Department of Psychology

Dr Leda Blackwood

10W 4.23
Tel: +44 (0)1225 385606


Dr Blackwood is a social psychologist in the Department of Psychology. She has conducted research across a range of social phenomenon, including collective action and processes of alienation and radicalisation; social influence, leadership and group advocacy; and the experience and consequences of misrecognition and humiliation. This research has been conducted with various groups including union members, political activists, Muslims, young people and police. 

She is currently pursuing two related lines of research.

The first examines the processes through which societal institutions and practices contribute to (or undermine) social cohesion and community well-being. So, for instance, one area of interest is the relationships between societal authorities (e.g., within health, education, policing, employment, and welfare) and stigmatised or disadvantaged communities, and both the intended and unintended consequences of their interventions for identity, participation and voice. 
The second reflects interest in the diverse forms of organization (e.g., government, social movements, community advocacy) through which people pursue social change and how these are shaped by inter- and intra-group struggles over identity and strategy. Broadly speaking, this research seeks to contribute to a more dynamic and non-linear understanding of social change and social stasis. In this research she is interested in the perspectives of both those who seek to effect change and those who are the subject of social change interventions. .

Research interests 

  • Social movements and community advocacy
  • Community organization and social change strategies
  • Social influence and leadership
  • Social participation, citizenship and voice
  • Class, gender, and ethnicity


Book Sections

Louis, W. R., La Machia, S., Amiot, C., Blackwood, L., Mavor, K. and Saeri, A., 2016. Causality in the study of collective action and behaviour. In: Harre, R. and Moghaddam, F., eds. Questioning Causality. California, U. S. A.: Praeger, pp. 277-304.

Blackwood, L. M., Hopkins, N. and Reicher, S. D., 2012. Divided by a Common Language?:Conceptualizing Identity, Discrimination, and Alienation. In: Jonas, K. and Morton, T., eds. Restoring Civil Societies:. John Wiley and Sons, pp. 222-236.

Blackwood, L., 2010. Unions, workers, and developing human capability::A Social Psychological perspective. In: Bryson, J., ed. Beyond skill: Institutions, organisations, and human capability. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 176 - 196.

Terry, D., Hogg, M. and Blackwood, L., 2001. Prejudiced attitudes, group norms, and discriminatory behaviour. In: Understanding the Psychology of Prejudice and Racism. NY: Sage.


Blackwood, L. and Louis, W. R., 2017. Choosing between conciliatory and oppositional leaders:The role of out-group signals and in-group leader candidates’ collective action tactics. European Journal of Social Psychology, 47 (3), pp. 320-336.

Blackwood, L., Hopkins, N. and Reicher, S., 2016. From theorizing radicalization to surveillance practices:muslims in the cross hairs of scrutiny. Political Psychology, 37 (5), pp. 597-612.

Louis, W. R., Amiot, C. E., Thomas, E. F. and Blackwood, L., 2016. The ‘activist identity’ and activism across domains:A multiple identities analysis. Journal of Social Issues, 72 (2), pp. 242-263.

Blackwood, L., 2015. What is wrong with the official 'psychological' model of radicalisation? Public Spirit

Blackwood, L., 2015. Policing Airport Spaces: The Muslim Experience of Scrutiny. Policing, 9 (3), pp. 255-264.

Blackwood, L., Terry, D. and Duck, J., 2015. When believing in the union is (not) enough::The role of threat and norms in intentions to act on union legitimacy and efficacy beliefs. Australian Journal of Psychology, 67 (2), pp. 65-74.

Blackwood, L., Hopkins, N. and Reicher, S., 2015. 'Flying while Muslim': Citizenship and Misrecognition in the Airport. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 3 (2), pp. 148-170.

Blackwood, L., Hopkins, N. and Reicher, S., 2013. Turning the Analytic Gaze on “Us”:The Role of Authorities in the Alienation of Minorities. European Psychologist, 18 (4), pp. 245-252.

Blackwood, L., Hopkins, N. and Reicher, S., 2013. I know who I am, but who do they think I am? Muslim perspectives on encounters with airport authorities. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 36 (6), pp. 1090-1108.

Blackwood, L., Livingstone, A. G. and Leach, C. W., 2013. Regarding Societal Change. Journal of Social and Political Psychology, 1 (1), pp. 105-111.

Blackwood, L. M. and Louis, W. R., 2012. If it matters for the group then it matters to me: Collective action outcomes for seasoned activists. British Journal of Social Psychology, 51 (1), pp. 72-92.

Hopkins, N. and Blackwood, L., 2011. Everyday citizenship: Identity and recognition. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, 21 (3), pp. 215-227.

Hornsey, M. J., Blackwood, L., Louis, W., Fielding, K., Mavor, K., Morton, T., O'Brien, A., Paasonen, K. E., Smith, J. and White, K. M., 2006. Why do people engage in collective action? Revisiting the role of perceived effectiveness. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 36 (7), pp. 1701-1722.

Hornsey, M. J., Blackwood, L. and O'Brien, A., 2005. Speaking for others:The pros and cons of group advocates using collectives language. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 8 (3 SPEC. ISS.), pp. 245-257.

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