Dr Purnima Singh

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences

Indian Institute of Technology–Delhi (IIT), Delhi, India

Institutional affiliations

Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT, Delhi, India


Purnima Singh completed her under graduate and post graduate study at the University of Allahabad, India. She completed her D.Phil in Psychology in 1985 from the University of Allahabad. She then joined as a Faculty in the University of Allahabad in 1985, where she taught till 2005.She later moved to IIT Delhi in 2005 where she is teaching at present. In 1986 she was awarded the Young Scientist Award by the Indian Science Congress Association for her research work. She went to University of Bristol, U.K. on a Commonwealth Academic Staff Fellowship during 1991-1992.

She has been associated with the Journal Psychology and Developing Societies, (published by Sage) for nearly 18 years. At present she is the Associate Editor of the journal. She is associated with a number of professional associations. She is the present Treasurer of the National Academy of Psychology (NAOP), India.

She has published a number of articles in national and international journals as well as book chapters. She has recently contributed a chapter reviewing social psychology research in India  in the last decade, a project sponsored by the ICSSR, India. Besides, she is associated with a number of national and international collaborative research projects related to justice-social, organizational and retributive, intergroup relations, identity and collective experience, counter productive work behaviors and violence.

Research Interests

  • Social and organizational justice
  • Retribution and forgiveness
  • Intergroup relations
  • Identity and collective experience
  • Counter productive work behaviors

Recent Publications

Ruback, R.W. & Singh, P.  ( in press). Inequity in Hindu-Muslim riots: A test of two biases. Journal of Applied Social Psychology.

Singh, P.  &  K.Wason. (2006). From explicit to implicit measurement: A paradigm shift in social cognition. In U.Kumar (Ed). Recent developments in psychology (pp. 88-100). Delhi:DIPR.

Pandey, J. & Singh, P. (2005). Social psychology in India: Social roots and development. International Journal of Psychology, 40, (4), 239-253.

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