Crowds and Identities: John Drury’s Research Group

Representations of crowd behaviour in the management of mass emergencies (Leverhulme project)

Representing and managing crowd events

This Leverhulme-funded project examines the representations of crowd psychology held by crowd managers, including event organizers, emergency planners and the police. Negative views of the crowd, such as ‘mass panic’, rationalize and legitimize forms of crowd management that have been shown to undermine informal collective resilience. This survey, document analysis and case study examines the extent to which different crowd professionals endorse negative (or positive) views of the crowd, and how these operate in practice.

More resources can be found on the Leverhulme project page.