Find out about our people and their research.

John Drury Photo of John Drury

Professor of Social Psychology

John conducts research on crowds, collective action, social movements, mass emergencies and disasters, crowding and crowd safety.

Read more about John Drury.

Sanj Choudhury Photo of Sanj Choudhury

Research Assistant 

Sanj is a project assistant working with John on various projects. 

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Susie Ballentyne Photo of Susie Ballentyne

PhD Student

Susie's research interests include social identity, resilience, and post-migration stress and wellbeing. 


David Clarke Photo of David Clarke

PhD Student 

David's research will be exploring prefiguration processes in social movements. 

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Louise Davidson Photo of Louise Davidson

PhD Student 

Louise’s research will be applying the Social Identity Approach to investigate the ways emergency responders work together both within and between different response organisations, in order to enhance interoperability during major incidents. 


Freya Mills Photo of Freya Mills

PhD Student 

Freya's research will be exploring whether support groups and group identification can help mitigate negative health outcomes and improve wellbeing for those with Long COVID. 

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Peanut Photo of Peanut.

Mascot/Pet Therapist

Peanut is an old rescue dog, and the offical mascot for the Crowds and Identities research group. Due to the fact that she is a dog, it is unlikely that Peanut will produce any publishable research, a fact that Professor Drury has now come to terms with. Peanut has also dabbled in pet therapy, providing students and staff in the School of Psychology with cuddles and friendship in times of stress.


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