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Dr Giovanni Travaglino

Lecturer in Social and Organisational Psychology



On academic leave until August 2019


Dr Giovanni Travaglino



Research interests

I am interested in the social and cultural psychology of collective action, protest and dissent. My research in this area has examined public perceptions of, and collective opposition to criminal (mafia-style) organisations. I am also working on the question of how individuals express their political dissent when they feel they have no political voice.

Another line of my work focuses on the social psychology of deviance. My research in this area has examined groups’ response to disloyalty and leadership transgressions.

I would welcome applications from potential doctoral students in these areas.

Key publications

  • Travaglino, G. A., Abrams, D., & Randsley de Moura, G. (2014). Men of honor don’t talk: The relationship between masculine honor and social activism against criminal organizations in Italy. Political Psychology. doi: 10.1111/pops.12226 
  • Travaglino, G. A., Abrams, D., Randsley de Moura, G., Marques, J. C., & Pinto, I. (2014). How groups react to disloyalty in the context of intergroup competition: Evaluations of group deserters and defectors. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 54, 178-187. doi: 10.1016/j.jesp.2014.05.006
  • Abrams, D. Randsley de Moura, G., & Travaglino, G. A. (2013). A double standard when group members behave badly: Transgression credit to ingroup leaders. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 105, 799-815. doi: 10.1037/a0033600

Key invited talks

  • Travaglino, G. A. (May 2016). Passivity or legitimisation? Organised crime in society. University of Rome La Sapienza.
  • Travaglino, G. A. (February 2016). Legitimising Organised Crime: The Social Psychology of Omertà. University of Exeter.
  • Travaglino, G. A. (22 September 2015). Deviance, Transgression, and Illegal behaviour in the intergroup context: A Subjective Group Dynamics Approach. La Sapienza, University of Rome.


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