Researcher Profile

Prof. Alex Haslam

Prof. Alex Haslam

MA, PhD

Professor of Psychology & ARC Laureate Fellow

The University of Queensland

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About Prof. Alex Haslam

Alex has been at The University of Queensland since 2012 having previously held positions at the Australian National University and the University of Exeter. His research focuses on the study of group and identity processes in organisational, social, and clinical contexts. Together with colleagues, Alex has written and edited 11 books and published over 180 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. He has won several international teaching awards as well as the European Association of Social Psychology’s Lewin Medal.

Alex’s work on the Glass Cliff was identified by the New York Times as one of the ‘Best 100 Ideas’ of 2008, and in 2013 his co-authored book The New Psychology of Leadership won the International Leadership Association’s Outstanding Leadership Book Award. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (and co-director of its Social Interactions, Identity and Well-Being Program) and for the Association for Psychological Science, and on the editorial board of 10 international journals including Scientific American Mind for which he writes regularly.

Research Activities:

(1) Psychology in organizations — with an emphasis on the contribution of groups and group membership to leadership, motivation, creativity, communication, decision-making, and productivity.

(2) The social psychology of stereotyping, prejudice, and tyranny — exploring the role of social identity and self-categorization in shaping the dynamics of intergroup relations and conflict.

(3) Social processes in health and well-being — looking at the contribution of group life to stress, depression, and resistance in vulnerable populations.

(4) Research methodology — focusing on issues of research design, ethics, and uncertainty management.


Featured Research

Haslam, S. A. (2001; 2nd ed. 2004). Psychology in organizations: The social identity approach. London and Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

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

Haslam, S. A., & McGarty, C. (2014). Research methods and statistics in psychology (2nd Ed.) London and Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


All Publications

Authored Books

Oakes, P. J., Haslam, S. A., & Turner, J. C. (1994). Stereotyping and social reality. Oxford: Blackwell.

Haslam, S. A., & McGarty, C. (1998). Doing psychology: An introduction to research methodology and statistics. London and Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Haslam, S. A. (2001; 2nd ed. 2004). Psychology in organizations: The social identity approach. London and Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

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

Haslam, S. A., & McGarty, C. (2014). Research methods and statistics in psychology (2nd Ed.) London and Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Edited Books

Spears, R., Oakes, P. J., Ellemers, N., & Haslam, S. A. (Eds.) (1997). The social psychology of stereotyping and group life. Oxford, UK and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.

McGarty, C., & Haslam, S. A. (Eds.) (1997). The message of social psychology: Perspectives on mind in society. Oxford, UK and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell.

Haslam, S. A., van Knippenberg, D., Platow, M., & Ellemers, N. (Eds.) (2003). Social identity at work: Developing theory for organizational practice. New York and Hove: Psychology Press.

Jetten, J., Haslam, C., & Haslam, S. A. (Eds.) (2012). The social cure: Identity, health and well-being. New York and Hove: Psychology Press.

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