Professor Geoffrey BeattieBSc PhD CPsychol CSci FBPsS FRSM FRSA

is an internationally acclaimed psychologist, author and broadcaster. He is Professor of Psychology at Edge Hill University and in recent years a Masters supervisor on the Sustainability Leadership Programme at the University of Cambridge and Visiting Professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He was Professor of Psychology at the University of Manchester from 1994-2012.

He is a prize-winning academic with a First Class Honours degree in psychology from the University of Birmingham and a Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Cambridge. He was awarded the Spearman Medal by the British Psychological Society for 'published psychological research of outstanding merit' and the internationally acclaimed Mouton d'Or for his work in semiotics.

He is both a Chartered Psychologist and a Chartered Scientist. He is also a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and an ex-President of the Psychology Section of the British Association for the Advancement of Science (B.A.).


His books range from academic through literary non-fiction to fiction. He is the author of 26 books published by Granta, Victor Gollancz, Chatto & Windus, Penguin/Mainstream, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Orion, Headline, Routledge etc.

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Media Work

He was the resident on-screen psychologist for 11 series of Big Brother, and has presented a number of TV series, including 'Life's Too Short’ (BBC1), 'Family SOS' (BBC1) and 'The Farm of Fussy Eaters' (UKTV), and been interviewed on numerous documentaries.

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Research Areas

Geoff is renowned for his work on non-verbal communication and unconscious prejudice, and he is a thought leader on our implicit attitudes towards the environment. His passion for sports and his homeland of Northern Ireland have also driven his research.

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Latest News

Book optioned for a film by major Hollywood studio

November 2021

Internationally-acclaimed psychologist takes his book on boxing to the bright lights of Hollywood Edge Hill University’s world-renowned…

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Review of Selfless in Irish Times

July 2021

Geoff's latest book, the autobiographical 'Selfless: Journeys through Identity and Social Class' has attracted an excellent review in the…

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Foreign editions of ‘The Psychology of Climate Change’

July 2021

The Portuguese edition for Brazil of ‘The Psychology of Climate Change’ with co-author Laura McGuire has now been published; the Chinese…

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