Hopkins, Nick


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1990 …2020

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Social Psychology

Qualitative Research Methods


I teach Social Psychology (especially topics concerning group processes and intergroup behaviour) on the undergraduate programme. On the postgraduate MSc programme I teach a module on Qualitative Research Methods.


After an Undergraduate degree in Experimental Psychology and an MPhil in Criminology I did my PhD in Social Psychology. I had a couple of years as a Research Assistant in Bristol and then came to Dundee in 1989. I used to be an Editor (with Prof Karen Douglas, Kent) of the British Journal of Social Psychology (2014-2016). Please do visit the journal here.

I'm interested in group behaviour and how our identities are based upon our group memberships. Some of the research I pursue is experimental. However in other research I have looked at the construction of group identity and how this may be involved in the organisation of group behaviour. Typically this work has involved the analysis of qualitative materials - e.g., speeches. In much of this work I have collaborated with Steve Reicher at St Andrews (see for example Reicher, S. & Hopkins, N., 2001 'Self and Nation', London: Sage). I've also worked quite a lot with my partner - Vered. Now working in the area of drug policy and violence against women, her PhD (in Politics) was in the field of Muslims' political organisation and action in the UK. Some of her data lent themselves to a social psychological analysis and we've worked on other data together too.

I also have longstanding links with social psychologists in India and have been involved in a number of teaching and research skills training projects based at the University of Allahabad. More recently, we have collaborated on an ESRC-funded project looking at the social psychology of collective participation in the Magh Mela - a huge Hindu festival that takes place each year at Allahabad, north India. Although this project has finished we are still writing papers from it (a mix of experimental, survey, and interview/ethnographic). This work was also featured in the Feb (2014) issue of National Geographic Magazine (Karma of the Crowd).

As well as publishing in academic journals, some of my research concerning identity has featured in various reports. One report was commissioned as part of the UK Government’s Foresight project 'Future Identities: Changing identities in the UK – the next 10 years.'  Foresight is headed by the Government Chief Scientific Adviser, who reports directly to the Prime Minister and Cabinet. It is a part of the Government Office for Science within the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. - See more at: http://www.bis.gov.uk/foresight/our-work/policy-futures/identity. Our report ( Reicher & Hopkins, 2013) is entitled ‘DR11: How will issues of power, conflict, and prejudice and discrimination impact upon notions of identity?’  and can be found at: http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/foresight/docs/identity/13-512-power-conflict-prejudice-discrimination-impact-identity.pdf.

Another report was commissioned by the Equality and Human Rights Commission: Reicher, McCrone  & Hopkins (2012) Equality and Human Rights Commission Research report 62 ‘A strong, fair and inclusive national identity’: A viewpoint on the Scottish Government’s Outcome 13.  It can be found at: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/uploaded_files/research/national_identity_viewpoint_research_report_62.pdf.

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Exeter

Award Date: 1 Jan 1988

Master of Philosophy, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 1983

Bachelor of Arts, University of Oxford

Award Date: 1 Jan 1981

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Research Output

  • Social relations in crowds: Recognition, validation and solidarity

    Hopkins, N., Reicher, S., Stevenson, C., Pandey, K., Shankar, S. & Tewari, S., Oct 2019, In : European Journal of Social Psychology. 49, 6, p. 1283-1297 15 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 2 Citations (Scopus)
    41 Downloads (Pure)

    Framing a ‘social problem’: Emotion in anti-abortion activists’ depiction of the abortion debate

    Ntontis, E. & Hopkins, N., 6 Jul 2018, In : British Journal of Social Psychology. 57, 3, p. 666-683 18 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    151 Downloads (Pure)

    Help that helps: Exploring strategic motivations in intergroup helping transactions

    Wakefield, J. R. H. & Hopkins, N., 2017, Intergroup Helping. Leeuwen, E. V. & Zagefka, H. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, p. 159-181 23 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • 12 Citations (Scopus)

    Social identity and health at mass gatherings

    Hopkins, N. & Reicher, S. D., 28 Sep 2017, In : European Journal of Social Psychology. 47, 7, p. 867-877 11 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 4 Citations (Scopus)
    173 Downloads (Pure)

    Press / Media

    Why crowds are good for you

    Nicholas Hopkins & Sammyh Khan


    1 item of Media coverage

    Press/Media: Research


    Everyday Discrimination: The Experiences of Hungarian Roma

    Author: Dobai, A., 2018

    Supervisor: Hopkins, N. (Supervisor) & Duncan, L. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy

    Gaze cues and language in communication

    Author: MacDonald, R. G., 2014

    Supervisor: Tatler, B. (Supervisor), Hopkins, N. (Supervisor), Melinger, A. (Supervisor) & Murray, W. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Help-seeking helps: : help-seeking as a strategy for managing group image

    Author: Wakefield, J., 2011

    Supervisor: Hopkins, N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


    Psychosocial determinants of post-traumatic stress among cancer survivors

    Author: Swartzman, S., 2017

    Supervisor: Sani, F. (Supervisor) & Hopkins, N. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy