S53- S56

(2012) Goodwin, R., Takahashi, M., Sun, S. and Gaines, SO., Modelling psychological responses to the great East Japan earthquake and nuclear incident, PLoS One 7 (5) : e37690- Download publication

(2012) Goodwin, R., Marshall, T., Fulop, M., Adonu, J., Spiewak, S., Neto, F. and Hernandez Plaza, S., Mate value and self-esteem: Evidence from eight cultural groups, PLoS One 7 (4) : e36106 Download publication

(2012) Goodwin, R., Polek, E. and Bardi, A., The temporal reciprocity of values and beliefs: A longitudinal study within a major life transition, European Journal of Personality 26 (3) : 360- 370

(2011) Goodwin, R., Gaines Jr, SO., Myers, L. and Neto, F., Initial psychological responses to swine flu, International Journal of Behavioral Medicine 18 (2) : 88- 92

(2011) Goodwin, R., Haque, S., Hassan, SBS. and Dhanoa, A., Representations of swine flu: Perspectives from a Malaysian pig farm, Public Understanding of Science 20 (4) : 477- 490 Download publication

(2011) Kossowska, M., Trejtowicz, M., de Lemus, S., Bukowski, M., Van Hiel, A. and Goodwin, R., Relationships between right-wing authoritarianism, terrorism threat, and attitudes towards restrictions of civil rights: a comparison among four European countries., Br J Psychol 102 (2) : 245- 259 Download publication

(2011) Myers, LB. and Goodwin, R., Determinants of adults' intention to vaccinate against pandemic swine flu, BMC Public Health 11 (15) Download publication

(2011) Bardi, A. and Goodwin, R., The dual route to value change: Individual processes and cultural moderators, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 42 (2) : 271- 287

(2010) Goodwin, R., Haque, S., Neto, F. and Myers, L., Initial behavioural and attitudinal responses to influenza A, H1N1 ('swine flu'), Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 64 (2) : 182- 182 Download publication

(2010) Goodwin, RB., Kachkachishvili, I., Nizharadze, G. and Cramer, D., Psychological predictors of high-risk sexual behaviour and drug use among adolescents in Georgia, Current HIV Research 8 (3) : 207- 211

(2009) Goodwin, R., Social psychological predictors of high-risk sexual behavior and drug use among adolescents in Georgia (Meeting abstract), Psychology & Health 24 190- 190

(2009) Wong, S. and Goodwin, R., Exploring marital satisfaction across three cultures: a qualitative study, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 26 (8) : 1011- 1028

(2009) Goodwin, R., Haque, S., Neto, F. and Myers, L., Initial psychological responses to influenza A, H1N1 ("swine flu"), BMC Infectious Diseases 9166 Download publication

(2009) Goodwin, R., Haque, S., Neto, F. and Myers, L., Societal responses to swine flu (Response letter), British Medical Journal 338b1791

(2009) Goodwin, R. and Gaines Jr, S., Terrorism perception and its consequences following the 7th July 2005 London bombings, Behavioural Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression 1 (1) : 50- 65 Download publication

(2008) Goodwin, R., Social support and the wealthy porcupine: Pain, social support, money and culture, Psychological Inquiry 19 (3-4) : 179- 185 Download publication

(2006) Goodwin, R., Age and social support perception in Eastern Europe: Social change and support in four rapidly changing countries, British Journal of Social Psychology 45 (4) : 799- 815

(2006) Verkasalo, M., Goodwin, R. and Bezmenova, I., Values following a major terrorist incident: Finnish adolescent and student values before and after September 11, 2001, Journal of Applied Social Psychology 36 (1) : 144- 160 Download publication

(2005) Verhofstadt, LL., Buysse, A., De Clercq, A. and Goodwin, R., Emotional arousal and negative affect in marital conflict: The influence of gender, conflict structure, and demand-withdrawal, European Journal of Social Psychology 35 (4) : 449- 467

(2005) Goodwin, R., Willson, M. and Stanley Jr, G., Terror threat perception and its consequences in contemporary Britain, British Journal of Psychology 96 (4) : 389- 406 Download publication

(2004) Goodwin, RB., Kozlova, A., Nizharadze, G. and Polyakov, G., High-risk behaviors and beliefs and knowledge about HIV transmission among school and shelter children in Eastern Europe, Sexually Transmitted Diseases 31 (11) : 670- 675

(2004) Goodwin, R., Kozlova, A., Nizharadze, G. and Polyakova, G., HIV/AIDS among adolescents in Eastern Europe: Knowledge of HIV/AIDS, social representations of risk and sexual activity among school children and homeless adolescents in Russia, Georgia and the Ukraine, Journal of Health Psychology 9 (3) : 381- 396

(2004) Goodwin, R. and Gaines Jr, SO., Relationships beliefs and relationship quality across cultures: Country as a moderator of dysfunctional beliefs and relationship quality in three former Communist societies, Personal Relationships 11 (3) : 267- 279 Download publication

(2004) Goodwin, R., Kwiatkowska, A., Realo, A., Kozlova, A., Nguyen Luu, LA. and Nizharadze, G., Social representations of HIV/AIDS in five Central European and Eastern European countries: A multidimensional analysis, AIDS Care - Psychological and Socio-Medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV 16 (6) : 669- 680 Download publication

(2004) Goodwin, RB., Adonu, J. and Costa, P., Social support and its consequences: 'Positive' and 'deficiency' values and their implications for support and self-esteem, British Journal of Social Psychology 43 (3) : 465- 474

(2003) Realo, A. and Goodwin, R., Family-related allocentrism and HIV risk behavior in Central and Eastern Europe, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 34 (6) : 690- 701

(2003) Goodwin, R., Kozlova, A., Kwiatkowska, A., Nguyen Luu, LA., Nizharadze, G., Realo, A., Külvet, A. and Rämmer, A., Social representations of HIV/AIDS in Central and Eastern Europe, Social Science & Medicine 56 (7) : 1373- 1384

(2003) Goodwin, R. and Giles, S., Social support provision and cultural values in Indonesia and Britain, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology 34 (2) : 240- 245

(2002) Goodwin, R., Allen, P., Nizharadze, G., Emelyanova, T., Dedkova, N., Saenko, Y. and Bugrova, I., Fatalism, social support and mental health in four former Soviet cultures, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 28 (9) : 1166- 1171 Download publication

(2002) Goodwin, R. and Tinker, M., Value priorities and preferences for a relationship partner, Personality and Individual Differences 32 (8) : 1339- 1349

(2002) Goodwin, R., Realo, A., Kwiatkowska, A., Kozlova, A., Nguyen, LLA. and Nizharadze, G., Values and sexual behaviour in central and eastern Europe, Journal of Health Psychology 7 (1) : 45- 56 Download publication

(2001) Kagitcibasi, C., Orung, S., Sunar, D., Charalambous, N., Goodwin, R., Wang, W-Z., Stepanikova, I., Pick, S., Givaudan, M., Konantambigi, R., Gelfand, MJ., Georgas, J., Mylonas, K., Bafiti, T., Poortinga, YH., Christakopoulou, S., Kwak, K., Ataca, B., Berry, J., Angleitner, A., Zhuravliova-Gionis, I., Marinova, V., McBride-Chang, C. and Kodiç, Y., Functional relationships in the nuclear and extended family: A 16-culture study, International Journal of Psychology 36 (5) : 289- 300

(2001) Goodwin, R., Cook, O. and Yung, Y., Loneliness and life satisfaction among three cultural groups, Personal Relationships 8 (2) : 225- 230 Download publication

(2001) Nizharadze, G., Lan Anh Nguyen, L., Kosa, E., Emelyanova, T. and Goodwin, R., Social support in a changing Europe: An analysis of three post-Communist nations, European Journal of Social Psychology 31 (4) : 379- 393

(2000) Goodwin, R., Close relationships: The study of love and friendship, Psychologist 13 (5) : 260- 261

(2000) Goodwin, R. and Allen, P., Democracy and fatalism in the former Soviet Union, Journal of Applied Social Psychology 30 (12) : 2558- 2574

(2000) Goodwin, R. and Cramer, D., Marriage and social support in a British-Asian community, Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology 10 (1) : 49- 62

(2000) Goodwin, R. and Plaza, SH., Perceived and received social support in two cultures: Collectivism and support among British and Spanish students, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 17 (2) : 282- 291

(1995) Goodwin, R. and Emelyanova, T., The perestroika of the family? Gender and occupational differences in family values in modern day Russia, Sex Roles 32 (5-6) : 337- 351


(2008) Goodwin, R., Changing relations: achieving intimacy in a time of social transition. Cambridge University Press

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