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Dr. Gavin B. Sullivan

Position

Senior Research Fellow


Cluster

Disaster & Climate Resilience (DCR)


Mail

gavin.sullivan@coventry.ac.uk


Summary

Dr. Gavin Sullivan began his academic career with a thesis on Wittgenstein and Reflexivity in New Zealand before moving to Australia to work for the University of Western Sydney, the University of Sydney, and then Monash University in Melbourne. His interests in theoretical psychology quickly developed to include work using a range of qualitative methods and practical experience conducting short-term and long-term psychotherapy in clinical, forensic and private-practice settings. After being awarded a prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship, he spent several years in Berlin researching individual, group-based and collective emotions with various colleagues at the Free University (FU) Berlin. He also developed an interest in community-oriented and social accounts of post-disaster coping and recovery as well as occurrences of emotion in crowds (e.g., at public viewing of football games) and instances of collective pride and hubris in various groups. He has continued to explore and develop his understanding of these topics using theoretical, critical and qualitative approaches after moving to the UK in 2010 following a period as a guest professor with the Languages of Emotion research cluster at the FU. After 5 years working in several UK psychology departments, he was very grateful to have been selected to co-lead the research group focusing on Identity and Resilience in Communities and Organisations as a Reader with the Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement.

Research Interest

My research is inspired by theoretically-driven and interdisciplinary approaches that typically challenge mainstream psychology research, inspire new perspectives on problems and developing creative solutions working in partnership with the individuals, organisations and communities who experience issues or problems in complex contexts. My research and work with collaborators in the UK, Europe and internationally seeks to challenge taken-for-granted assumptions, develop new innovative theories and generate change through both top-down and bottom-up social and communal processes. In most of my research, affect or emotion and discursive practices are central to understanding complex psychological, social and collective phenomena in a wide range of contexts.

Education
Year Experience
2005

Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University.

2000

PhD Psychology, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

1993

BA Philosophy, University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

1990

BSc(Hons:1) Psychology,University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Research Grants/Sponsored Consultancy
    • 2018:

    • Promoted to Professor of Social and Political Psychology August 1st.
    • ESRC Festival of Social Science Event funding – Can emotions be collective? £700 Funded.

    • 2017:
    • Lead Investigator for PEOPLESRULE GOVERNANCE-03-2018 Horizon 2020 bid for 2.92 € million (not funded)
    • Lead Investigator British Academy Knowledge Frontiers application for £49,200 to extend Seismic Cities intervention to Bandung, Indonesia
    • ESRC Festival of Social Science Event funding – What is political populism? £980 Funded

    • 2016:
    • Co-Investigator on NERC/ESRC/AHRC Seismic Cities grant NE/P015964/1 £199,952 Funded
    • Co-Investigator with Joel Busher of Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations on Pump-Priming Grant for Populism and Emotion workshop in 2017 £9600 Funded
    • Awarded £9600 Pump-Priming Grant by Coventry University for research on community responses to eruptions of Mt. Sinabung, Indonesia. Funded

    • 2015:
    • Awarded £31,400 British Council Researcher Links Workshop grant on the topic of disaster preparedness in Indonesia Funded
    • Awarded £9,600 Pump-Priming Grant by Coventry University for Election 2015 research Funded
    • Awarded £14,600 Pump-Priming Equipment grant for research on facial expression coding softwareand video cameras Funded

    • 2014:
    • Awarded $1000 USD by Open Science Foundation for a replication of a cross cultural recognition of pride study Funded

    • 2013:
    • Chief Investigator B (with four colleagues) on successful submission for £20,000 to complete a review on poverty and wellbeing strategies from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation

    • 2012:
    • Awarded €3400 by the Alexander von Humboldt Society for three return research visits to Germany

    • 2011:
    • Chief Investigator C on successful grant from the Excellence Cluster Languages of Emotion "Embodying the nation: Collective emotions and national identification. Lessons from the 2010 FIFA World Cup". Approximate value € 90,000

    • 2008:
    • Chief Investigator C on Thyssen Foundation Grant Approximate value €165,000 on "Individual and collective long-term coping with extreme suffering and external aid after a natural disaster" with Professor Manfred Zaumseil and Professor Johana Hodiyono
    • Gerda Henkel Foundation grant for research on the relationship between Wittgenstein’s philosophy and psychology Approximate value AUD 50,000
    • DEST Endeavour Fellowship to conduct research in Indonesia in November 2008 Approximate value AUD 25,000
    • Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship extension from February 2008 to July 2008 Approximate value AUD 35,000.
    • Chief Investigator C on successful grant from the Excellence Cluster Languages of Emotion "Embodying the nation: Collective emotions and national identification. Lessons from the 2010 FIFA World Cup". Approximate value € 90,000

    • 2006:
    • Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship “The significance of pride for self and culture” Approximate value AUD 65,000
    • NHMRC Grant, Associate Investigator 3 on AUD 883,775 grant to examine “The effectiveness of Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) for preventing major depressive disorder in subjects at very high risk”.

    • 2003:
    • Chief Investigator D on NHMRC Strategic Research Development Group application to investigate the effects of a 20 week version of long-term Interpersonal Psychotherapy on patients with borderline personality disorder.

    • 2001:

    • Sole Investigator: Internal University of Western Sydney Seed Grant to research forensic patients’ accounts of risk AUD $3000.

Working Experiences
Year Experience
2018

Promoted to Professor of Political and Social Psychology in the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations, Coventry University on August 1

2015

International Society for Theoretical Psychology Conference Chair and Organiser for 2015 Coventry conference

2014

Reader in Social Psychology, Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement, Coventry University (July 2014 – 2017), Sole leader of Identities and Resilience in Communities and Organisations (IRCO) research theme

2011

Senior Lecturer, School of Social, Psychological and Communication Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan University (From September 2011 – June 2014)

2011

Academic Support Tutor (Short-term contract) in the Psychology Department, Brunel University (February 2011 – August 2011)

2011

Open University Associate Lecturer, Course SDK 228 "The science of the mind: investigating mental health" Science, Level 2 (October 2010 – June 2013) and Course D843 “Discourse Analysis” (October 2011 – April 2012)

2010

Conference organiser "Collective pride and related positive emotions" in Johannesburg (June 2010 – July 2010)

2010

Visiting Fellow, Wolfson College, Cambridge University (April 2010 – June 2010)

2010

Adjunct Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, Psychiatry & Psychological Medicine, Monash University (August 2010 – December 2012)

2010

Guest Professor Languages of Emotion Cluster Free University Berlin winter semester (September 2009 - March 2010)

2009

GEndeavour Research Fellow in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (November 2008 – February 2009)

2009

Gerda Henkel Foundation Research Fellow (March 2009 – August 2009, April 2010 – June 2010)

Awards

Exceptional Achievement Award received from the School of Psychiatry, Psychology and Psychological Medicine, Monash University in 2004

Publications
    • Journal Articles (In preparation and under review):

    • Sullivan, G. B., & Sagala, S. (under review). The impact of multiple eruptions of on the communities surrounding Mount Sinabung, Indonesia. Comparison of wellbeing and mental health of remaining,displaced and relocated communities.
    • Sullivan, G. B., Jones, S., & Kerrigan, N. (in preparation). English non-voters on the 2015 British General Election and EU Referendum.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (in preparation). The contrasting emotional bases of political populism: Comparing Brazil’s 2013 protests and the United Kingdom’s 2016 Brexit vote. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (in preparation). What is it like to be a Ukipper? A three wave qualitative study of supporters of a right-wing populist party. Political Psychology.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (in preparation). Improving psychological and social health after disasters in developing countries: A qualitative study in rural Bantul three years after the Yogyakarta earthquake.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (In preparation). Forensic patients experiences of risk.
    • Sullivan, G. B., Drury, J., & Repetto, P. (in preparation). Earthquake preparedness of communities living on or near the San Ramon Fault, Santiago.

    • Books (Edited and sole author):
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2017). Wittgenstein’s philosophy in psychology. Interpretations and applications in historical context. London: Palgrave.
    • Sullivan, G. B., Cresswell, J., Ellis, B., Morgan, M., & Schraube, E. (Eds.) (2017). Resistance and Renewal in Theoretical Psychology. Concord, Ontario: Captus Press.
    • Cresswell, J., Hayes, A., Larrain, A., Morgan, M., & Sullivan, G. B. (Eds.). Dialogue and Debate in the Making of Theoretical Psychology. Proceedings of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP) 2013 Conference. Concord, Ontario: Captus Press.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (Ed.). (2014). Understanding collective pride and group identity: New directions in emotion theory, research and practice. London: Routledge.
    • Zaumseil, M., Schwarz, S., von Vacano, M., Sullivan, G. B., & Prawitasari-Hadiyono, J. (Eds.) (2013). Cultural psychology of coping with disasters. The case of an earthquake in Java/Indonesia. New York: Springer.
    • Markovsis, A., Korir Cheptoo, R., Motzkau, J., Painter, D., Sullivan, G. B., Trivila, S., & Wieser, M. (Eds.) (2013). Psychology under new conditions: Proceedings of the International Society for Theoretical Psychology (ISTP) 2011 Conference. Concord, Ontario: Captus Press.

    • Journal Articles (Peer reviewed):
    • Moshontz, H., Campbell, L., Ebersole, C. R., IJzerman, H., Urry, H. L., Forscher, P. S., … Chartier, C. R. (2018). The Psychological Science Accelerator: Advancing Psychology Through a Distributed Collaborative Network. Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, 1(4), 501–515.
    • Bernales, M., Repetto, P., McIntyre, A., Vasquez, A., Drury, J., Sullivan, G. B., & Castañeda, J. (2019). Experiences and perceptions of natural hazards among international migrants living in Valparaiso, Chile, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2018.11.010
    • Busher, J., Giurlando, P., & Sullivan, G. B. (2018). Introduction: The Emotional Dynamics of Backlash Politics beyond Anger, Hate, Fear, Pride, and Loss, Humanity & Society. Advance online publication.doi.org/10.1177/0160597618802503
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2018). Collective emotions: South African pride, euphoria and unity in the context of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Frontiers in Psychology, 9, 1252. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01252
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2017). Comment: Including pride and its group-based, relational, and contextual features in theories of contempt. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
    • Salmela, M., & Sullivan, G. B. (2016) Commentary: Pride, Shame, and Group Identification. Frontiers inPsychology, 7:1946. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.01946
    • Anderson, C. J. and 38 other authors including Sullivan, G. B. (2016). Response to Comment on “Estimating the Reproducibility of Psychological Science. Science, 351 (6277), pp. 1037.
    • Open Science Foundation (2015). Estimating the Reproducibility of Psychological Science. Science. 349, 6251 DOI: 10.1126/science.aac4716
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2015). Collective emotions. Social and Personality Psychology Compass, 9(8), 383–393. doi: 10.1111/spc3.12183
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2015). Wittgenstein’s later philosophy and "pictures" of mixed-method research in psychology: a critical investigation of theories and accounts of methodological plurality. Theory & Psychology, 25, 473-493.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2014). Collective emotions and the World Cup 2014: The relevance of theories and research on collective pride and shame. Psicologia e Saber Social, 3, 112-117.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2012). Qualitative investigations of mega-sport events: Exploring individual, group-based and collective emotions in response to elite athletic success. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin, 14, 31-39.
    • Damianova, M. K., Lucas, M., & Sullivan, G. B. (2012). Verbal Mediation of Problem Solving in Pre-primary and Junior Primary School Children. South African Journal of Psychology, 42, 445-455.
    • Damianova, M., & Sullivan, G. B. (2011). Rereading Vygotsky’s Theses on Types of Internalization and Verbal Mediation. Review of General Psychology, 15, 344-350.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2011). Emotional foundationalism? Critical remarks on a phenomenological-psychoanalytic account of ethno-national identity. Ethnicities, 11, 123-130.
    • Hassed, C., De Lisle, S., Sullivan, G. B., & Pier, C. (2009). Enhancing the health of medical students:an outcome study on the Monash undergraduate mindfulness and ESSENCE lifestyle program.Advances in Health Sciences Education, 14, 387-398.
    • Thomas, A., Sullivan, G. B., & Allen, F. A. (2009). Theoretical Model of EGM problem gambling: More than a cognitive escape. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 7, 97–107.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2008). What is the status of theoretical psychology in Australia and New Zealand? An investigation of contemporary teaching and research issues. Australian Psychologist, 43(1), 61-73.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2007). Wittgenstein and the grammar of pride: The relevance of philosophy to studies of self-evaluative emotions. New Ideas in Psychology, 25, 233-252.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2007). A critical psychology of pride. International Journal of Critical Psychology, 21, 166-189.
    • Fedszyn, I., & Sullivan, G. B. (2007). An ethical re-evaluation of contemporary treatments for anorexia nervosa: Is an aspirational stance possible in practice? Australian Psychologist, 42, 3, 198-211.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2005). Forensic patients’ accounts of risk: The case for qualitative research within a sociocultural framework. Australian Psychologist, 40, 1, 31-44.
    • Sullivan, G.B. (2005). Fright Club?! A critique of contemporary anxiety treatment programs. International Journal of Critical Psychology, 14, 8-30.
    • Sullivan, G. B., & Strongman, K. T. (2003). Vacillating and mixed emotions: Exploration of a conceptual-discursive perspective through examples of pride. Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 33, 2,201-224.
    • Sullivan, G.B. (2002). Reflexivity and subjectivity in qualitative research: The utility of a Wittgensteinian framework. Forum: Qualitative Social Research [On-line Journal], 3(3). Available at: http//www.qualitative-research.net/fqs/fqs-eng.htm [Date of access: Month, Day, Year].
    • Sullivan, G.B. (2000). Millennial musings: A personal commentary on the diverse pathways, contrasting voices and future directions of critical psychology. International Journal of Critical Psychology, 1, 165-168.
    • Marshall, S., Adams, M., Cameron, A. & Sullivan, G. (2000). Academics’ perceptions of their professional development needs related to leadership and management: What can we learn? The International Journal for Academic Development, 5, 1, 42-53.

    • Chapters and conference proceedings (peer reviewed):
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2018). Resilience, culture and disasters: Implications and applications in Indonesia. In D. Paton and S. Sagala (Eds.), Disaster Risk Reduction in Indonesia: Environmental, social and cultural aspects.
    • Sullivan, G. B., & Kühn, T. (2017). When mega-sport events go wrong: The “intangible” emotional and identity impact of the Brazilian 2014 World Cup semi-final loss. In L. Mataruna Dos-Santos & B. Gama Pena (Eds.), Mega events footprints: Past, present and future (pp. 529-541). Rio de Janeiro, Engenho.
    • Nuryanti, L., Sullivan, G. B., Branney, P., & Wang, S. (2017). Resilience as boundary object in disaster policy, research and interventions: Border thinking from the Indonesian “supermarket of disaster”. In G. B. Sullivan, J. Cresswell, B. Ellis, M. Morgan, & E. Schraube (Eds.) (2017). Resistance and Renewal in Theoretical Psychology (pp. 165-174). Concord, Ontario: Captus Press.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2017). The future of psychology, theoretical psychology and global society: Beyond prediction in imagining humanity’s challenges. In G. B. Sullivan, J. Cresswell, B. Ellis, M. Morgan, & E. Schraube (Eds.) (2017). Resistance and Renewal in Theoretical Psychology (pp. 265-276). Concord, Ontario: Captus Press.
    • Giuntoli, G, Mitchell, B., Sullivan, G., Devins, D., & South, J. (2014). Well-being and poverty. In Reducing poverty in the UK: a collection of evidence reviews (pp. 41-45). York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation.
    • Sullivan, G. B., & Hollway, J. (2014). Collective pride and collective hubris in organizations. In G. B. Sullivan (Ed.), Understanding collective pride and group identity. New directions in emotion theory, research and practice (pp. 80-92). London: Routledge.
    • Sullivan, G. B., & Dumont, K. B. (2014). Collective emotion and prejudice: A naturalistic study of positive emotion following a national team victory. In G. B. Sullivan (Ed.), Understanding collective pride and group identity. New directions in emotion theory, research and practice. London: Routledge.
    • Sullivan, G. B., & Ruto-Korir, R. (2014). Is collective pride possible after intergroup violence? A case study of Kenya following the 2007 and 2008 Post-Election Violence. In G. B. Sullivan (Ed.), Understanding collective pride and group identity. New directions in emotion theory, research and practice. London: Routledge.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2014). The development of understandings of collective pride and the ability to share group feeling. In G. B. Sullivan (Ed.), Understanding collective pride and group identity. New directions in emotion theory, research and practice. London: Routledge.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2014). Collective emotions, German national pride and the 2006 World Cup. In G. B. Sullivan (Ed.), Understanding collective pride and group identity. New directions in emotion theory, research and practice. London: Routledge.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2014). Collective pride, happiness and celebratory emotions: Aggregative, network and cultural models. In C. von Scheve & M. Salmela (Eds.), Collective Emotions (pp. 266-280). Oxford University Press.
    • Zaumseil, M., von Vacano, M., Schwarz, S., Sullivan, G. B., & Prawitasari-Hadiyono, J. E. (2013). A Cultural Psychological Framework for Coping with Disasters. In M. Zaumseil, M., S. Schwarz, M. von Vacano, G. B. Sullivan & J. E. Prawitasari-Hadiyono (Eds.), Cultural psychology of coping with disasters. The case of an earthquake in Java/Indonesia (pp. 85-102). New York: Springer.

    • Book Reviews:
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2017). Combining philosophy and psychology in an attempt to make sense of the emotions generated when organizations change. Psyccritiques, 62, Article 19.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2016). The case for a thoroughly cultural and discursive moral analysis of prejudice, discrimination and racism. Psyccritiques.61
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2014). Negative feelings about interpersonal transgressions. A comprehensive overview for secular and religious psychologists. Psyccritiques, 59(23)
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2013). The dialogical self and selves in dialogue: A guide to possibilities and limits.Psyccritiques, 58(24), doi:10.1037/a0032483
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2013). Review: Daniel Whiting (ed.): The Later Wittgenstein on Language. International Journal for the Semiotics of Law - Revue internationale de Sémiotique juridique, 26, 247-252.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2008). Review: Dennis Howitt & Duncan Cramer (2008). Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology [13 paragraphs]. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung/Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 9(1), Art. 6, http://www.qualitative-research.net/fqstexte/1-08/08-1-6-e.htm.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2007). Review of 'Theoretical issues in psychology: An introduction'. Philosophical Psychology, 20(6), 822-826.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2006). Dual and Multiple Relationships: The Devil in the Detail. Psyccritiques, 51(44), doi:10.1037/a0004191
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2003). Review of “Qualitative psychology: A practical guide to research methods”. Qualitative Research Journal, 3, 142-146.

    • Other Publications:
    • Written evidence submitted from >Dr. Gavin B. Sullivan and Dr. Carlo Tramontano (CRPBA) Coventry University (EUM0017) The Foreign Policy Implications of the EU Referendum: A social psychological perspective https://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201516/cmselect/cmfaff/545/54515.htm
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2001). Self-help or self-limitation? Some concerns about the future of anxiety “dis-order” treatment programs. Anxiety Disorder Coalition Newsletter. Sydney: OCD /TOP Support and Self HelpGroups.
    • Sullivan, G. B., & Meares, R. A. (2000). A conversational model and manual of psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder. Unpublished manuscript.
    • Sullivan, G. B. (2012). Writing your third year psychology dissertation: A practical guide. Unpublished manuscript. Downloaded 66,307 times from https://coventry.academia.edu/GavinSullivan