Improving anti-prejudice programs focus of new Western research


Jordan Mansell


A team of researchers from Western’s Network for Economic and Social Trends (NEST) have received a Grand Challenges for Human Flourishing award from the Templeton World Charity Foundation.


Jordan Mansell, a postdoctoral researcher in political science, received the funding for a project focusing on emotional regulation and out-group prejudice. He hopes the findings will help develop more effective anti-prejudice programs.

Mansell is collaborating with NEST director Victoria Esses and political science professor Mathieu Turgeon, as well as researchers from six other universities. The group is partnering with the Mosaic Institute, a “think-and-do tank” committed to dismantling prejudice, advancing pluralism and reducing conflict.

The awards were created to support research that pushes the boundaries of scientific knowledge to help people flourish, attracting applicants worldwide.

“We are honoured to be part of this effort to investigate innovations in human flourishing,” Mansell said. “We have pulled together a project team of excellent scholars across North America to pool our skills and expertise in our partnership with Mosaic Institute to evaluate and devise anti-prejudice programs.”


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