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Gavin Brent Sullivan

Professor of Social Psychology IPU Berlin and Visiting Professor of Social and Political Psychology, Coventry University, Coventry University

Dr. Gavin Brent Sullivan is a Professor of Social and Political Psychology in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University and a Professor of Social Psychology at the International Psychoanalytic University Berlin.

Gavin’s early work in psychology was as a theoretical, philosophical and critical psychologist with a strong interest in Wittgenstein’s philosophy, Vygotsky’s psychology, discursive psychology and defensible forms of social constructionism. He has subsequently published theoretical and research articles on such topics as self and borderline personality disorder, psychotherapy and language/conversation, qualitative research methods, qualitative health psychology, pride and self-conscious emotions, national pride, and collective hubris. He taught a module on diversity in global governance for the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations Master of Public Administration and researches collective and group-based emotions, political populism, collective Identity and disaster preparedness, resilience and recovery. He now teaches undergraduate and postgraduate social psychology at IPU in Berlin, Germany.


  • –present
    Reader in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, Coventry University


Alexander von Humboldt Society Alumnus