I am Professor of Social Psychology and Dean for Research in the Faculty of Natural Science at Keele University in Staffordshire. I specialise in understanding the nature and role of social identity processes and intergroup dynamics in crowd behaviour as this applies to ‘riots’, ‘hooliganism’ and policing. I currently participate in the Behavioural Science Sub Committee (SAGE) of the UK Government's Scientific Advisory Group in Emergencies (SAGE).
I obtained my PhD under the supervision of Professor Steve Reicher from the School of Psychology at the University of Exeter. My external examiner was Professor Mick Billig. I have been involved both as principle and co-investigator in research and consultancy projects worth in excess of £5 million provided by a wide range of organisations including the UKRI, ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, the European Commission, UK Home Office as well as charitable foundations and a number of policing, governmental and football organisations. My research work has achieved high-level external impact at a national and international level. In 2014 I was awarded the Economic and Social Research Council’s ‘Celebrating Impact’ First Prize. In 2015 my work was acknowledged by the ESRC as one of its ‘Top 50’ achievements in its 50-year history.