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Alexander Haslam Social psychologist

Alexander Haslam’s work examines how social identities and group memberships influence our interactions with others. He is interested in how belonging to groups and organizations shapes the way we think, feel and behave, as well as how individuals and groups then shape the nature of organizations and society.

Haslam approaches these questions by identifying and explaining how people’s membership in groups and teams affects a range of social and organizational processes including stereotyping and prejudice, leadership and motivation, communication and decision-making, and stress and mental health. His research has generated findings that challenge the conventional wisdom of both theory and practice. For example, he has shown that development of a shared sense of identity is critical for effective leadership and that the ability to maintain valued group memberships is central to both mental health and successful adjustment to organizational change.

Awards

Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship, 2012.

British Psychology Society's Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Psychology, 2010.

National Teaching Fellowship from the Higher Education Academy, 2010.

European Association of Social Psychology's Kurt Lewin Award for research excellence, 2005.

Relevant Publications

S.A. Haslam and S.D. Reicher, (in press). Rethinking the psychology of leadership: From personal identity to social identity. Dædalus: The Journal of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

S.A. Haslam, "Making good theory practical: Five lessons for an Applied Social Identity Approach to challenges of organizational, health, and clinical psychology," Br. J. Soc. Psychol., vol. 53, pp. 1-20, 2014.

S.A. Haslam et al, "The collective origins of valued originality: A social identity approach to creativity," Personality and Social Psychology Review, vol. 17, pp. 384-401, 2013.

S.A. Haslam and S.D. Reicher, "Contesting the ‘nature’ of conformity: What Milgram and Zimbardo’s studies really show," PLoS Biology, vol. 10, no, 11, pp. e1001426, 2012.

S.A. Haslam and S.D. Reicher, "When prisoners take over the prison: A social psychology of resistance," Personality and Social Psychology Review, vol. 16, pp. 152-179, 2012.

Books

S.A. Haslam and C. McGarty, Research methods and statistics in psychology (2nd ed.). London: Sage, 2014.

S.A. Haslam, S.D. Reicher, and M.J. Platow, The new psychology of leadership: Identity, influence and power. Hove, UK: Psychology Press, 2011.

J.R. Smith and S.A. Haslam, (Eds.) Social psychology: Revisiting the classic studies. London: Sage. 2012.

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Appointments

Associate Program Director Social Interactions, Identity & Well Being

Senior Fellow Social Interactions, Identity & Well Being

Institution

University of QueenslandSchool of Psychology

Education

PhD (Psychology) Macquarie University

MA (Psychology) University of St Andrews

Country

Australia

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