Leda Blackwood


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Research interests

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

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Projects 2018 2020

Research Output 2001 2019

The need to re-focus on the group as the site of radicalization

Smith, L. G. E., Blackwood, L. & Thomas, E. F., 28 Aug 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Perspectives on Psychological Science. p. 1-68 68 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access

Celebrating the imperfections of community-based research

Costas Batlle, I., Blackwood, L. & Stevens, E., 2018.

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

43 Downloads (Pure)
Open Access

Causality in the study of collective action and behaviour

Louis, W. R., La Machia, S., Amiot, C., Blackwood, L., Mavor, K. & Saeri, A., 31 Jan 2016, Questioning Causality: Scientific Explorations of Cause and Consequence Across Social Contexts. Harre, R. & Moghaddam, F. (eds.). California, U. S. A.: Praeger, p. 277-304 27 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

11 Citations (Scopus)
128 Downloads (Pure)

From theorizing radicalization to surveillance practices: Muslims in the cross hairs of scrutiny

Blackwood, L., Hopkins, N. & Reicher, S., 1 Oct 2016, In : Political Psychology. 37, 5, p. 597-612 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access


Data set for "Choosing between conciliatory and oppositional leaders"

Blackwood, L. (Creator), Louis, W. R. (Creator), University of Bath, 2017



Cultural Differences in the Effects of Workspace Personalisation on Individual and Organisational Outcomes

Author: Cao, Y., 19 Jun 2019

Supervisor: Weyman, A. (Supervisor), Blackwood, L. (Supervisor) & Smith, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil