School of Psychology

Crowds and Identities: John Drury's Research Group


The crowd is at the centre of social life: national and international events, social change and civic celebration, major incidents and everyday life – all involve experiences with crowds. In the past, social scientists claimed that the crowd was a source of social ills and social dysfunction. In a number of disciplines and topic areas, crowd researchers have moved away from this narrow, unidirectional view. Our research is a series of interlinked studies which seeks to provide a theoretical framing for our multiple experiences of crowd events.

John Drury's Research Group Blog 



Social psychologist at the University of Sussex specialising in crowds and collective behaviour

RT @wwcrowds: @DrJohnDrury @Julian5News Choice in direction, pausing to look behind, collision avoidance. Showing thought in proc……

@StrategicNews1 @wwcrowds 'panic'? 'Fleeing' would be a more neutral term.

@wwcrowds @StrategicNews1 Especially when all the official advice is to run! When we see relevant others run, it te……

@Julian5News @wwcrowds Why 'panic'? What should people have done?

@StrategicNews1 @wwcrowds Why 'panic'? What should people have done?

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