Researcher biography

Alex is Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology and Australian Laureate Fellow at the University of Queensland. His research focuses on the study of group and identity processes in organizational, social, and clinical contexts.

Together with colleagues, Alex has written and edited 11 books and published over 200 peer-reviewed articles on these topics. His most recent books are The New Psychology of Leadership: Identity, Influence and Power (with Stephen Reicher & Michael Platow, Psychology Press, 2011), The Social Cure: Identity, Health and Well-being (with Jolanda Jetten and Catherine Haslam, Psychology Press, 2012), and Social Psychology: Revisiting the Classic Studies (2nd Ed. with Joanne Smith, Sage, 2017).

Alex's work with Michelle Ryan on the Glass Cliff was identified by the New York Times as one of the 'Best 100 Ideas' of 2008, and in 2013 The New Psychology of Leadership won the International Leadership Association's Outstanding Leadership Book Award. In 2005 he won the European Association of Social Psychology's Kurt Lewin Medal for Research Excellence; in 2016 he won the British Psychology Society Presidents' Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychological Knowledge; and in 2017 he won the International Society for Political Psychology's Sanford Award for Contribution to Political Psychology.