Professor Brooke Rogers OBE is a Professor of Behavioural Science and Security in the Department of War Studies at King’s College, where she is also Deputy Head of Department and Director of Academic Staffing. In September 2022 she was appointed to the role of Vice Dean (People & Planning) for the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy.
Professor Rogers is a social psychologist with an exceptional track record of designing and delivering over £25 million of collaborative research projects funded by a variety of sources. Her work focuses on perceptions of and responses to risk and threat, and risk communication. The majority of these projects investigate public and practitioner responses to low likelihood, high-impact events such as chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) accidents or attacks. Others explore protecting crowded places; business continuity resilience; pathways into violent radicalisation; insider threat; pandemics; and community resilience.
This video showcases Professor Rogers' work.
Professor Rogers is the Chair of the Cabinet Office (CO) National Risk Assessment and National Security Risk Assessment Behavioural Science Expert Group, and the Home Office Science Advisory Council (HOSAC). She maintains membership across a number of advisory groups including the Home Office OSCT Analysis and Research Programme Challenge Board; Public Health England’s Behavioural Science Advisory Group; and the Greater London Authority London Resilience Academic Partnership, among others. She also advises international organisations including the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA), the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO), and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Research subject areas:
- Security and behaviour
- Extreme events
- Risk communication
- Protecting crowded places
- Critical national infrastructure
Current research investigates public and practitioner perceptions of risk, risk communication, and behaviour change across a number of areas:
- Preparing for and responding to terrorism
- Preparing for and responding to disasters and extreme events
- Protecting crowded places
- Aviation security
- Critical national infrastructure resilience
- Community resilience
- Communicating with vulnerable populations
- Violent radicalisation
The majority of Professor Rogers’ projects include collaborative, cross-disciplinary, national and international projects investigating public and practitioners responses to chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear (CBRN) terrorist incidents (i.e. Home Office, PIRATE, CIE Toolkit, PRACTICE, Resilient Futures); pandemic (NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emergency Preparedness and Response, Deloitte), protecting crowded places (PRIME, Designing with Intent: Influencing Behaviour in Transitional Spaces, Safer Spaces), and more.
Professor Rogers has been and will continue to be involved in a variety of collaborative, multi-disciplinary, national and international research projects:
Selected current and completed research grants
Below is a list of selcted publications. Please also refer to the Research Portal for further publications.
Pearce, J. M., Parker, D. J., Lindekilde, L. Bouhana, N. & Rogers, M. B. (2019). Encouraging public reporting of suspicious behaviour on rail networks. Policing and Society (In Press).
Pearce, J. M., Lindekilde, L., Parker, D. J. & Rogers, M. B. (2019). Communicating with the public about marauding terrorist firearms attacks: Results form a survey experiment on factors influencing intention to ‘Run, Hide, Tell’ in the UK and Denmark. Risk Analysis (In Press).
Heard, C.L., Pearce, J. M. & Rogers, M. B. (2019). Mapping the public first-aid training landscape: Uptake, knowledge, confidence and willingness to deliver first aid in disasters and emergencies – A Scoping Review. Disasters (In Press).
Bell, A. J. C., Rogers, M. B. & Pearce, J. M. (2018). The Insider Threat: Behavioural indicators and factors influencing likelihood of intervention. International Journal of Critical Infrastructure Protection, 24, 166-176.
Parker, D., Pearce, J. M., Lindekilde, L. & Rogers, M. B. (2018). Press coverage of lone-actor terrorism in the UK and Denmark: Shaping the reactions of the public, affected communities and copycat attackers. Critical Studies in Terrorism, E-Pub ahead of print.
Parker, D., Pearce, J. M., Lindekilde, L. & Rogers, M. B. (2017). Challenges for effective counterterrorism communication: Practitioner insights and policy implications for preventing radicalization, disrupting attack planning, and mitigating terrorist attacks. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 1-28.
Krieger, K., Renn, O., Rogers, M. B. & Lofstedt, R. E. V. (2017). In Nuclear Accidents and Policy Responses in Europe: Comparing the Cases of France and Germany. Policy Shock: Recalibrating Risk and Regulation after Oil Spills, Nuclear Accidents, and Financial Crisis (p. 269-304). Balleisen, E., Bennear, L., Krawiec, K. & Weinger, J. (Eds.). Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.
Rogers, M. B. & Pearce, J. M. (2016). The Psychology of Crisis Communication. In M. Löffelholz, A. Schwarz, & M. W. Seeger (Eds.), The Handbook of International Crisis Communication Research (pp.34-44). New Jersey: Wiley Blackwell.
Krieger, K., Amlôt, R. & Rogers, M. B. (2014) Understanding public responses to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear incidents - Driving factors, emerging themes and research gaps. Environment International, 72, 66-74.
Rogers, M. B., Jones, E., Krieger, K. & Amlôt, R. (2014). Responding to emergencies involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) hazards: Information for members of the public (https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/files/31647264/Brochure_Public_V1_7.pdf).
Rogers, M. B., Krieger, K., Jones, E. & Amlôt, R. (2014). Responding to emergencies involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) hazards: Information for emergency responders about public responses to CBRN incidents (https://kclpure.kcl.ac.uk/portal/files/31647448/Brochure_Professional_V2_4.pdf).
Rogers, M. B., Amlôt, R. & Rubin, J. (2013) Investigating the impact of communication materials on public responses to a radiological dispersal device (RDD) attack. Biosecurity and Bioterrorism-Biodefense Strategy Practice and Science, 11(1), 49-58.
Pearce, J., Rubin, G. J., Selke, P., Amlôt, R., Mowbray, F. & Rogers, M. B. (2013). Communicating with the public following radiological terrorism: Results from a series of focus groups and national surveys in Britain and Germany. Prehospital and Disaster Medicine, 28(2), 1-10.
Rogers, M. B. & Pearce, J. M. (2013). Risk communication, risk perception and behaviour as foundations of effective national security practices. In B. Akhgar, & S. Yates (Eds.), Strategic intelligence management (pp. 66-74). Oxford: Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann.
Dr Rogers is currently unable to take on new PhD students.
For further details please see my Research Staff Profile