Martha Newson is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Oxford.


Martha has a broad interest in people and their behaviours. Her research centres on group bonding, ritual, and community. She is based at the Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion, University of Oxford, but lives in Kent, with field sites in the UK, Brazil, Australia, and Indonesia. Martha works with many populations, including football fans, ‘hooligans’, rave participants, and more recently Islamist fundamentalists, to answer questions on group identity, aggression, cooperation, and peace.

Her research has appeared in a range of media including The Telegraph, International Business Times, and the New York Post; she has also featured on BBC Radio 4’s World at One, BBC World Service, Sky Sports News, and the Freakonomics podcast. She has published as lead author in various journals, including Evolution and Human Behaviour, PLOS ONE, and the International Review for the Sociology of Sport.

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