Dr Emily LeRoux-Rutledge

Lecturer in Social Psychology



Dr Emily LeRoux-Rutledge is a Lecturer in Social Psychology in the School of Psychology at the University of Surrey. Her research examines the identities of marginalised groups in global contexts. She is presently looking at how the identities of refugee and diaspora groups in the UK are affected by ongoing violence in their countries of origin.

Emily earned her BA (Honours) in International Relations and English from the University of Toronto in 2004, her MSc in Social and Public Communication from the London School of Economics in 2007, and her PhD in Social Psychology from the London School of Economics in 2017.

Prior to her academic career, Emily spent ten years working in the field of international development, managing research for organisations using media and communication for development, and she continues to work as a consultant in this sector.

She has conducted research in more than 20 countries, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Kenya, Niger, South Africa, South Sudan, Senegal, Serbia, Tanzania and Uganda, and has lived in Canada, Kenya, France, Bangladesh and the UK.

Within the University, Dr Emily LeRoux-Rutledge is a member of the research group SEER (Social Emotions and Equality in Relations).

Research interests

Dr Emily LeRoux-Rutledge examines the identities of marginalised groups in global contexts.

Her research focuses on how marginalised groups - such as women, refugees and citizens of developing countries - use and interpret media, construct narratives about themselves, and negotiate their identities in the face of local and global public narratives about who they are and should be. In addition, her research often examines the effects of these processes on health and well-being. She is presently conducting research on migration, looking at how the identities of refugee and diaspora groups in the UK are affected by ongoing violence in their countries of origin. Her previous research includes studies of how public narratives about women in rural South Sudan affect the achievement of international gender and development goals, how children in rural Zimbabwe view HIV/AIDS affected boys and girls differently, and how radio programmes designed to empower women in Afghanistan impact their listeners. She uses primarily qualitative methodologies, and takes a sociological approach to social psychology.

Academia.edu: lse.academia.edu/EmilyLeRouxRutledge


PSY3100 - Intergroup Relations

PSY1019 - Social Psychology with Research Methods


Journal Articles

LeRoux-Rutledge, E., Guerlain, M.A., Andersen, L. B., Madanhire, C., Mutsikiwa, A., Nyamukapa, C., Skovdal, M., Gregson, S., & Campbell, C. (2015) 'It's harder for boys? Children's representations of their HIV/AIDS-affected peers in Zimbabwe'. AIDS Care: Psychological and Socio-medical Aspects of AIDS/HIV, 27(11), 1367-1374. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2015.1093592.

Book Chapters

Ramarajan, L., & LeRoux-Rutledge, E. (2016). 'How identities and discrimination catalyze global entrepreneurship'. In L. M. Roberts, L. P. Wooten, & M. N. Davidson (Eds.), Positive Organizing in a Global Society: Understanding and Engaging Differences for Capacity Building and Inclusion (pp. 37-42). New York, NY: Routledge.

Godfrey, A., Burton, M., & LeRoux-Rutledge, E. (2012). 'Africa Talks Climate: Comparing Audience Understandings of Climate Change in Ten African Countries'. In I. Volkmer (Ed.), Handbook of Global Media Research (pp. 504-520). Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley-Blackwell.

LeRoux-Rutledge, E., Power, G., & Morgan, C. (2011). 'Telling Other People's Stories: Cultural Translation in Drama for Development'. In A. Skuse, M. Gillespie, & G. Power (Eds.), Drama for Development: Cultural Translation and Social Change (pp. 116-134). Thousand Oaks, Calif.: SAGE.