I research the impact of social group memberships in everyday life, particularly in relation to individual and collective health.
My work considers the impact of our social identifications on conflict: from the political violence of Northern Ireland, to the everyday violence of UK pub and club culture. I also write on the often overlooked social elements of health processes, particularly in regard to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Further work considers the cultural elements of UK alcohol consumption.
I am also interested in the development of the social psychological Social Identity Theory. My PhD examined the role of time in social identity processes, particularly in relation to the internet and political protests.
S. Gellen, RD. Lowe (2020). (Re)constructing social hierarchies: a critical discourse analysis of an international charity’s visual appeals. Critical Discourse Studies. pp.1-21.
S. Hirsch-Hoefler, DR. Vashdi, RD. Lowe, O. Muldoon, SE. Hobfoll, et al. (2019). Status Symmetry Effect: The Association of Exposure and PTS in Israel-Palestine and Northern Ireland. Terrorism and Political Violence. pp.1-18.
OT. Muldoon, K. Acharya, S. Jay, K. Adhikari, J. Pettigrew, et al. (2017). Community Identity and Collective Efficacy: A Social Cure for Traumatic Stress in post Earthquake Nepal. European Journal of Social Psychology. 47(7), pp.904-915.
D. Canetti, S. Hirsch-Hoefler, C. Rapaport, RD. Lowe, OT. Muldoon (2017). Psychological Barriers to a Peaceful Resolution: Longitudinal Evidence from the Middle East and Northern Ireland. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism. 41(8), pp.1-17.
RD. Lowe, OT. Muldoon (2014). Shared national identification in Northern Ireland: An application of psychological models of group inclusion post conflict. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. 17(5), pp.602-616.
RD. Lowe, D. Heim, CK. Chung, JC. Duffy, JB. Davies, et al. (2013). In verbis, vinum? Relating themes in an open-ended writing task to alcohol behaviors. Appetite. 68, pp.8-13.
M. Levine, R. Lowe, R. Best, D. Heim (2012). We police it ourselves': Group processes in the escalation and regulation of violence in the night-time economy. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY. 42(7), pp.924-932.
RD. Lowe, M. Levine, RM. Best, D. Heim (2012). Bystander Reaction to Women Fighting. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 27(9), pp.1802-1826.
OT. Muldoon, RD. Lowe (2012). Social Identity, Groups, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Political Psychology. 33(2), pp.259-273.
RD. Lowe, OT. Muldoon (2010). Religious and Ethnonational Identification and Political Violence. Ethnopolitics. 9(1), pp.71-83.
J. ABELL, S. CONDOR, RD. LOWE, S. GIBSON, C. STEVENSON (2007). Who ate all the pride? Patriotic sentiment and English national football support. Nations and Nationalism. 13(1), pp.97-116.
OT. Muldoon, RD. Lowe, K. Schmid (2016). Identity and Psychological Health. In: Peace Psychology Book Series. Springer International Publishing, pp.135-144.
RD. Lowe, OT. Muldoon (2012). 'Unexpected'and 'Inclusive'Social Identities in Intractable Conflict: The Case of Northern Ireland. S. Gibson, S. Mollan. In: Representations of Peace and Conflict. Palgrave Macmillan, pp.187-206.
OT. Muldoon, RD. Lowe (2012). Identity, Conflict, and the Experience of Trauma. KJ. Jonas, TA. Morton. In: Restoring Civil Societies. Wiley-Blackwell, pp.208-221.
RD. Lowe, OT. Muldoon, K. Schmid (2009). Expected and Unexpected Identity Combinations in Northern Ireland: Consequences for Identification, Threat, and Attitudes. S. Scuzzarello, C. Kinnvall, KR. Monroe. In: On Behalf of Others: The Psychology of Benevolence in a Global World. Oxford University Press, USA, pp.255-278.
AE. Paltoglou, K. Themen, I-C. Popan, RD. Lowe (2020). Meeting on Cycling Cultures at Manchester Metropolitan University. Qualitative Methods in Psychology Bulletin.
AE. Paltoglou, RD. Lowe (2018). Cycling research gathering momentum here at Manchester Met Psychology. MMU Psychology blog.
Member of British Psychological Society, BPS Social Psychology Section