Michael Platow is a Professor of Psychology in the ANU Research School of Psychology.

Professor Platow has published widely on the social-psychology of leadership and social influence; justice, fairness, and trust; intergroup relations, including prejudice and discrimination; and education. He has received more than $1 million in research funding from the Australian Research Council to study many of these processes, being awarded separate Discovery Grants on distributive justice, procedural justice, restorative justice, marginalising racism, and lay views of prejudice.

His edited books include Social Identity at Work: Developing Theory for Organizational Practice and Self and Social Identity in Educational Contexts. The first edition of his co-authored book, The New Psychology of Leadership: Identity, Influence and Power won the University of San Diego Outstanding Leadership Book Award and has been translated into two other languages. He has delivered invited, keynote plenary addresses to the Asian Association of Social Psychology, the International Congress of Coaching Psychology, and the International Conference on Social Identity and Sport. Overall, Professor Platow’s research has been recognised by his election as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

His teaching has also been recognised through his receipt of an Australian Commonwealth Office of Learning and Teaching Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, and Department of Education and Training Australian Award for University Teaching – Award for Teaching Excellence. In addition to his Ph.D. in psychology, Professor Platow holds a Masters of Higher Education that he earned from ANU. He has more than a quarter century of experience teaching at universities in Australia and overseas; and he has contributed to and taught the social psychology of leadership to the Australian Commonwealth’s Attorney General’s Course on Counter-Terrorism; Defence College Course on Leadership; and, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Course on Macroeconomic Management in Resource-Rich Countries.

Professor Platow is currently an ANU Distinguished Educator and is a former Associate Director (Science Education). He is past-president of the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists and the International Society for Justice Research. He is also a former Associate Editor of the international journal Social Psychology and Personality Science. Currently, he is leading the ANU Prejudice Census, which can be found at https://psychology.anu.edu.au/research/projects/prejudice-census.

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Apple test tells us if we’re sweet or sour

Could a few bad apple choices tell us if we’re all rotten?   Apparently so.   A new international study that asks participants to…

9 September 2021

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