Anne Templeton


  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room S33, Psychology Building

7 George Square, Edinburgh
Post code


  • Office hour:
    2:30-3:30 on Fridays.

    If you cannot make this time then please email me at to arrange an alternative time.


PhD, University of Sussex

MSc, University of Surrey

MA (hons), University of St Andrews

Responsibilities & affiliations

Commitee Member - British Psychological Society Social Psychology Section

Undergraduate teaching

I am a personal tutor to first year students and supervise 3rd year dissertations.


Postgraduate teaching

I am Course Organiser of the Social Psychology of Identities course.

I also provide lectures, seminars and/or workshops on the following modules:

- Research Methods for Social Psychology

- Problem-Based Social Psychological Research

- Current Topics in Social Psychology

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Past PhD students supervised

I co-supervised 8 undergraduate students and 2 MSc students on projects ranging from cultural antecedents to intergroup conflict in Iraq, preventing sexist behaviour in school children, avenues to overcoming prejudice of the caste system in children in Nepal, punishment of ingroup and outgroup transgressions, and racism in shooter bias.

Research summary


My over-arching research interest is applying the social identity approach to intra and intergroup processes. My research primarily focusses on crowd psychology and using principles of group identity to improve crowd safety in emergencies and at mass events. I do this through exploring a) the role of group identity on feelings of safety, empowerment, and well-being, b) processes underlying communication between crowd members and safety personnel, and c) incorporating the role of group identities into computer models of collective movement. 

More broadly, I am interested in processes underlying prejudice and stigmatisation (and how these can be overcome), the role of collective action and efficacy in political change, and antecedents to political behaviour. 


Past project grants

PPLS Pilot Scheme Grant, University of Edinburgh (£3,000)
DTSL research grant, ‘Improving crowd resilience – using social identity to enhance threat detection and response to threats’, PI (£79,369)
Social Sciences Faculty Research Fund for equipment, University of Kent (£5000)
Travel grant, Munich University of Applied Sciences (€1000)
Research Learning Initiative, University of Sussex (£750)
Alumni Travel Grant, University of Sussex (£226.49)
Pathways Scholarship, Argyll and Bute Council (£5000)

Invited speaker

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

Templeton, A., Drury, J., & Philippides, A. (2017). Behavioural signatures of psychological and physical crowds. Paper given at the Gathering for crowd safety science: Future directions, Manchester.

Templeton, A., Ntontis, E., Alfadhli, K., Albjour, A., & Drury, J. (2016). “Us” and “Them”: How do we categorise refugees? Paper given at Conference on Hate Speech in Digital and Social Media, Amaan, April

Templeton, A., Drury, J., & Philippides, A. (2015). Examining the behavioural patterns of psychological crowds. Paper given at Combing Computer Science and Psychology workshop, Munich, July

Templeton, A., Drury, J., & Philippides, A. (2015). The case for including social psychology in to computer models of crowds. Paper given at Workshop for International Collaborations, Munich, June

Templeton, A., Drury, J., & Philippides, A. (2013). Conceptualising physical and psychological groups: A review of the modelling literature. Paper given a Workshop on Sociology and Psychology in Crowd Simulations, Munich University of Applied Sciences, Germany, December

Papers delivered

Templeton, A., Drury, J., & Philippides, A. (2017). Incorporating social identity into a computer model of crowd behaviour. Paper given at EASP General Meeting, Granada.

Templeton, A., Seitz, M., Drury, J., & Philippides, A. (2015). ‘Walking Together’: Incorporating group identity in computer models of collective behaviour.  Paper given at the British Psychological Society Developmental Section & Social Section Annual Conference, Manchester, September.

von Sivers, I., Templeton, A., Koster, G., & Drury, J. (2014). Humans do not always act selfishly: Social identity and helping in emergency evacuation simulation. Paper given at Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics, Delft, Holland, October

Templeton, A., Drury, J., & Philippides, A. (2014). From unthinking masses to small groups: Conceptualising collective behaviour in crowd modelling. Paper given at BPS Social Psychology Section Postgraduate Conference, Kent, April

von Sivers, I., Templeton, A., Koster, G., & Drury, J. (2014). Psychology meets computer science: Impact of social identity on pedestrian simulation. Paper given at PhD Symposium for Applied Sciences, Munich, May

In the press

How to create the perfect atmosphere in a stadium. (2018). BBC. Accessible at

Understanding Hajj crowds could help stop another crush. (2015). Reuters. Accessible at 

Templeton, A., & Drury, J. (2015). Here’s how to make the Hajj safer - by better understanding crowd psychology. The Conversation. Accessible at

Vestegran, S. & Templeton, A. (2016). Normalising the Abnormal: Pokemon Go. Accessible at

Ntontis, E., & Templeton, A. (2016). Mind the (identity) gap. Accessible at