Glynis Breakwell

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Glynis Marie Breakwell, DBE, DL, FRSA, FAcSS (born 26 July 1952) is the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath in Bath, England. She is one of Europe's leading social psychologists and an active public policy adviser and researcher specialising in leadership, identity process and risk management. In January 2014 she was listed in the Science Council's list of '100 leading UK practising scientists'.[1]

Glynis has been a Fellow of the British Psychological Society since 1987 and an Honorary Fellow since 2006. She is a chartered health psychologist and in 2002 was elected an Academician of the Academy of Social Sciences.[citation needed]

Breakwell was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2012 New Year Honours for services to higher education.[2] and is also a Deputy Lieutenant of the County of Somerset.[3]


Academic career[edit]

  • 1976-78 Lecturer in social psychology, University of Bradford
  • 1978-82 Prize Fellow in social psychology, Nuffield College, Oxford
  • 1978 BPS Young Social Psychologist Award
  • 1984 Associate Fellow
  • 1987 Fellow
  • 1993 Myers Award
  • 1995-99 Member Social Psychology Section Committee (Chair 1997-99)
  • 1978 MA (by special resolution) University of Oxford
  • 2006 Honorary Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • 2014 Science Council list of 100 leading UK practising Scientists
University of Surrey
  • 1981-87 Lecturer in social psychology
  • 1987-88 Reader
  • 1991-2001 Professor of Psychology
  • 1990-95 Head of Department of Psychology
  • 1994-95 Pro Vice-Chancellor (Staff Development and Continuing Education)
  • 1995-2001 Head of School of Human Sciences
University of Bath
  • 2001–present Vice-Chancellor, University of Bath
Shandong University, China
  • Honorary Professor

Current appointments[edit]


  • Banks, Michael; Bates, Inge; Breakwell, Glynis; Bynner, John M.; Emler, Nicholas; Jamieson, Lynn; Roberts, Kenneth B. (1991). Careers and Identities. Open University Press. ISBN 978-0335097142. 
  • Breakwell, Glynis; Rowett, Colin (1982). Social Work: The Social Psychological Approach. Van Nostrand Reinhold. ISBN 0442305192. 
  • Breakwell, Glynis (1985). The Quiet Rebel. Century. ISBN 071260717X. 
  • Breakwell, Glynis (1986). Coping with Threatened Identities. Sydney: Law Book Co of Australasia. ISBN 0416371205. 
  • Breakwell, Glynis (1989). Facing Physical Violence. Routledge. ISBN 0901715956. 
  • Breakwell, Glynis (1990). Interviewing (Problems in Practice). BPS Blackwell. ISBN 978-1854330000. 
  • Breakwell, Glynis (1991). Social Psychology of Political and Economic Cognition. Academic Press Inc. ISBN 978-0121286804. 
  • Rowett, Colin; Breakwell, Glynis (1992). Managing Violence at Work. NFER-Nelson. ASIN B0018LSXWM. 
  • Breakwell, Glynis (1992). Social Psychology of Identity and the Self Concept. Academic Press Inc. ISBN 978-0121286859. 
  • Breakwell, Glynis; Canter, David (1993). Empirical Approaches to Social Representations. Clarendon Press. ISBN 978-0198521815. 
  • Breakwell, Glynis; Millard, L. (1995). Basic Evaluation Methods: Analysing Performance, Practice and Procedure. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1854331618. 
  • Breakwell, Glynis; Smith, Jonathan A.; Wright, Daniel B. (2012). Research Methods in Psychology (4 ed.). SAGE Publications Ltd. ISBN 978-0857022646. 
  • Breakwell, Glynis; Lyons, Evanthia (1996). Changing European Identities: Social Psychological Analyses of Social Change. Garland Science. ISBN 978-0750630085. 
  • Breakwell, Glynis (1997). Coping with Aggressive Behaviour (Personal and Professional Development). John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 978-1854332059. 
  • Breakwell, Glynis (2003). Doing Social Psychology Research. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1405108126. 
  • Breakwell, Glynis (2003). Doing Social Psychology Research. Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1405108126. 
  • Breakwell, Glynis (2014). The Psychology of Risk (2 ed.). Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1107602700. 
  • Jaspal, Rusi; Breakwell, Glynis (2014). Identity Process Theory: Identity, Social Action and Social Change. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1107022706. 

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "2014 list of leading UK practising scientists". The Science Council. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "(Supplement) no. 60009". The London Gazette. 31 December 2011. p. 6. 
  3. ^ "Vice-Chancellor appointed as Deputy Lieutenant of Somerset". University of Bath. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "Board". Universities Superannuation Scheme. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "UK Board". Universities UK. Archived from the original on 16 July 2015. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  6. ^ "ESRC Council". Economic and Social Research Council. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  7. ^ [1] Archived 16 April 2012 at the Wayback Machine.

Academic offices
Preceded by
David VandeLinde
Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bath
Succeeded by