Dr Robert LoweLecturer in Psychology

Qualifications

PhD in psychology, Lancaster University (2006)
MA (Hons) in psychology, University of St. Andrews, (2000)

Research Interests

I research the impact of social group memberships in everyday life, particularly in relation to individual and collective health.

My work considers the impact of our social identifications on conflict: from the political violence of Northern Ireland, to the everyday violence of UK pub and club culture. I also write on the often overlooked social elements of health processes, particularly in regard to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Further work considers the cultural elements of UK alcohol consumption.

I am also interested in the development of the social psychological Social Identity Theory. My PhD examined the role of time in social identity processes, particularly in relation to the internet and political protests.

Professional Body Membership and Activity

Member of British Psychological Society, BPS Social Psychology Section

Research Outputs

Book Chapters

Lowe, R.D. & Muldoon, O. (Forthcoming) "Unexpected and Inclusive Social Identities in Intractable conflict: the case of Northern Ireland", in Representations of Peace and Conflict (Eds. S. Gibson & S. Mollan). Palgrave.

Muldoon, O. T. & Lowe, R. D. (2012) "Identity, Conflict, and the Experience of Trauma", in Restoring Civil Societies: The Psychology of Intervention and Engagement Following Crisis (eds K. J. Jonas and T. A. Morton), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK.
doi: 10.1002/9781118347683.ch12

Lowe, R. D., Muldoon, O. & Schmid, K. (2009) "Expected and Unexpected Identity Combinations in Northern Ireland: Consequences for Identification, Threat, and Attitudes", in On Behalf of Others: The Psychology of Benevolence in a Global World (Eds. K. Monroe, C. Kinnvall, and S Scuzzarello). Oxford University Press.
doi:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195385557.003.0013

Journal Articles

Levine, M., Lowe, R.D., Best, R., & Heim, D. (Paper accepted for publication) "'We police it ourselves': Group processes in the escalation and regulation of violence in the night-time economy", European Journal of Social Psychology

Lowe, Robert D., Levine, Mark, Best, Rachel M. and Heim, Derek (2012) "Bystander reaction to women fighting: Developing a theory of intervention", Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27(9). pp. 1802-1826
doi: 10.1177/0886260511430393

Muldoon, O. T. & Lowe, R. D. (2012) "Social Identity, Groups, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder", Political Psychology, 33: 259-273
doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9221.2012.00874.x

Lowe, R.D. & Muldoon, O.T. (2010) "Religious and Ethnonational Identification and Political Violence", Ethnopolitics, 9, 71-83
doi: 10.1080/17449050903557443

Abell, J., Condor, S., Lowe, R.D., Gibson, S. and Stevenson, C. (2007) "Who ate all the pride? Patriotic sentiment and English national football support", Nations & Nationalism, 13 (1), 97-116
doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8129.2007.00268.x

Conference Presentations

Heim, D., Lowe, R.D. & Levine, M. (2012) "'We police it ourselves': Group processes and the informal regulation of violence in the night-time economy", New Directions in the Study of Alcohol Group, Llandindrod Wells, Powys, UK

Lowe, R.D. & Heim, D. (2011)"Collecting qualitative data in social psychological surveys: Analysing the relationship between open-ended writing about alcohol and scale data", BPS Social Section Conference, University of Cambridge, UK

Muldoon, O., Lowe, R.D., & Schmid, K. (2011) "Shaping socio-political boundaries in Northern Ireland", BPS Social Section Conference, University of Cambridge, UK

Stevenson, C. & Lowe, R.D. (2009) "Crowd behaviour as display and performance: Embodying the crowd perspective", BPS Social Section Conference, University of Sheffield, UK

Lowe, R.D., Muldoon, O., McNamara, N., Kregel., J. (2009) "Unexpected and novel social identities in Northern Ireland: Being 'Northern Irish', International Society for Political Psychology 32nd Annual Scientific Meeting, Trinity College, Dublin

Lowe, R.D., Muldoon, O., McNamara, N., Kregel., J. (2009) "Being Northern Irish in Northern Ireland: A shared identity?" Repertoires of Violence: Multidisciplinary Analyses of the Representation of Peace and Conflict. York St John University, UK

Lowe, R.D. & Muldoon, O. (2008) "Post-traumatic stress: groups, power and social identity", International Society for Political Psychology 31st Annual Scientific Meeting, Sciences Po, Paris

Lowe, R.D. & Muldoon, O. (2008) "Social identity processes and 'The Legacy of the Troubles'", British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Royal Dublin Society

Lowe, R.D. (2004) "The impact of Time within social psychological analysis", BPS Social Section Conference, University of Liverpool

Lowe, R.D. (2003) "Exploring the 'contexts' of social psychology: Time and space". Convenor of symposium, BPS Social Section Conference, LSE, London

Lowe, R.D. (2003) "Temporal and spatial referencing in collective identities: Located demonstrations and online discussions", BPS Social Section Conference, LSE, London

Lowe, R.D. (2003) "Spatio-temporal mobilization: social movements and the internet", International Conference of Critical Psychology, University of Bath

Lowe, R.D. (2002) "Temporality in psychological and sociological studies of social movements", BPS Social Section Conference, University of Huddersfield

Robert Lowe

Department

Interdisciplinary Studies
Crewe Campus
Crewe Green Road
Crewe
Cheshire
CW1 5DU

Tel: 0161 247 5792

Email: r.lowe@mmu.ac.uk