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Professor of Psychology, The University of Melbourne

My research spans many aspects of social psychology, with a strong emphasis on the application of social psychology to problems such as relative deprivation and prejudice, climate change, and water and energy conservation. This research is primarily concerned with understanding and engaging with processes of social and environmental change. Behind this lies a broader concern with developing a better theoretical understanding of sociality and the interplay between theory and practice, to allow for more potent and durable environmental, social, and behavioural change. My goal is to join analyses of ecosystems, social systems, and egosystems, to enhance social and environmental sustainability within and across those systems.


  • 2020–present
    Professor of Psychology and Director, Research School of Psychology, Australian National University
  • 2017–2019
    Professor of Psychology, University of Canberra


  • 1987 
    University of California, Santa Cruz, PhD (Social Psychology)
  • 1983 
    University of California, Santa Cruz, Master of Science
  • 1981 
    Flinders University, Bachelor of Arts (Honours in Psychology)
  • 1980 
    University of Adelaide, Bachelor of Arts


  • 2006
    Social cognition: An integrated introduction , Augoustinos, M., Walker, I., & Donaghue, N. (2006) (2nd ed.). London: Sage.

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Australasian Social Psychologists
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology
  • Society for Experimental Social Psychology

Research Areas

  • Psychology (1701)