Obtained his degree in Social and Organizational Psychology from ISCTE in 2004. In 2009, he obtained his PhD in Social Psychology from ISCTE in collaboration with the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is Visiting Assistant Professor at FCH since 2010 where he teaches Social Psychology on the Degree in Psychology and the Master’s Degree in Communication Sciences. His main activity is research at the Institute of Social Sciences (ICS) of the University of Lisbon. He has collaborated with the ICS since 2004 within projects related to social norms, prejudice, intergroup relations and social attitudes and behaviors. Between 2009 and 2015, he developed post doctoral research in ICS in collaboration with the Radboud University in Nijmegen (The Netherlands) on the phenomenon of implicit racial prejudice and the influence of social norms on its emergence. Since February 2015, he has been an FCT Research Fellow with a project that addresses the influence of meritocracy on socially critical decisions (moral dilemmas, medical diagnoses, shooting decisions). He is a membe of the Directive Board of LiSP - Lisbon PhD in Social Psychology. He currently serves on the Governing Board of ICS as Deputy Director.
Book

Inclusão e desempenho académico de crianças e jovens imigrantes: o papel das dinâmicas de aculturação

Rui Costa Lopes (with Guerra, Rita). 2019.
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Primes and Consequences: A Systematic Review of Meritocracy in Intergroup Relations

Rui Costa Lopes (with Madeira, Filipa). 2019.
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School achievement and well-being of immigrant children: The role of acculturation orientations and perceived discrimination

Rui Costa Lopes (with Guerra, Rita). 2019.
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“Our Country Needs a Strong Leader Right Now”: Economic Inequality Enhances the Wish for a Strong Leader

Rui Costa Lopes (with Sprong, Stefanie). 2019.
Book Chapter

Atitudes e recurso a meios coercivos: contributos da psicologia social

Rui Costa Lopes (with Costa-Lopes, Rui). 2018.
Paper

Cultural Values Moderate the Impact of Relative Deprivation

Rui Costa Lopes (with Heather J. Smith). 2018.
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Majority Group Members’ Negative Reactions to Future Demographic Shifts Depend on the Perceived Legitimacy of Their Status

Rui Costa Lopes (with Outten, H. Robert). 2018.
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Regaining In-Group Continuity in Times of Anxiety About the Group’s Future. A Study on the Role of Collective Nostalgia Across 27 Countries

Rui Costa Lopes (with Smeekes, Anouk). 2018.
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Schrodinger's immigrant: The political and strategic use of (contradictory) stereotypical traits about immigrants

Rui Costa Lopes (with Denis Sindic). 2018. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology
Book Chapter

Socially critical decisions towards low status groups: the role of meritocracy

Rui Costa Lopes (with Rui Costa-Lopes). 2018.
Paper

Understanding how and why people participate in crowd events

Eduardo Cintra Torres & Rui Costa Lopes (with Torres, Eduardo Cintra). 2018. Social Science Information
Other

Priming meritocracy increases implict prejudice

Rui Costa Lopes (with Costa-Lopes, Rui). 2017.
Book Chapter

Categorização social e fatores ideológicos na dinâmica das relações intergrupais

Rui Costa Lopes (with Vala, Jorge). 2016.
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Intergroup Relations and Fundamental Dimensions of Social Judgment

Rui Costa Lopes (with Costa-Lopes, Rui). 2016.
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Revisiting the measurement of anomie

Rui Costa Lopes (with Teymoori, A.). 2016. PLoS ONE
Book

Power and identity

Rui Costa Lopes (with Sindic, Denis). 2015. Psychology Press. Taylor & Francis Group
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Categorisation salience and ingroup bias: The buffering role of a multicultural ideology

Rui Costa Lopes (with Costa-Lopes, Rui). 2014. International Journal of Psychology
Book

Power and identity

Rui Costa Lopes (with Sindic, D.). 2014. Power and Identity
Paper

Nations' income inequality predicts ambivalence in stereotype content: How societies mind the gap

Rui Costa Lopes (with Durante, F.). 2013. British Journal of Social Psychology
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Social psychological perspectives on the legitimation of social inequality: Past, present and future

Rui Costa Lopes (with Costa-Lopes, R.). 2013. European Journal of Social Psychology
Book Chapter

A normatividade das atitudes e comportamentos sociais: Uma introdução

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Dynamics and dilemmas in social psychology: Social relations, identities and cognition

Rui Costa Lopes (with Vala, J.). 2012. Portuguese Journal of Social Science
Book Chapter

National identity and attitudes toward immigrants in a comparative perspective

Book Chapter

National identity and attitudes towards immigrants in a comparative perspective

Rui Costa Lopes (with Vala, Jorge). 2012.
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Similarity and dissimilarity in intergroup relations: different dimensions, different processes

Rui Costa Lopes (with Costa-Lopes, Rui). 2012.
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Similarity and dissimilarity in intergroup relations: Different dimensions, different processes4

Rui Costa Lopes (with Costa-Lopes, R.). 2012. Revue Internationale de Psychologie Sociale
Book Chapter

O impacto da norma anti-racista nas respostas a inquéritos sobre preconceito

Rui Costa Lopes (with Costa-Lopes, Rui). 2011.
Book Chapter

Atitudes face à imigração e identidade nacional

Rui Costa Lopes (with Vala, Jorge). 2010.
Book Chapter

Conjugalidade e parentalidade

Rui Costa Lopes (with Amor, Teresa). 2010.
Paper

From Prejudice to Discrimination: The Legitimizing Role of Perceived Threat Indiscrimination Against Immigrants

Rui Costa Lopes (with Pereira, Cícero Roberto). 2010. European Journal of Social Psychology
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Semelhança e diferença nas relações entre grupos sociais

Rui Costa Lopes (with Costa-Lopes, Rui). 2010.
Book

Similarity and Dissimilarity in Immigration Contexts.

Book

Similarity and dissimilarity in immigration contexts: different dimensions, different processes

Rui Costa Lopes (with Costa-Lopes, Rui). 2010. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller
Paper

Youth attitudes toward difference and diversity: a cross-national analysis

Rui Costa Lopes (with Vala, Jorge). 2010. Analise Social
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Is the attribution of cultural differences to minorities an expression of racial prejudice?

Rui Costa Lopes (with Vala, Jorge). 2009. International Journal of Psychology
Book Chapter

A Construção Social das Diferenças nas Relações entre Grupos Sociais

Rui Costa Lopes (with Costa-Lopes, Rui). 2008.
Other

Similarity and dissimilarity in immigration contexts: different dimensions, different processes

Rui Costa Lopes (with Lopes, Rui Costa). 2008.
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Intergroup relations, Racism and attribution of natural and cultural traits.

Rui Costa Lopes 2005. Psicologia Politica
Book

The intersections of power and identity.