Dr. Anca Minescu is a lecturer in psychology, and vice-dean for internationalization, at the University of Limerick, Ireland. Over the last 15 years, her research in ethnic relations looked into processes of identity, discrimination and political activism in different national contexts, from the Russian Federation, to Western and Eastern European countries. She investigates how the larger political, historical and social context impacts on individuals attitudes and behaviours, how ideological beliefs determine exclusionary attitudes, and how the crucial processes of identification with particular groups (ethnic, national, opinion based political groups) mediate intergroup behaviours and affect social change. Anca's involvement in international research networks and professional associations of political and social psychology sustains cross-national analyses of tolerance, marginalization and integration of national minorities, immigrants and refugees.
More recently, she gained increased expertise in intercultural competence training, by running workshops and extending her research with funding from the Irish National Forum for Teaching and Learning, and support from local non-governmental and governmental bodies in the Mid-West of Ireland. This work underlies several intervention, support and consultancy programs developed under the Health Hub Sanctuary Project, in Limerick. This project addresses both minority and majority groups, aiming to support migrants to develop their networks and strengthen their well-being, as well as support front-line people working with migrant communities by equipping them with intercultural competence and other necessary skills that will decrease discrimination and prejudice against the "different" others.
In her role as Vice-Dean International of the Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, she works on developing sustainable international partnerships as well as fostering students’ and staff ability to become global citizens, able to negotiate culturally diverse workplaces and communities. Thus looking at “how cultural diversity works” in community and educational settings, for both the “newcomers” and the “host” groups, and combining research with practical interventions have become the cornerstone of Anca’s portfolio.
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