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Research interests

My background is in the field of Social Psychology and my own research involves the study of groups, falling into two main areas: crowd behaviour and collective resilience.

My main body of interest is explaining how people behave in crowds and I am part of a group of Social Psychologists who seem to spend a lot of their time overcoming the classic myths associated with collectives, as crowds often behave much better than they are usually given credit for! My own particular area of interest is mass emergency behaviour and how this influences disaster planning and response guidelines. What we are increasingly finding is that communities affected by emergencies are often much more resilient to adversity than was previously expected, and this has profound implications for emergency policy and planning.

Following on from this, I am also interested in looking at how people can come together if they have a shared experience of adversity, and how this collective resilience might also help mitigate the effects of exposure to stress. I have explored the emergence of collective resilience in a variety of diverse groups, such as nurses, paramedics, and young people dealing with the everyday stresses of growing up.

Supervisory Interests

I am interested in supervising people with interests in Social Psychology, such as Crowd behaviour & collective action. I am also interested in the area of collective resilience in response to adversity and would be keen to work with health professionals with an interest in this area.  

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Research Output 2004 2019

Facilitating collective psychosocial resilience in the public in emergencies: Twelve recommendations based on the social identity approach

Drury, J., Carter, H., Cocking, C., Ntontis, E., Tekin Guven, S. & Amlot, R., 4 Jun 2019, In : Frontiers in Public Health. 7, JUN, 141.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
social psychology
public support

Exploring young people’s emotional well-being and resilience in educational contexts: a resilient space?

Cocking, C., Sherriff, N., Aranda, K. & Zeeman, L., 16 Sep 2018, In : Health.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access

Listening for commissioning: A participatory study exploring young people's experiences, views and preferences of school-based sexual health and school nursing

Aranda, K., Coleman, L., Sherriff, N., Cocking, C., Zeeman, L. & Cunningham, E., 3 Aug 2017, In : Journal of Clinical Nursing. 27, 1-2, p. 375-385 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
School Nursing
Reproductive Health
Public Health

Collective resilience and social support in the face of adversity: evidence From Social Psychology

Cocking, C., 15 Sep 2016, The Routledge international handbook of psychosocial resilience. Kumar, U. (ed.). London, UK: Routledge, Vol. 1. p. 111-123 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapterResearch

cooperative behavior
social psychology

Promoting resilience and emotional wellbeing of transgender young people: research at the intersections of gender and sexuality

Zeeman, L., Aranda, K., Sherriff, N. & Cocking, C., 22 Sep 2016, In : Journal of Youth Studies. 20, 3, p. 382-397 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
research results