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E: A.Templeton@ed.ac.uk | Tel: (+44)1316511302 |Address: 7 George Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9JZ





Lecturer in Social Psychology, University of Edinburgh

I lead the Identities and Collective Behaviour research group consisting of 19 researchers from bachelors to postdoctoral level. I am the Programme Director of the MSc in Social Psychology, and am Course Organiser to the MSc course ‘The Social Psychology of Identities’ and UG course ‘Identities and Collective Behaviour’. I also provide lectures and tutorials on social psychological methods and group processes.


Research Associate, University of Kent

As part of the Centre for the Study of Group Processes, I researched the role of intragroup and intergroup dynamics in crowd behaviour and political voting behaviour. I was the PI of a project exploring the role of group processes in crowd resilience, entailing leading a team of 10 Research Assistants from undergraduate to postdoctoral level.




2013 – 2017   PhD Psychology, University of Sussex

2011 – 2012   MSc Social Psychology, University of Surrey

2007 – 2011   MA (Hons) Psychology, University of St Andrews




Competitive Funding Awarded




UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, ‘Simulating the impact of first responder communication strategies on citizen adherence in emergencies’, Principal Investigator (£1,377,119)

Chief Nursing Office Directorate, ‘Reducing COVID-19 transmission by identifying barriers and avenues to safe behaviours in hospitals’, Principal Investigator (£207,766)

DCMS, ‘Factors associated with attendee adherence to COVID-19 guidance during the 2021 DCMS Events Research Programme’, Principal Investigator (£72,350)

ESRC SGSSS Steers studentship, ‘Incorporating decision-making in environmental emergencies into behavioural computational models for crisis planning’, Principal Investigator (£63,662)



Resuscitation Council, ‘A psychologically calibrated brief intervention to enable bystander CPR’ Co-Investigator (£31,130)



MHCLG: ‘Means of Escape in Residential Buildings’, Co-Investigator (£377,280)



ESRC: ‘Perceived threats and 'stampedes': a relational model of collective fear responses’, Co-Investigator (£802,432)



Global Challenges Research Fund: ‘Facilitating safe evacuee response in sudden onset emergencies’, Principal Investigator (£3000)






DTSL research grant: ‘Improving crowd resilience – using social identity to enhance threat detection and response to threats’, Principal Investigator (£79,369)

Research Publications



Journal papers

Neville, F., Templeton, A., Smith, J. & Louis, W. (2021). Social norms, social identities and the COVId-19 pandemic: Theory and recommendations. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 15(5), e12596. https://doi.org/10.1111/spc3.12596

Abrams, D., Lalot, F., Hopthrow, T., Templeton, A., Steeden, B., Özkeçeci, H., Imada, H., Warbis, S., Sandiford, D., Meleady, R., Fell, E., Abrams, Z., Abrams, A., Ngan, X. Q., Celina, S., Tanyeri, A., Gammon, M., Abrams, B., Fischer, L., ... Peckham, S. (2021). Cleaning up our acts: Psychological interventions to reduce engine idling and improve air quality. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 74, e101587. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2021.101587

Templeton, A. (2021). Future research avenues to facilitate social connectedness and safe collective behaviour at organised crowd events. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 24(2). https://doi.org/10.1177/1368430220983601

Templeton, A., Tekin Guven, S., Hoerst, C., Vestergren, S., Davidson, L, Ballentyne, S, Madsen, H., & Choudhury, S. (2020). Inequalities and identity processes in crises: Recommendations for facilitating safe response to the COVID-19 pandemic. British Journal of Social Psychology, 59(3), 674-685. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12400

Templeton, A., Drury, J., & Philippides, A. (2020). Placing Large Group Relations into

Pedestrian Dynamics: Psychological crowds in counterflow. Collective Dynamics, 4(A23),


Adrian, J. et al. (2019). A glossary for research on human crowd dynamics. Collective Dynamics,

4(A19), 1-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.17815/CD.2019.19

Templeton, A., Drury, J., & Philippides, A. (2018). Walking together: Behavioural signatures of

psychological crowds. Royal Society Open Science, 5(7). https://doi.org/10.1098/rsos.180172

Alnabulsi, H., Drury, J., & Templeton, A. (2018). Predicting collective behaviour at the

Hajj: Place, space, and the virtuous cycle of cooperation. Philosophical Transactions B, 373 (17573). https://doi.org/10.1098/rstb.2017.0240

Seitz, M., Templeton, A., Drury, J., Koster, G., & Philippides, A. (2017). Parsimony and

reductionism can crowd psychology be introduced to computer simulation? Review of General Psychology, 21(1), 95-102. https://doi.org/10.1037/gpr0000092

Reicher, S. D., Templeton, A., Neville, F., Ferrari, L., & Drury, J. (2016). Core disgust is

attenuated by ingroup relations, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113 (10), 2631-2635. https://10.1073/pnas.1517027113

Von Sivers, I., Templeton, A., Kunzner, F., Köster, G., Drury, J., Phillippides, A., Neckel, T.,

Bungartz, H. (2016). Modelling social identification and helping in evacuation simulation, Safety Science, 89, 288-300. https://10.1016/j.ssci.2016.07.001

Templeton, A., Drury, J., & Philippides, A. (2015). From mindless masses to small groups:

Conceptualizing collective behavior in crowd modeling. Review of General Psychology, 19 (3), 215-229. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/gpr0000032

Von Sivers, I., Templeton, A., Köster, G., Drury, J., & Philippides, A. (2014). Humans do not

always act selfishly: Social identity and helping in emergency evacuation simulation. Transport Research Procedia, 2, 585-593. https://10.1016/j.trpro.2014.09.099


Key technical reports

Templeton, A, Smith, K., Jurstakova, K., Dang Guay, J., Ellis, O., Martinez, N., Mao, G., Ulusahin, Y., & Drury, J. (2021). Factors associated with attendee adherence to COVID-19 guidance during the 2021 DCMS Events Research Programme (final report). [Submitted to DCMS, becoming publicly available late June)

Templeton, A., & Nash, C., (2021). Means of Escape in Residential Buildings: Proposed Methodology. [Submitted to MHCLG, becoming publicly available late summer]

Templeton, A., Smith, K., Dang Guay, J., Barker, N., Whitehouse, D., & Smith, A. (2020, October 15). Returning to UK sporting events during COVID-19: Spectator experiences at pilot events. Sports Grounds Safety Authority. Available from: https://sgsa.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/Returning-to-UK-sporting-events-during-COVID-19-Analysis-of-spectator-experiences-at-pilot-events.pdf


Book chapters

Templeton, A., & Neville, F. (2020). Modelling collective behaviour: Insights and applications from crowd psychology. In L. Gibelli (Ed.), Crowd Dynamic (Vol 2) (pp. 55-81). Birkhauser.


Invited keynotes, presentations and guest lectures


Templeton, A., (2021). Incorporating group processes into pedestrian movement. Guest lecture at Munich University of Applied Sciences, online, July.

Templeton, A., (2021). Exploring intra- and inter-group cooperation in crowds. Guest lecture at Coventry University, online, May.

Templeton, A., (2021) Physical crowds and psychological crowds: Incorporating group behaviour into crowd models. Guest lecture at the Universite de Paris, online, May. 

Wijermans, N., & Templeton, A. (2020). SIA-PED: Social identity approach in PEDestrian modelling. Paper presented at the SIAM Workshop 2, online, October

Templeton, A., Smith, K, Dang Guay, J. (2020). Returning to UK sporting events during COVID-19:

Spectator experiences at pilot events. Paper presented at Sports Grounds Safety Authority Panel, online, October

Templeton, A. (2019). The case for including group relations in pedestrian models of contraflow.

Paper presented at Modelling and Calibration of Pedestrian Dynamics, Warwick, February.

Templeton, A. (2019). Merging crowd psychology and pedestrian modelling. Paper presented at Fire

Safety Symposium, Edinburgh, February.

Templeton, A. (2018). The role of social identity in group memberships. Paper presented at Social membership in the natural world, Paris, November

Templeton, A. (2018). Incorporating behavioural signatures of psychological crowds into a computer model of crowd behaviour. Paper presented at the Physics and Psychology of Human Crowd Dynamics workshop, Leiden, November

Templeton, A. (2018). Crowd behaviour and emergency management. Paper given at Local Authority Building Control workshop, Manchester, March

Templeton, A. (2018). Improving crowd resilience – using social identity to enhance detection and response to threats. Paper given at the Defence and Security Accelerator workshop, London, February

Templeton, A. (2017). Understanding the crowd: The role of group identity in facilitating collective behaviour. Paper given at KCDC Olympics Symposium and Workshop, Seoul, November

Templeton, A. (2017). Crowd psychology & behaviour: Placing social identity into computer models. Paper given at 3rd International Conference on Mass Gatherings Medicine Riyadh, October


Teaching and supervisory roles




I am course organiser of: The Social psychology of Identities (MSc) and Identities and Collective Behaviour (UG). I also lecture on the following MSc courses: Research Methods in Social Psychology, Current Issues in Applied Psychology.



I have been responsible for the supervision of 2 PhD students, 11 MSc students, and 30 undergraduates on topics of crowd psychology and group processes. I have experience supervising 24 Research Assistants from undergraduate to postdoctoral level to supervise topics on adherence to COVID-19 guidance. This includes organising and overseeing development of materials, participant recruitment, data collection, analysis of both quantitative and qualitative research, and reporting to stakeholders.


Teaching service and development activities

As Programme Director of the MSc in Social Psychology, I was responsible for overseeing student admissions, structuring the courses with the programme, and standardising assessment and feedback across the programme. I also spearheaded a student and staff initiative to develop skills-based feedback in course assessment, to assist the development of transferable skills for all students in the department.



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