Stephen David Reicher



  • Fellow
  • Boundaries, Membership & Belonging


  • University of St. Andrews
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience


  • Scotland


BSc & PhD University of Bristol (UK)


Stephen Reicher is a social psychologist focused on social identity processes and collective behavior. 

Reicher has published widely on crowd action, leadership, nationalism, intergroup hatred, conformity and the psychology of tyranny. He has been consultant to a wide range of bodies, including police agencies, the Equalities and Human Rights Commission, and the Scottish and UK governments, on a range of topics from social inclusion to behavior in emergencies to public order policing.


Fellow of American Physical Society, 2018

Fellow of the British Academy

Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh

Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences

Recipient of the Harold Lasswell and Nevitt Sanford awards from the International Society for Political Psychology

Relevant Publications

Reicher, S.D. & Hopkins, N.P. (2001) Self and Nation. London: Sage

Reicher, S.D., Spears, R. & Haslam, S.A. (2010) The social identity approach in social psychology. In M. Wetherell  & C.T. Mohanty (Eds.) The Sage Handbook of Identities. London: Sage.

Haslam, S.A., Reicher, S.D. & Platow, M. (2011) The New Psychology of Leadership. London: Psychology Press.

Reicher, S.D. (2017). “La beauté est dans la rue”: Four reasons (or perhaps five) to study crowds. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations, 20, 593-605. 

Elcheroth, G. & Reicher, S.D. (2017) Identity, Violence and Power: Mobilizing Hatred, Demobilising Dissent. London: Palgrave.