Professor Michael J. Platow

Professor, Research School of Psychology
College of Health & Medicine
T: +61 (02) 6125 8457

Areas of expertise

  • Social And Community Psychology 170113
  • Industrial And Organisational Psychology 170107

Research interests

Social Identity and Self-Categorization Processes

Social Psychology of

  • Justice & Fairness
  • Leadership & Social Influence
  • Intergroup Relations (including Prejudice & Racism)
  • Learning & Teaching


Since arriving at the ANU in 2003, I have collaborated with colleagues in the ANU Research School of Psychology and Research School of Social Sciences, Flinders University, UCLA, and Yale University in the successful application of four Discovery Grants from the Australian Research Council. The research in two of these grants examined the social psychological processes involved in procedural justice, with the first (2005 – 2007, with Dr. Rachael Eggins) examining the consequences (e.g., protest) of denying people a fair say, and the second (2012 – 2014, with Dr. Yuen Huo & Professor Tom Tyler) examining peoples’ relative desires and expectations of actually having a say. The other two grants supported research examining the social psychological processes involved in in restorative justice (2005 – 2007, with Dr. Michael Wenzel, Professor Norman Feather, & Dr. Tyler Okimoto), and marginalizing racism (2008 – 2010, with Professor Michael Smithson & Dr. Diana Grace).

I have served as the convener of Social Psychology Research Group at the ANU (2003-2007), and the President of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (2007-2009). In 2007, I was a recipient of the Australian Commonwealth Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning; and in 2011, I was recipient of the Award for Excellence in Education from the ANU joint Colleges of Science. In 2012, I was elected to be a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Prior to arriving at the ANU, I worked at La Trobe University (Melbourne) and the University of Otago (New Zealand). I earned my bachelor's degree in psychology at UCLA; and my doctorate at the UC Santa Barbara, under the supervision of Professor Charles “Chuck” McClintock. More recently, I earned my Masters of Higher Education at the ANU.

Over the course of my career, I have conducted and published research on the social psychology of distributive, procedural, and restorative justice; leadership; social influence; helping; in-group favouritism and social identity management; linguistic masking; diversity; and social value orientations. In seeking to understand these diverse phenomena, I rely heavily on the theoretical and meta-theoretical assumptions of social identity and self-categorization theories.


Projects and Grants

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