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Dr. Hermann SwartDr. Hermann Swart


B.Sc (Psychology and Human Physiology), Hons.B.Sc (Psychology), M.Sc (Counselling Psychology) (Stell), DPhil (University of Oxford, UK)




NRF-rating (2014 – ): Y1





Lecturing specialization:

Social Psychology

Quantitative Data Analyses

Data Analyses using SPSS

Structural Equation Modelling using Mplus


Research specialization:

Intergroup contact and prejudice reduction in post-conflict societies


Current research projects:

Title: Mediators and moderators of the Secondary Transfer Effect

Collaborators: Dr Sylvie Graf (Academy of Sciences, Czech Republic), Dr Simon Lolliot (University of Oxford, UK), Prof Miles Hewstone (University of Oxford, UK)


Title: Multinational within- and between-group comparisons of same-group and cross-group interpersonal friendships

Collaborators: Prof Miles Hewstone (University of Oxford, UK), Prof Rhiannon Turner (Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland), Prof Ute Gabriel (Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway)


Title: South African Diversity Project

Collaborators: Prof Steven Vertovec (Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity, Germany), Prof Miles Hewstone (University of Oxford, UK)


Title: Direct and extended contact effects amongst white, black (African), and coloured South African students at Stellenbosch University: Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses

Collaborators: Prof Miles Hewstone (University of Oxford, UK), Prof Linda Tropp (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA), Dr Oliver Christ (Philipps-University Marburg, Germany), Dr Alberto Voci (University of Padova, Italy)


Title: Intergroup contact and xenophobia in South Africa

Collaborators: Prof Ashraf Kagee (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), Dr Scott Moeschberger (Taylor University, USA), Prof Miles Hewstone (University of Oxford, UK)


Title: Exploring the psychometric properties of an isiXhosa translation of the Beck Depression Inventory-II amongst non-clinical isiXhosa university students in the Western Cape, South Africa

Collaborators: Mr Henry Steel (Stellenbosch University, South Africa), Dr Catherine Ward (University of Cape Town, South Africa)



Christ, O., Schmid, K., Lolliot, S., Swart, H., Stolle, D., Tausch, N., Al Ramiah, A., Wagner, U., Vertovec, S., & Hewstone, M. (2014). Contextual effect of positive intergroup contact on outgroup prejudice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111, 3996-4000.

Hewstone, M., Lolliot, S., Swart, H., Myers, E., Voci, A., Al Ramiah, A., & Cairns, E. (2014). Intergroup contact and intergroup conflict. Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 20, 39-53.

Hewstone, M., & Swart, H. (2011). Fifty-odd years of intergroup contact: From hypothesis to integrated theory. British Journal of Social Psychology, 50, 374-386.

Hewstone, M., Swart, H., & Hodson, G. (2012). Of babies and bath-water, rabbits and rabbit-holes: A plea for conflict prevention, not conflict promotion. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 35, 436-437.

Hodson, G., Hewstone, M., & Swart, H. (2013). Advances in intergroup contact: Epilogue and future directions. In G. Hodson, & M. Hewstone (Eds.), Advances in intergroup contact (pp.262-305). London, UK: Psychology Press.

Lolliot, S., Fell, B., Schmid, K., Wölfer, R., Swart, H., Voci, A., Christ, O., New, R., & Hewstone, M. (in press). Measures of intergroup contact. To Appear In G. J. Boyle, D. H. Saklofske, & G. Matthews (Eds.), Measures of personality and social psychological constructs. Academic Press.

Lolliot, S.D., Schmid, K., Hewstone, M., Al Ramiah, A., Tausch, N., & Swart, H. (2013). Generalized effects of intergroup contact: The secondary transfer effect. In G. Hodson, & M. Hewstone (Eds.), Advances in intergroup contact (pp.81-112). London, UK: Psychology Press.

Swart, H., & Hewstone, M. (2011). Intergroup forgiveness. In D.J. Christie (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Peace Psychology (pp.445-449). Boston, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.

Swart, H., Hewstone, M., Christ, O., & Voci, A. (2010). The impact of cross-group friendships in South Africa: Affective mediators and multi-group comparisons. Journal of Social Issues, 66, 309-333.

Swart, H., Hewstone, M., Christ, O., & Voci, A. (2011). Affective mediators of intergroup contact: A three-wave longitudinal analysis in South Africa. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 1221-1238.

Swart, H., Hewstone, M., Turner, R.N., & Voci, A. (2011). Achieving forgiveness and trust in post-conflict societies: The importance of self-disclosure and empathy. In L. R. Tropp, & R. Mallett (Eds.), Beyond prejudice reduction: Pathways to positive intergroup relations (pp.181-200). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Turner, R.N., Hewstone, M., Swart, H., Tam, T., Myers, E., & Tausch, N. (2010). Promoting intergroup trust among adolescents and young adults. In K. Rotenberg (Ed.), Trust and trustworthiness during childhood and adolescence (pp. 295-321). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Service delivery:

Undergaduate and postgraduate teaching

Honours, Masters and Doctoral research supervision

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