I am a lecturer in social psychology at the School of Psychology, Politics, and Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University, UK. I am interested in collective behaviour and the ways it can be affected by our group identities. In my most recent research I have explored the processes through which groups emerge during disasters and how they operate in the post-disaster period. I am also interested in how social psychological knowledge about collective behaviour can inform policy and practice related to community resilience in climate change and disasters. I also have a long-standing interest in the interplay between rhetoric, group identity and social issues. Such research has explored for example the mobilization rhetoric of social movements (e.g. anti-abortion activism and neo-Nazism), discursive analyses of community resilience in official guidance, toxic masculinity and sexism. For my research I use a range of qualitative and quantitative types of data and methods.
I completed my PhD at the University of Sussex between 2015-2018 through a scholarship provided by Public Health England. I was supervised by Prof John Drury (University of Sussex), Prof Richard Amlôt (Public Health England), Dr James Rubin (King's College London), and Prof Richard Williams (University of South Wales). My thesis explored the social psychological group processes of spontaneous community groups that emerge and respond to floods, and their implications for community resilience theory, policy, and practice. Before my PhD, I completed my undergraduate studies at the Department of Philosophy, Education, and Psychology at the University of Ioannina in Greece (2009-2013), and subsequently did an MSc in Psychological Research Methods at the School of Psychology at the University of the Dundee (2014-2015) under the supervision of Prof. Nick Hopkins.
I teach social psychology and qualitative research methods, as well as supervise dissertation projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
Research and knowledge exchange
My current projects include a) the investigation of the spontaneous emergence of community groups to respond to floods, b) the rhetoric employed by anti-abortion activists, and c) the psychosocial factors that can affect the mental health of PhD students. I was recently awarded a QR Research Seed and Impact Fund 2018-19 (£1572) by the School of Psychology, Politics, and Sociology at Canterbury Christ Church University to explore emergency responders' perceptions of communication and collective behaviour in disasters and mass emergencies.
Teaching and subject expertise
I am currently teaching or supervising students across the following modules:
- Ms Klara Justakova (PhD in Social Psychology; funded by a CCCU Scholarship)
- Research methods and statistics
- Advanced research methods and statistics
- Extended critical essay
- Dissertation Project
- Final year dissertation project
- Research methods in psychology 2 (co-convenor)
- Social and Developing Self
- Classic Studies and Practicals in Psychology
Ad hoc journal refereeing
I have reviewed papers for the following journals:
- European Journal of Social Psychology
- Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology
- Social Psychology Quarterly
- Disaster Prevention and Management
- Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management
- International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction
I hold membership in the following associations and societies:
- Committee member of the BPS Social Psychology Section (BPS SPS)
- Member (MBPsS) of the British Psychological Society (BPS)
- Postgraduate member of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP)
- Postgraduate member of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP)
- Member of the UK Alliance for Disaster Research (UKADR)
- Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA)
Latest conference presentations and invited talks
Ntontis, E. (2019).The link between women’s agency and trauma in anti-abortion rhetoric. BPS Social Psychology Section Conference, York, UK, 28-30 August.
Ntontis, E. (2019). Building community resilience to the climate crisis: The role of group psychology. UCL EPICentre Encounters: Recent advances and perspectives in multi-hazard risk and resilience. UCL, London, 2-3 July. [Keynote talk]
Ntontis, E. (2019).Women’s agency and psychological trauma in anti-abortion rhetoric. 17th Pan-Hellenic Conference of Psychological Research. Alexandroupoli, Greece 15-19 May.
Ntontis, E. (2019). Women’s agency and psychological trauma in anti-abortion rhetoric. School of Psychology, University of Kent, 3 April, 2019.
Ntontis, E. (2018). A social identity approach to community resilience. Physics and Psychology of Human Crowd Dynamics. Lorentz Center. Leiden, The Netherlands, 5-9 November.
Ntontis, E., Drury, J., Amlôt, R., Rubin, J., Williams, R. (2018). Group processes in community responses to flooding. BPS Social Section Workshop: Addressing the Crisis. Keele University, UK, 28-30 August.
Ntontis, E., Drury, J., Amlôt, R., Rubin, J., Williams, R. (2018). Floods and social identities: Implications for community resilience. International Conference on Social Identity and Health. University of Lausanne, Switzerland, 12 -14 July.
Ntontis, E., Drury, J., Amlôt, R., Rubin, J., Williams, R. (2018). Social identities and community resilience in floods: Implications for theory and practice. Public Health England PhD Student Day, The Training Center, Center for Radiation, Chemical and Environmental Hazards, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus, Chilton, UK, February 7.
Ntontis, E., Drury, J., Amlôt, R., Rubin, J., Williams, R. (2017). After the disaster: Persistence / decline of shared social identities. 11thth Pan-Hellenic Conference of Social Psychology, Greek Society of Social Psychology and Division of Social Psychology of the Greek Psychological Society, Alexandroupoli, Greece 1-3 December.
Ntontis, E., Drury, J., Amlôt, R., Rubin, J., Williams, R. (2017). Developing community resilience through social identities. 18th General meeting of the European Association of Social Psychology (EASP), Granada, Spain, 5-8 July.
Ntontis, E. & Hopkins, N. (2017). Constructing activist identities through emotions: A case study of anti-abortion rhetoric. 40th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology (ISPP), Edinburgh, 28-2 July.
Ntontis, E., Drury, J., Amlôt, R., Rubin, J., Williams, R., Saavedra-Morales, P. (2017). Emergent shared identities, social support and wellbeing in rising-tide disasters: A case study of the 2015-2016 York floods. The British Psychological Society (BPS) Workshop: “How Can Psychology Inform Disaster Management?”. BPS, London, 24 March.
Publications and research outputs
Ntontis, E. & Rocha, C. (2020) Solidarity. In Jetten, J., Reicher, S.D., Haslam, S.A. & Crurys, T. (Eds.), Together apart: The psychology of COVID-19, (pp. 102-106) SAGE. https://www.socialsciencespace.com/wp-content/uploads/Together-Apart-Complete-ms.pdf
Cruwys, T., Norwood. R., Chachay, V.S., Ntontis, E., & Sheffield, J. (2020). “An important part of who I am”: The predictors of dietary adherence among vegetarian, vegan, paleo, gluten free and weight loss dietary groups. Nutrients, 12(4).https://doi.org/10.3390/nu12040970
Ntontis, E., Drury, J., Amlôt, R., Rubin, J.G., & Williams, R. (2020). Endurance or decline of emergent groups following a flood disaster: Implications for community resilience. International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction, 45 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2020.101493
Ntontis, E (2019). Anti-abortion rhetoric and the undermining of choice: Women’s agency as causing “psychological trauma” following the termination of a pregnancy. Political Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1111/pops.12634
Ntontis, E., Drury, J., Amlôt, R., Rubin, J.G., & Williams, R. (2019). What lies beyond social capital? The role of social psychology in building community resilience to climate change. Traumatology. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/trm0000221
Drury, J., Carter, H., Cocking, C., Ntontis, E., & Guven, S.T. (2019). Facilitating collective resilience in emergencies and disasters: Recommendations based on the social identity approach. Frontiers in Public Health, 7(141). https://doi.org/10.3389/fpubh.2019.00141
Ntontis, E., Drury, J., Amlôt, R., Rubin, J.G., & Williams, R. (2018). Community resilience and flooding in UK guidance: a review of concepts, definitions, and their implications. Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management. DOI: 10.1111/1468-5973.12223
Ntontis, E. & Hopkins, N. (2018). Framing a ‘social problem’: Emotion in anti-abortion activists’ depiction of the abortion debate. British Journal of Social Psychology, 57(3), 666-683.DOI:10.1111/bjso.12249
Ntontis, E., Drury, J., Amlôt, R., Rubin, J.G., & Williams, R. (2018). Emergent social identities in a flood: Implications for community psychosocial resilience. Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, 28(1), 3-14.DOI: 10.1002/casp.2329