Richard Philpot
PhD Research Student


After receiving a BA in Management Studies and enjoying several years working experience at Samsung Electronics, I returned to academia to study psychology. This commenced with a postgraduate diploma in psychology from Aston University, and progressed on to an MSc in Psychology at the University of St Andrews.

During my time as an MSc student, I developed an avid interest in social psychology. Consequently, I carried out my MSc Dissertation under the supervision of Professor Steve Reicher in the area of social identity and helping behaviour.

Currently, I am working towards a PhD in Social Psychology with Professor Mark Levine, Dr Miriam Koschate-Reis and Professor Richard Everson. This research combines cutting edge technological techniques (such as Agent Based Modeling and the microanalysis of CCTV footage) with social psychological theory and research from other disciplines to better understand, predict and prevent violence in public spaces. This work places particular emphasis on the role of the group and others in both escalating and de-escalating (self-policing) violence.

In addition to my academic responsibilities, I am also Chair of the Postgraduate Researcher Liaison Forum for Psychology.

Brief ISPP Kudos column summarizing research:

Broad research specialisms:

  • Aggression and Violence
  • Micro-analysis of Visual Data
  • Agent-Based Modeling
  • Social Identity and Self-categorization
  • Group Dynamics
  • Prosocial behaviour


BA, PGDip, MSc

Research group links

Contact details

Tel+44 (0)1392 726647
AddressWashington Singer Laboratories
University of Exeter
Perry Road
Prince of Wales Road

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