Keith Still is the Big Kahuna when it comes to crowd science. A professor of crowd science at the Manchester Metropolitan University, Still also heads the crowd science and risk analysis department along with Marcel Altenburg. The Brits have been studying crowd safety and risk analysis longer than we Yanks have even been talking about it. So when the large public gatherings go south or become controversial, Still is the man that is often consulted.
In this article, Still describes the experience of getting caught up in the delirium of the Trump Whitehouse’s rebuke of the crowd estimates from this past Inauguration.
For the past 28 years, I have been involved in crowd safety and risk analysis, and I have been fortunate enough to have been consulted on some of the world’s biggest events, from the annual pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia to the royal wedding in 2011. In many of these instances, the media are intrigued by crowd science and I have worked to provide comment on their news coverage. This is how this particular journey began: from my house, via The New York Times, to being caught in the middle of a global media frenzy, one in which Trump and his team started what looks to be the first of many disputes with the press.