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Prof John Drury

Post:Professor of Social Psychology (Psychology)
Other posts:Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange (Psychology)
Location:PEVENSEY 1 2B22
Personal homepage:Crowds & Identities research group

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 872514
International:+44 1273 872514

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I completed my first degree at the University of Sussex, and my MSc and PhD at the University of Exeter. I have also studied and worked at the University of Amsterdam, the University of Abertay Dundee, and the Trust for the Study of Adolescence. I came back to Sussex in 1998.


I am Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange in the School of Psychology. I am convenor for the following modules: Psychology of Crowds and Collective Action and Discourse Analysis for Psychology (mini-module). I am also a UCU rep for Psychology.

Community and Business

My research on mass emergency behaviour is used by the Fire & Rescue Service (National Resilience), the Department of Health, and crowd safety managers. A United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction case study, based on my research, can be found here.  Since 2011, I have convened a CPD course on the Psychology of Crowd Safety Management for live event safety professionals. I have also worked with government agencies, crowd safety organizations, and arts, theatre and community groups. These include Public Health England, Square Metre Crowd Safety, the Event Safety Institute,  the Emergency Planning College, Fabrica Gallery, NixonMcInnes, Club Penguin, The Fusebox, Pure360, Salon, and the Bank of Ideas. I was a 2018 finalist in the ESRC Impact awards (Public Policy). For further details of my Community and Business links, see Impact & Influence