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Scholarly biography

Apurv is a social psychologist interested in exploring Self—Other relationships as the cornerstone of human communication and social knowledge. His research seeks to understand and address social inequalities in the Global South, especially India where he has conducted extensive ethnographic work in income-poor communities.

Currently, his work focuses on dynamics of risk and trust in context of health, especially vaccines.

Research interests

Apurv's research examines sociocultural construction of risk in everyday life and its management through trust in society. A second strand of his work applies Self-Other dialectic as fundamental to social life, communication and knowledge to examine social inequalities, poverty, and disadvantage in the Global South.

His research has explored the following themes: public understanding of science;  vaccine hesitancy;  poverty, deprivation, and social exclusion;  identities, particularly ethnic and racial.


  • Vaccine hesitancy in Ontario, Canada with Discourse, Science, Publics Lab (Kieran O'Doherty) at University of Guelph, Canada
  • A cultural perspective on strategic risk taking in healthcare with Dr Chetan Sinha at Jindal GLobal University, Sonepat, India

Supervisory Interests

Risk and trust in and healthcare settings;  Perspectives on vaccines (including hesitancy and refusal);  Public understanding of science;  Poverty, deprivation, and social exclusion

Research ideas related to Indian subcoontinent and the Global South are particularly welcome. Interested students are encouraged to send a short email to Apurv with their initial ideas.

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Master, University of Cambridge

External positions

Member, Expert Reference Group on Poverty, British Psychological Society

15 Jan 2020 → …

Peer Reviewer

1 Sep 201930 Sep 2024

External Examiner, University of East London

Dec 2017 → …


  • BF Psychology
  • risk
  • trust
  • vaccine
  • philosophy of mind
  • Self-identity

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Research Output 2013 2015

Representations of Mental Health Among Middle‐Aged Urban Chinese Men

Lu, XW., Chauhan, A. & Campbell, C., 2015, In : Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology. 25, 5, p. 384-399

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

mental health
urban population
mental illness
Open Access
Public Policy
Open Access
September 11 Terrorist Attacks
Social Problems

Activities 2017 2018

  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Taught course
  • 1 Membership of professional body

Common sense, social representations and stepping down from the ivory tower

Apurv Chauhan (Keynote speaker)
3 Aug 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Institutional Classism and Society's Most Vulnerable

Apurv Chauhan (Invited presenter)
10 May 2018

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

Researching social problems: Putting the cart before the horse?

Apurv Chauhan (Invited presenter)
24 Oct 2017

Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk


British Psychological Society (External organisation)

Apurv Chauhan (Member)
2017 → …

Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesMembership of professional body

External Examiner

Apurv Chauhan (Examiner)

Activity: External examination and supervisionTaught course