International EARA-EASP-EAPP meeting “Building Inclusive Identities”

Multidisciplinary RKTS (Research Knowledge Transfer Scheme) conducted in collaboration with the Department of Psychology “Renzo Canestrari”, University of Bologna, Italy

Chairs: Elisabetta Crocetti, Monica Rubini

Identity has been a focal issue for the studies of psychology from the very beginning of this science. Social psychology has given a strong contribution to highlighting the role of social identity in intergroup relationships, with specific reference to intergroup discrimination. Research in developmental psychology has highlighted the role of identity dynamics as iterative processes through which individuals acquire identities by exploring options, getting committed or reconsidering their choices. Personality psychology has highlighted the role of individual differences in leading to particular identity configurations.
This Multidisciplinary RKTS (Research Knowledge Transfer Scheme) initiative aims to bring together these perspectives and epistemologies with the role of reaching a cross-fertilized, integrated picture of how people compose their identities. A diverse group of 24 early career scholars from three European associations will have the possibility, in collaboration with six senior scholars acting as facilitators, to develop joint research projects to be carried out after the training week. Projects developed during the training week will be then implemented and submitted for publication in top-tier international journals.

The program will be structured in one week: from 18 to 22 September 2023. It will be held at the Department of Psychology of the University of Bologna, Viale Berti Pichat 5, Bologna, Italy.

The RKTS will focus on the co-construction of knowledge among a diverse set of experts consisting of 24 early career scholars and 6 senior scholars acting as facilitators.
The meeting is organized in two main phases. First, developmental, personality, and social psychological models related to inclusive identities will be presented by senior scholars, along with a discussion of empirical research and related methodologies (e.g., longitudinal, experimental, survey). In the second step, early career scholars will be invited to develop joint research projects building upon contributions presented in phase one as well as their own interests and prior research on the topic. Thus, through a combination of lectures, workshops, practical activities, and group assignments (e.g., group presentations, consultation meetings), the early career scholars will develop collaborative research projects, bringing their own expertise on the topic and benefitting from theoretical and methodological insights shared by the senior scholars.
The envisioned results of the meeting are thought to be disseminated through joint publications prepared by groups of participants to be submitted to top-tier journals in the field. Proposals for organizing one or more special issues will be considered and discussed during the RKTS.

Senior scholars
• Prof. Veronica Benet-Martinez (Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain)
• Prof. Susan Branje (Utrecht University, The Netherlands)
• Prof. Oliver Christ (FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany)
• Prof. Elisabetta Crocetti (University of Bologna, Italy)
• Dr. Francesca Prati (University of Bologna, Italy)
• Prof. Monica Rubini (University of Bologna, Italy)

This Research Knowledge Transfer Scheme is organized by the Department of Psychology of the University of Bologna, Italy in collaboration with three European scientific organizations:
• EARA European Association for Research on Adolescence (
• EASP European Association of Social Psychology (
• EAPP European Association of Personality Psychology (

Scientific Committee: Prof. Elisabetta Crocetti, Dr. Francesca Prati, Prof. Monica Rubini
Organizing Committee: Beatrice Bobba, Stefano Ciaffoni, Francesca De Lise, Mohammad Mohsen Khoddami, Fabio Maratia, Maria Pagano, Sara Panerati, Denise Ruggieri.

How to apply?
The target of the RKTS are PhD students, post-doctoral and junior researchers. Applicants will be evaluated based on their CV and research interests, balancing for diverse and underrepresented geographical areas.

How to apply? Applicants will need to
(a) fill this application form with their data and
(b) send the following documents in English, saved as Word (.docx) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) files to (indicate in the Object: “Application for the EARA-EASP-EAPP meeting”):

  • Curriculum vitae (labeled firstname_surname_cv.docx)
  • 1-page describing their research interests pertaining to inclusive identities and sustained by published or ongoing projects (labeled firstname_surname_research interests.docx)

Note: Applicants need to be a member of EARA, EASP, and/or EAPP.

• Deadline for applying: June 16, 2023 >>> Extended to July 4, 2023
• Selection of applicants and notification of responses: By July 15, 2023
• Meeting held from 18 to 22 September 2023.

Meeting fee: Participation in the meeting is free of charge. Selected participants will receive meeting materials and refreshments during coffee breaks and lunch. Participants will have to cover their own travel and accommodation costs. Please contact us if you have problems.