This briefing is divided into three parts. First, we outline the factors which lead to incidents of collective disorder (or riots). Second, we consider how the overall response to the coronavirus outbreak, and the role of the police within this response, will impact the probability of such disorder. Third, we apply these understandings to three specific scenarios of potential disorder.
Read Policing the Coronavirus outbreak: processes and prospects for collective disorder by Stephen Reicher and Clifford Stott.