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Apurv Chauhan

Dr Apurv Chauhan

Lecturer in Social and Cultural Psychology


Dr Apurv Chauhan joined King’s in 2023. Before coming to King’s, he was a Principal Lecturer in Social Psychology at University of Brighton and a Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Postdoctoral Fellow at University of Guelph, Canada.

Apurv completed his PhD in Social Psychology at London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE), an MPhil in Social Psychology at the University of Cambridge, and a BA (Hons) and MA in Psychology from University of Delhi.

Apurv leads the Sociocultural Lab in the Department of Psychology at King's.

Research Interests

Apurv is a social and cultural psychologist committed to understanding poverty, homelessness, and related social inequalities and injustices. In this area, his work explores the role of language in constructing and driving disadvantage, stigmatisation, and othering of people in these groups. He is also interested in understanding social epistemologies of health in poor Indian communities. In recent years, he has started examining ethnocentric biases in qualitative research methodology and methods, along with using NLP and big data to apprehend collective psychological phenomena.

Apurv welcomes doctoral students in the following areas:

  • Poverty, homelessness, deprivation
  • Social representations and public understanding of science
  • Qualitative approaches to examining perspectives on risk and trust in health
  • Indigenous epistemologies and psychologies

He has a special interest in the Indian socio-cultural and political context.


Apurv teaches modules on Social Psychology and Qualitative Research.

Expertise and Public Engagement

Apurv served on BPS National Expert Group on Poverty (2020-21) and currently serve on the APA Division 5 Task Force on Indigenous Psychology. He is an Associate Editor for Medical Sociology with Frontiers in Sociology and has served as the Joint Editor-in-Chief for Sage Open - Psychology. He peer reviews for Belgian Science Policy Office.