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LOUPS Conference - 21st Century Social Psychology

3rd March 2018, LSE, London
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The London branch of the Open University Psychological Society welcomes all to attend our Annual Day Conference. In 2018 we are taking the opportunity to look at how psychology might explain some of the extraordinary everyday behaviour in the last couple of years. Our speakers will present their latest research on a range of fascinating contemporary social phenomena and their psychological implications.

It is open to all students, graduates, academics and practitioners, both within and outside of the Open University. It will appeal to all those interested in social behaviour and those working or interested in related settings and applied psychology. We have brought together a fantastic panel of speakers for what we hope will be an outstanding conference.


UPDATE: 02 MAR 2018

Due to the extreme weather conditions we have been experiencing this week, we have understandably received a number of queries regarding our annual conference tomorrow. We have been monitoring the situation throughout the week and we are pleased to confirm that we will be going ahead with this event.

We have confirmed this morning that the venue is operating as normal, and that John Dixon, John Drury and Mark Levine are either already on their way or departing shortly. As you may have seen from the news reports, the conditions in Scotland are unusually extreme. While we have been monitoring the situation, we have also been working with Steve Reicher and the venue to put in place a contingency plan should he not be able to make it from Scotland. Unfortunately, Steve has confirmed this morning that he is unable to reach the airport. However, we are pleased to advise that he will still be presenting and taking questions via video-conference. We have tested the system, and will run another test ahead of the conference tomorrow. We are obviously disappointed that Steve will not be able to join us in person, but we are delighted that he will still be an active part of the conference.


09.30 Registration and coffee (ground floor foyer)
10.00 Welcome talk
10.10 Prof. John Dixon (The Open University)
'Why don't we like one another? Recent directions in the psychology of prejudice'
11.25 Coffee/tea break
11.45 Prof. Mark Levine (University of Exeter)
'Social Psychology, New Technologies and Digital Data'
13.00 Lunch break (Please note that lunch is not included)
14.15 Dr. John Drury (University of Sussex)
'How behaviour spreads: from smiling to rioting''
15.30 Coffee/tea break
15.45 Prof. Stephen Reicher (University of St Andrews)
'The Rise of Donald Trump and the Psychology of Authoritarian Populism'
17.00 Closing talk

A flier for the event can be downloaded from LOUPS Conference 2018.


John Dixon

Prof. John Dixon (The Open University)

'Why don't we like one another? Recent directions in the psychology of prejudice'

John Dixon is professor of social psychology at the Open University, having working previously at Lancaster University and the University of Worcester in the UK and at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He is a former Editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology. His publications include Racial Encounter: The Social Psychology of Contact and Desegregation (2005, Routledge), co-authored with Kevin Durrheim, and Beyond prejudice: Extending the social psychology of intergroup conflict, inequality and social change (2012, Cambridge University Press), co-edited with Mark Levine.


John Drury

Dr. John Drury (University of Sussex)

'How behaviour spreads: from smiling to rioting''

John Drury is Reader in Social Psychology at the University of Sussex. For over 25 years, he has been carrying out research on crowd behaviour, including rioting and protesting crowds, crowds in emergencies and disasters, and crowds at celebratory events. His research on social identity processes in crowds has informed the training and guidance used by the emergency services and crowd safety professionals. He is currently the editor of the British Journal of Social Psychology.


Mark Levine

Prof. Mark Levine (University of Exeter)

'Social Psychology, New Technologies and Digital Data'

Mark Levine is a Professor of Social Psychology and Head of the Department of Psychology at Exeter University. His research focuses on the role of identities and group processes in pro-social and anti-social behavior. He is particularly interested in the research possibilities afforded by new technologies and digital data. This has included systematic behavioural analysis of CCTV footage of real life violent incidents in night-time economy zones in British town centres. He has also used Immersive Virtual Environments to study the behaviour of bystanders in violent emergencies. More recently he has been using natural language processing of online data to explore how group processes can shape privacy concerns and privacy behaviour. He is also interested in exploring the utility of tracking and sensing technologies to examine contact in public places, and the effect this can have on social cohesion and intergroup relations.


Stephen Reicher

Prof. Stephen Reicher (University of St Andrews)

'The Rise of Donald Trump and the Psychology of Authoritarian Populism'

Stephen Reicher is Wardlaw Professor of Psychology at the University of St. Andrews. He is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. His work addresses the relationship between social identity and collective action and - in nearly 300 publications during his career - he has addressed such phenomena as crowd behaviour, nationalism, intergroup conflict, leadership and political rhetoric, the psychology of tyranny and, latterly, conformity and obedience.




Registration will take place in the ground floor reception area from 9.30am.

The event involves a series of 4 lectures with the opportunity to ask questions.  

Talks start at 10.00am in the Wolfson Theatre (LG01) on the lower floor.

Tea and coffee breaks along with a break for lunch allow attendees to take time to socialise at the venue. Please note that lunch is not provided, but delegates can take advantage of the many food outlets available in the vicinity of the University.

LOUPS will hold their AGM, 13.40 -14.00. The meeting will be held in the Wolfson Theatre and everybody is welcome to attend. 

The day finishes at around 5.30pm.

The full programme for this event including the timetable will be available to download here in the weeks leading up to the event.

For enquiries about the day or about booking please contact us on 07958 773 173 or 07772 406 838


Some of the things delegates have said about the previous LOUPS Conferences.

"This was an excellent conference, very impressive range of highly qualified speakers and a very well run event."

"Many thanks to all the committee for making such a brilliant one day conference happen.  I found all the talks truly fascinating and very much worthwhile. ... All the speakers were brilliant ..."

"Great event, covered a very interesting range of topics."


LSE New Academic Building

The New Academic Building,
London School of Economics,
54 Lincoln's Inn Fields,


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Travel and directions

The nearest underground station is Holborn, approx. five minutes walk away.

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