Matthew Radburn and Clifford Stott

Matthew Radburn (pictured) is a postdoctoral research fellow at Keele University, where he is working on a range of policing related projects as part of the academic team within the Keele Policing Academic Collaboration. Clifford Stott is a professor of social psychology and dean for research in the Faculty of Natural Science at Keele. He specializes in understanding the nature and role of social identity processes and intergroup dynamics in crowd behavior as this applies to ‘riots,' ‘hooliganism’ and policing.

Riots Are Not Just Mindless Violence

Social psychology teaches us that when people riot, their collective behavior is never mindless. It may often be criminal, but it is structured and coherent with meaning and conscious intent. To address the causes of such violence, we need to understand this.

3 years ago