Staff Profile


Ms Klara Jurstakova

University Instructor

School: School of Psychology and Life Sciences

Campus: To be Decided

Tel: 01227 922154

Profile summary


2019 - present Canterbury Christ Church University (PhD candidate)

2015 - 2019 University of St Andrews (MA)

2017 - 2018 University of California, Los Angeles (UCEAP programme)

Research Interests

I completed my undergraduate degree (MA, Psychology) at the University of St Andrews in 2019 where I began the research on collective action in repression under the supervision of Professor Steve Reicher. I have also worked as a research assistant at the Sigmund Freud University of Vienna, where I worked on a research project examining the experienced of unaccompanied male refugees in Austria under the supervision of Dr Nora Ruck. 

Currently, I am doing a PhD in the area of social psychology under the supervision of Dr Evangelos Ntontis and Dr Dennis Nigbur, through a CCCU scholarship. I am generally interested in group processes and intergroup relations. More specifically, in collective action and social movements under repressive conditions, with the primary focus on the Velvet Revolution (1989) in Czechoslovakia that led to the collapse of the 'communist' regime in Eastern and Central Europe.

My research will focuses on different groups of people who shape collective action and are influenced by it. This involves leaders, direct participants, as well as those who do not directly participate.

Professional memberships

European Association of Social Psychology (Postgraduate member)

International Society of Political Psychology (Student member)

Teaching and subject expertise

I am a part-time university instructor at the School of Psychology and Life Sciences, where I teach across all levels (foundation, undergraduate, Masters).

External activities

International Society of Political PsychologySocial Identity Leadership in Czechoslovakia’s (1988) Candlelight Demonstration, presentation, July 2021 (online)

Qualitative Research in Psychology in EuropeCountermobilizing Collective Action in ‘communist’ Czechoslovakia, presentation, June 2021 (online)

Group Processes and Intergroup Relations Pre-ConferenceSocial Identity Leadership in Czechoslovakia’s (1988) Candlelight Demonstration, poster presentation, February 2021 (online)

University of O’Higgins, Chile, Seminar Series: Social Identity Leadership and Demobilization processes in Czechoslovakia’s Candlelight Demonstration, presentation, January 2021 (online)

Publications and research outputs

Haslam, S. A., Reicher, S. D., Selvanathan, H. P., Gaffney, A. M., Steffens, N.K., Packer, D., Van Bavel, J.J., Ntontis, E., Neville, F., Vestergren, S., Jurstakova, K. & Platow, M. J. (2022). Examining the Role of Donald Trump and his supporters in the 2021 assault on the U.S.Capitol: A dual-agency model of identity leadership and engaged followership. The Leadership Quarterly. 

Ntontis, E., Vestergren, S., Saavedra, P., Neville, F., Jurstakova, K., Cocking, C., Lay, S., Drury, J., Stott, C., Reicher, S., Vignoles, V. (2022). Is it really ‘panic buying’? Public Perceptions and Experiences of Extra Buying at the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemic. PLoS One

Templeton, A., Smith, K., Jurstakova, K., Dang Guay, J., Ellis, O., Martinez, N., Mao, G., Ulusahin, Y., & Drury (2021). Factors associated with attendee adherence to COVID-19 guidance during the 2021 DCMS Events Research Programme Phase 1 Final Report. 

Jurstakova, K., Smith, K., Ulusahin, Y., Templeton, A., & Drury, J. (2021). Factors associated with attendee adherence to COVID-19 guidance during the FA Cup Semi-Final and Carabao Cup Final.

Jurstakova, K., Ulusahin, Y., Smith, K.,Templeton, A., & Drury, J. (2021) Factors associated with attendee adherence to COVID-19 guidance during the FA Cup Final.


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