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2018 APS Congress

The 2018 APS Congress will be held in Sydney from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 September 2018


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Talking about social cohesion

The APS convened a roundtable on social cohesion in a multicultural society in May 2016.

The roundtable revolved around five speakers: two leading social psychology researchers, a community practice expert, a psychologist from an Islamic background, and a national security expert.

Watch their presentations below.


The background and objectives of the roundtable.

What are the threats to social cohesion?

Dr Clarke Jones, co-director, Australian Intervention Support Hub, Australian National University

Community engagement and building community-led intervention in Australia

What is social cohesion?

Professor Kate Reynolds, Research School of Psychology, Australian National University

Social psychology and social cohesion: A close look at the evidence

Mrs Shehzi Yusaf, clinical psychologist and Convener of the APS Psychology from an Islamic Perspective Interest Group

The meaning of social cohesion: The "other" perspective

Where are the gaps, and what can psychology offer?

Adjunct Professor Diane Bretherton, Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland

Promoting peace and social cohesion

Associate Professor Winnifred Louis, School of Psychology, University of Queensland

Evidence-based social cohesion?