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Dr Evangelos Ntontis


Recent Publications:

Ntontis, E. & Rocha, C. (2020). Solidarity. In Jetten, J., Reicher, S.D., Haslam, S.A., Cruwys, T. (Eds). Together Apart: The psychology of COVID-19. Sage.

Ntontis, E., Drury, J., Amlôt, R., Rubin, J.G., & Williams, R. (2020). Endurance or decline of emergent groups following a flood disaster: Implications for community resilience. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 45, 101493. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101493.

Cruwys, T., Norwood. R., Chachay, V.S., Ntontis, E., & Sheffield, J. (2020). “An important part of who I am”: The predictors of dietary adherence among vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten free and weight loss dietary groups. Nutrients, 12(4), 970. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12040970.

Ntontis, E. (2019). Anti-abortion rhetoric and the undermining of choice: Women’s agency as causing “psychological trauma” following the termination of a pregnancy. Political Psychology, 41(3), 517-532. https://doi.org/10.1111/pops.12634.

Ntontis, E., Drury, J., Amlôt, R., Rubin, J.G., & Williams, R. (2019). What lies beyond social capital? The role of social psychology in building community resilience to climate change. Traumatology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/trm0000221.

Drury, J., Carter, H., Cocking, C., Ntontis, E., & Guven, S.T. (2019). Facilitating collective resilience in emergencies and disasters: Recommendations based on the social identity approach. Frontiers in Public Health, 7(141). https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2019.00141.

Ntontis, E., & Hopkins, N. (2018). Framing a ‘social problem’: Emotion in anti‐abortion activists’ depiction of the abortion debate.British Journal of Social Psychology, 57(3), 666-683. http://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12249.

Ntontis, E., Drury, J., Amlôt, R., Rubin, J. G., & Williams, R. (2018). Community resilience and flooding in UK guidance: a review of concepts, definitions, and their implications. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, 27(1), 2-13. https://doi.org/10.1111/1468-5973.12223.

Ntontis, E., & Hopkins, N. (2018). Framing a ‘social problem’: Emotion in anti-abortion activists’ depiction of the abortion debate. British Journal of Social Psychology, 57(3), 666-683. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjso.12249.

Ntontis, E., Drury, J., Amlôt, R., Rubin, J.G., & Williams, R. (2018). Emergent social identities in a flood: Implications for community psychosocial resilience. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 28(1), 3-14. https://doi.org/10.1002/casp.2329.

For a full list of publications see my Staff Profile.


Research Interests:

I am a social psychologist interested in real-world phenomena. More specifically, I am interested in the relationship between group behaviour (e.g., crowd behaviour, social movements, leadership) and how it can be shaped by our social identities, in social problems (e.g., racism, sexism, toxic masculinity), as well as on the psychosocial predictors of wellbeing (e.g., social support, sense of belonging).


Current Research Projects:

In my most recent research I have explored the processes through which groups emerge during disasters and how they operate in the post-disaster period. I am also interested in how social psychological knowledge about collective behaviour can inform policy and practice related to community resilience in climate change and disasters.  My current projects include:

  • The investigation of the spontaneous emergence of community groups to respond to disasters.
  • Factors that might affect mass evacuations.  This is in collaboration with St Andrews and Edinburgh University.
  • The rhetoric employed by anti-abortion activists.
  • The psychosocial factors that can affect the mental health of PhD students. 
  • The social psychology of panic buying.


Developing Research Areas:

The secondary impacts of disasters on mental health.  This will be in collaboration with Sussex University and Universities in Saudi Arabia and South Wales, as well as with Public Health England.


Recent Research Grant Awards:

  • Cocking, C., Ntontis, E., & Vestergren, S. (2020-2021). Spontaneous volunteering & mutual support in local and regional COVID response. (University of Brighton, £4,253).
  • Drury, J., Reicher, S., Stott., Harrison, M., Carter, H., Neville, F., & Ntontis, E. (2020-2021). Facilitating the public response to COVID-19 by harnessing group processes (UKRI £715,738 fEC).
  • Ntontis, E. Pandemics and the Psychology of Panic-Buying. (CCCU QR Research Seed and Impact Fund 2019-20, £1542.65).
  • Ntontis, E. & Sabo, J. Anti-abortion rhetoric, moral disgust, and perceptions of elective abortion. (CCCU QR Research Seed and Impact Fund 2019-20, £1152).
  • Ntontis, E. Communication and collective behaviour processes during mass emergencies: An interview study with emergency responders. (CCCU QR Research Seed and Impact Fund 2019-20, £1572).
  • Sussex Fund Doctoral Overseas Conference grant (£647) by the Sussex University Doctoral School to participate as a speaker in the International Conference on Social Identity and Health at the University of Lausanne, Switzerland, in July 2018.
  • Travel grant from the European Association of Social Psychology (650€) for a research visit to University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.