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Community and City Resilience and COVID-19  – Our Webinar Series 

Webinar Conversation 5
August 5th 2020 – 2pm

‘Emerging from COVID lockdown: ‘don’t panic’ or ‘I predict a riot?’

For this fascinating webinar we will be joined by our guest speaker, Dr Chris Cocking, Principal Lecturer at the University of Brighton, who has an interest in crowd behaviour during emergencies and post disaster psycho-social support.

‘Emerging from COVID lockdown: ‘don’t panic’ or ‘I predict a riot?’ will take a detailed look into the social psychology of human behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on behaviour in the lead up to the lockdown (stock-piling/ ‘panic-buying’), behaviour during lockdown including spontaneous volunteering/mutual co-operation, initial compliance with lockdown restrictions and how/why such compliance can decrease.

It will also look at the emergence from lockdown and fears of increased disorder (pubs re-opening, free parties etc) and the role of public information from government and media reporting in influencing compliance (or not) with all of the above.

Dr Cocking has worked extensively in the crowd management sector, consulting at large events in the South East of England. He also advises on emergency planning, and has been a visiting speaker at the Cabinet Office Emergency Planning College.

Other consultations he has provided have been for the London Resilience Team, and the Greater London Assembly. He has been published in over 50 journals and user reports, including a case study by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction Scientific and Technical Advisory Group, an impact study by the British Psychological Society.

He is regularly asked to speak about his research to the media, and recently contributed to media debates about public behaviour during the COVID-19 pandemic. He is also registered on the UK government’s COVID-19 Expert Database and has submitted evidence to UK Parliamentary Select Committee investigations into the pandemic.

Jacqui Semple, EPS Chair, said: “Throughout this series of webinars on Community & City Resilience and Covid-19, we have been honoured to be joined by some of the world’s leading experts in their fields, and this, the latest in the series, is no exception.

“I know this learning event will be hugely beneficial for everyone working in emergency planning, disaster management and resilience.”

Places are limited so please do register in advance to attend what is sure to be an extremely interesting event:


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