After George Floyd: Why does civil unrest spread between cities?

By John Drury Protests and riots that began in Minneapolis after police killed an unarmed African American have now spread to over 23 states. I recently led a large-scale programme of research on the wave of riots in England in

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Looking back: The role of the general election in satisfaction with UK response to COVID-19

By Carina Hoerst Recently, a group of people with controversial stances protested against lockdown restrictions in the US – a particularly concerning move since the protest action was carried out against the ban of public assembly and could increase the infection rate

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How to cope with working from home

By Carina Hoerst The current life under COVID-19 is physically restricting. We are bound to being at home a bit more than we want. Luckily, we live in times of global connection which enables us to break the restriction –

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People Like Us in 2020

By Susie Ballentyne If there’s ever a time of year when so many of us are making plans for change, it’s now. Over half of us make a new year’s resolution to change something about our behaviour, yet very few

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Ten things I learned from being editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology

By John Drury Today (31st December 2019) I step down from being editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology (BJSP), a post I have occupied for three years, shared with Hanna Zagefka (Royal Holloway University of London). The occasion has prompted me

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Tackling hate – from parliament to campus

By Carina Hoerst Last week was National Hate Crime Awareness Week. What started in 1999 as a reaction to attacks on the Black and LGBT community has become a big event and takes place every year since. Today, it seems

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There are no rioters in Hong Kong

By Patricio Saavedra Morales. In June this year, thousands of Hongkongers hit the streets to protest against a controversial extradition bill promoted by the Chief Executive of the former British colony, Carrie Lam. During those days, Hongkongers, as well as

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Can protesting be good for you?

By Sara Vestergren. We often hear about the difficulties and negative consequences of protesting and activism, and these negative consequences might be the reason why you are on this page in the first place. Some protest related experiences can leave

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How participation in collective action can change lives, and how those changes endure over time

By Sara Vestergren and John Drury. Most of us have some experience of collective action, even if it is only walking past a rally on our way to work, or signing a petition. However, our involvement might extend the casual everyday

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What is a crowd? Implications for computer simulation

By Anne Templeton and John Drury. What is a crowd? The answer to this question has implications for planning, crowd safety management, and computer simulation of people movement. A common definition of a crowd is a large group of people

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