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Research Interests

Pride; Affect; Disasters; Crowd behaviour; Collective pride; Collective shame; Collective anger; Collective hubris; Social psychology; Collective emotion; Group-based emotion; Discursive psychology; Qualitative psychology; Theoretical psychology

Vision Statement

My research is inspired by theoretically-driven and interdisciplinary approaches that typically challenge mainstream psychology research, inspire new perspectives on problems and developing creative solutions working in partnership with the individuals, organisations and communities who experience issues or problems in complex contexts. My research and work with collaborators in the UK, Europe and internationally seeks to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions, develop new innovative theories and generate change through both top-down and bottom-up social and communal processes. In most of my research, affect or emotion and discursive practices are central to understanding complex psychological, social and collective phenomena in a wide range of contexts.



Dr. Gavin Sullivan began his academic career with a thesis on Wittgenstein and Reflexivity in New Zealand before moving to Australia too work for the University of Western Sydney, the University of Sydney, and then Monash University in Melbourne. His interests in theoretical psychology quickly developed to include work using a range of qualitative methods and practical experience conducting short-term and long-term psychotherapy in clinical, forensic and private-practice settings. After being awarded a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, he spent several years in Berlin researching individual, group-based and collective emotions with various colleagues at the Free University (FU) Berlin. He also developed an interest in community-oriented and social accounts of post-disaster coping and recovery as well as occurrences of emotion in crowds (e.g., at public viewing of football games) and instances of collective pride and hubris in various groups. He has continued to explore and develop his understanding of these topics using theoretical, critical and qualitative approaches after moving to the UK in 2010 following a period as a guest professor with the Languages of Emotion research cluster at the FU. After 5 years working in several UK psychology departments, he now leads the research group focusing on Identity and Resilience in Communities and Organisations as a Reader with the Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement.


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Research Output 2014 2017

  • 6 Article
  • 2 Chapter
  • 1 Book/Film/Article review
  • 1 Comment/debate

When mega-sport events go wrong: The 'intangible' emotion and identity impact of the Brazilian 2014 World Cup semi-final loss

Sullivan, G. B. & Kuehn, T. 2017 Mega events footprints: Past, present and future. Mataruna-Dos-Santos, L. & Gama Pena, B. (eds.). Engenho, p. 529-548 19 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Commentary: Pride, Shame, and Group Identification

Salmela, M. & Sullivan, G. B. 15 Dec 2016 In : Frontiers in Psychology. 7, 1946

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Social Identification
31 Citations

Response to Comment on “Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science”

Anderson, C. J. , Bahník, S. , Barnett-Cowan, M. , Bosco, F. A. , Chandler, J. , Chartier, C. R. , Cheung, F. , Christopherson, C. D. , Cordes, A. , Cremata, E. J. , Della Penna, N. , Estel, V. , Fedor, A. , Fitneva, S. A. , Frank, M. C. , Grange, J. A. , Hartshorne, J. K. , Hasselman, F. , Henninger, F. , van der Hulst, M. & 24 others Jonas, K. J., Lai, C. K., Levitan, C. A., Miller, J. K., Moore, K. S., Meixner, J. M., Munafò, M. R., Neijenhuijs, K. I., Nilsonne, G., Nosek, B. A., Plessow, F., Prenoveau, J. M., Ricker, A. A., Schmidt, K., Spies, J. R., Stieger, S., Strohminger, N., Sullivan, G. B., van Aert, R. C. M., van Assen, M. A. L. M., Vanpaemel, W., Vianello, M., Voracek, M. & Zuni, K. 4 Mar 2016 In : Science. 251, 6277, p. 1037

Research output: Contribution to journalComment/debate

Open Access
Open Access

Activities 2014 2015

  • 5 Participation in conference

Work, Identity and Globalization International Students-Research Conference

Sullivan, G. (Keynote Speaker)
23 Mar 201527 Mar 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Work, Identity and Globalization International Students-Research Conference

Sullivan, G. (Keynote Speaker)
23 Mar 201527 Mar 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP)

Sullivan, G. (Chair)
26 Jun 201530 Jun 2015

Activity: Participation in conference

Nationalism conference

Sullivan, G. (Speaker)
1 Sep 2014

Activity: Participation in conference

First World Congress for Facial Expression of Emotion

Sullivan, G. (Speaker)
6 Jun 2014

Activity: Participation in conference