Fergus Gilmour Neville


  • KY16 9RJ

    United Kingdom

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Research overview

My research is focussed on group processes and their pro-social and anti-social consequences. I am particularly interested in social identities, including within organisational contexts. My research covers a range of phenomena which are central to understandings of organisations and their management, including leadership and influence, normative processes, social support and toxic behaviour in groups. Much of my research has been conducted within crowds as I believe they represent a uniquely rich site in which to study processes of organisation, leadership and conflict. The core motivation running through my work is to produce outward-facing research which develops both theory and practical guidance for policy and impact.

Profile Keywords

Crowd management; organisational psychology; leadership; engaged followership; toxic behaviour


I am the Director of Postgraduate Research in the Departments of Management and Finance at the University of St Andrews Business School.

I joined the School in January 2019 having previously held postdoctoral positions at the university at the Schools of Medicine (2011-2016) and Psychology (2016-2018). I completed my PhD (2007-2011), MRes (2006-2007) and BSc (2001-2005) degrees in the School of Psychology, with a year studying at Emory University as a Robert T Jones Memorial Scholar (2005-2006). From 2017-2020 I was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Dundee, and from 2018-2020 was a Guest Professor at the Universität Bayreuth.

Teaching activity

  • MN2901 Becoming an Effective Manager
  • MN3202 Research Methods II
  • MN4100 Contemporary Issues in Management
  • MN5511 Leadership in Organisations
  • MN5499 Dissertation

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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