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Prof John Drury

Post:Professor of Social Psychology (Psychology)
Location:PEVENSEY 1 2B22

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, where I am currently Reader in Social Psychology.


I am Deputy Director of Research and Knowledge Exchange (Impact) 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 the UCU rep for Psychology.

Community and Business

My work on mass emergency behaviour has been used by the emergency services, the Department of Health, and Birmingham Resilience. A United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction case study, based on my research, can be found here.  I convene a module on the Psychology of Crowd Safety Management for live event safety professionals at Bucks New University. I have also worked with government departments, arts and theatre groups, social media businesses and community organizations, including Public Health England, eResponse Crowd Safety, the Event Safety Institute, the 'As You Are' centre, 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