Professor of Social Psychology, Keele University

I joined the School of Psychology as Professor in March 2016. I was previously Principal Research Fellow for the Security and Justice Research Group, in the School of Law at the University of Leeds. I specialize in understanding the nature and role of social identity processes and intergroup dynamics in crowd behaviour as this applies to ‘riots’, ‘hooliganism’ and public order policing.

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. Since graduating I have held a Visiting Professorship at Leeds University Business School and Visiting Fellowships and Scholarships at the Australian National University, the University of Exeter and Flinders University.

I am currently an Editorial Consultant for the British Journal of Social Psychology. I have previously been a Consultant Editor of the European Journal of Social Psychology on the Editorial Board of Criminology and Criminal Justice. I have also been a guest Editor of a special edition of Contemporary Social Science, the Journal of the Academy of the Social Sciences and am currently Guest Editor for a Special Issue on policing crowds for the journal Policing.

I have been involved both as principle and co-investigator in research and consultancy projects worth in excess of £3 million provided by a wide range of organisations including the ESRC, Leverhulme Trust, the European Commission, UK Home Office as well as charitable foundations and a number of policing and other governmental 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. In 2015 I also won the University of Leeds Vice Chancellor’s Impact Award for the Social Sciences.


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    Professor of Social Psychology, Keele University