Anne Templeton


  • Psychology
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room S33, Psychology Building

7 George Square, Edinburgh
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  • Office hour:
    2-3 on Fridays (virtually). If you would like to meet then please email me ahead of time at


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 and second year students and supervise 3rd an 4th year dissertations. I am the Course Organiser of Identities & Collective Behaviour.


Postgraduate teaching

I am the Programme Director for the MSc Social Psychology programme.


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?


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 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, Perceived threats and 'stampedes': a relational model of collective fear responses, Co-Investigator (£802,432)
GCRF, Facilitating safe evacuee response in sudden onset emergencies, PI (£3,000)

Past project grants

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

Invited speaker

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

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