Helena Radke


  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room S5, Psychology Building

7 George Square, Edinburgh
Post code


  • My online office hours are Wednesday 11am-12pm during the teaching semester and starting on the 28th of September. Please email for a link.


I completed my Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons I; University Medal) in 2011 and my PhD in 2016 at the University of Queensland, Australia. I then worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Osnabruck in Germany from 2017 to mid-2019 before starting as a Lecturer in Social Psychology at the University of Edinburgh. 


PhD (University of Queensland)

Bachelor of Psychological Sciences (Hons I, University Medal; University of Queensland) 

Undergraduate teaching

Psychology 2A: Social Psychology Lectures


Postgraduate teaching

Research Methods in Social Psychology

Problem-based Social Psychological Research

Dissertation in Social Psychology

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Research summary

My research interests include understanding prejudice and how social change occurs through collective action. Specifically, I’m interested in understanding and overcoming the barriers women face when engaging in collective action to overcome sexism, and the benefits and backlashes associated with involving allies in political movements.

Selected publications:

Radke, H. R. M., Kutlaca, M., & Becker, J. C. (2021). Disadvantaged group members' evaluations and support for allies: Investigating the role of communication style and group membership. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations.

Radke, H. R. M., Kutlaca, M., Siem, B., Wright, S. C., & Becker, J. C. (2020). Beyond allyship: Motivations for advantaged group members to take action disadvantaged groups. Personality and Social Psychology Review.

Kutlaca, M., Becker, J. C., & Radke, H. R. M. (2019). A hero, a black sheep or both? How disadvantaged and advantaged groups perceive those who confront prejudice. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.

Radke, H. R. M., Hornsey, M. J., & Barlow, F. K. (2018). Changing versus protecting the status quo: Why men and women engage in different types of action on behalf of women. Sex Roles, 79, 505-518. 

Radke, H. R. M., Hornsey, M. J., Sibley, C. G., & Barlow, F. K. (2017). Negotiating the hierarchy: Social dominance orientation among women is associated with the endorsement of benevolent sexism. Australian Journal of Psychology, 70, 159-166.

Radke, H. R. M., Hornsey, M. J., Sibley, C. G., Thai, M., & Barlow, F. K. (2017). Is the racial composition of your surroundings associated with your levels of social dominance orientation?. PloS one, 12.

Radke, H. R. M., Hornsey, M. J., & Barlow, F. K. (2016). Barriers to women engaging in collective action to overcome sexism. American Psychologist, 71, 863-874.

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