Room S33, Psychology Building
- 7 George Square, Edinburgh
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2022 UKRI Future Leaders Fellow, University of Edinburgh
2018 Lecturer in Social Psychology, University of Edinburgh
2017 Research Associate, University of Kent
PhD, University of Sussex
MSc, University of Surrey
MA (hons), University of St Andrews
I am a personal tutor to first and second year students and supervise 3rd an 4th year dissertations. I am the Course Organiser of Identities & Collective Behaviour.
I supervise MSc dissertations, am Course Organiser of the MSc Social Psychology of Identities course and provide lectures, seminars and/or workshops on the following courses:
- Research Methods for Social Psychology
- Problem-Based Social Psychological Research
- Current Topics in Social Psychology
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Current PhD students supervised
I am a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow leading the project ‘Simulating the impact of first responder communication strategies on citizen adherence in emergencies’. 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 social identity to improve crowd safety in emergencies and at mass events. I do this through exploring a) the role of social identities on feelings of safety, empowerment, and well-being, b) processes underlying communication between psychological crowd members and safety personnel, and c) incorporating the role of social identities into computer models of collective movement.
Current project grants
ESRC SGSSS Collaborative studentship, ‘Understanding the drivers of safety at major sporting events’, Principal Investigator (£68,774)
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 (£278,106)
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)
Past project grants
DTSL research grant, ‘Improving crowd resilience – using social identity to enhance threat detection and response to threats’, PI (£79,369)
GCRF, Facilitating safe evacuee response in sudden onset emergencies, PI (£3,000)
Templeton, A., (2021). Bringing together knowledge from social psychology and pedestrian modelling: moving towards evidence-based models of collective behaviour. Paper presented at the 2021 Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics conference, Australia, November
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). Integrating the psychology of collective behaviour into computer models of crowd movement. Paper given at Using CCTV data to analyse, understand and predict behaviour during emergencies workshop. England, July.
Templeton, A. (2019) The case for including group relations in pedestrian models of contraflow. Paper presented at Modelling and Calibration of Pedestiran Dynamics, Warwick, 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 Dnyamics 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
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
British Psychological Society Social PSychology Section 2021 Annual Conference. Information available at https://www.delegate-reg.co.uk/sps2021/.
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). Merging crowd psychology and pedestrian modelling. Paper presented at Fire
Safety Symposium, Edinburgh, February.
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., 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
Communication and collaboration in a crisis (2021). Royal Society Edinburgh Getting Curious panel discussion. Accessible at: https://www.rse-curious.com/communication-and-collaboration-in-a-crisis/
Enhancing security culture at publicly accessible locations. Security & Policing Home Office Event. March 10 2021.
How to create the perfect atmosphere in a stadium. (2018). BBC. Accessible at https://www.bbc.com/ideas/videos/how-to-create-the-perfect-atmosphere-in-a-stadium/p06bg8xf
Understanding Hajj crowds could help stop another crush. (2015). Reuters. Accessible at https://uk.reuters.com/video/2015/12/30/understanding-hajj-crowds-could-help%20sto?videoId=366851964&videoChannel=4000&channelName=Technology
Templeton, A., & Drury, J. (2015). Here’s how to make the Hajj safer - by better understanding crowd psychology. The Conversation. Accessible at https://theconversation.com/heres-how-to-make-the-hajj-safer-by-better-understanding-crowd-psychology-48128
2021-2022 - I am part of a subgroup within the Scottish Government COVID-19 Behavioural Insights team evaluating the social psychological processes behind COVID-19 transmission in hospitals. This involved reporting to stakeholders such as the COVID-19 Nosocomial Review Group to relay identified barriers and avenues for development related to staff adherence of COVID-19 guidance.
2021 - I was an observer for the Science Board of the UK Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport during the Events Research Programme. This involved conducting research to identify barriers attendees faced when navigating the COVID-19 guidance, and collaborating with the board to produce reports to government, including their Phase 1 report which can be accessed here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/events-research-programme-phase-i-findings/events-research-programme-phase-i-findings.
2020 - I acted as a research advisor to the Sports Grounds Safety Authority to identity ticketholder experiences and reasons for (non)adherence to the COVID-19 guidance during the UK government-led pilot sporting events.