Dr. Sara Vestergren

School of Health and Society

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Contact Details

Allerton L812e

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Current positions

Lecturer in Social Psychology


Dr Sara Vestergren is a lecturer in Social Psychology at University of Salford. Sara’s main research interest and area of expertise is collective action, more specifically participation in collective action (e.g., protest participation). In her research, Sara mainly uses qualitative methods such as ethnographic interviews and reflexive thematic analysis to explore psychological change through participation in collective action. She has, together with Prof. John Drury at University of Sussex, developed a theory of emergent and enduring change through participation in collective action. Alongside her work on protests and collective action Sara is also leading the large international COVID-19 project, COVIDiSTRESS exploring psychological stressors and behavioural implications of the pandemic in 68 countries.


  • Social psychology
  • Qualitative methods

Research Interests

  • Collective action
  • Activism
  • Protests
  • Crowds
  • Social movements
  • Social identity
  • Environment

Qualifications and Memberships


  • PhD


  • British Psychological Society (CPschol)
  • International Society or Political Psychology