Professor Mark Van Vugt's research concentrates on the study of group and organzational processes from an evolutionary and social psychological perspective.
He is interested in themes such as the evolution and psychology of leadership, status, power, altruism, cooperation, and intergroup relations. He is also interested in applying insights from social and evolutionary psychology to understand and help to solve real world problems related to leadership and management, environmental conservation and other prosoclal behaviors such as volunteering, charity work, and blood donation, and antisocial behavior.
A prolific author and a regular contributor to national television and radio news, Professor Van Vugt’s has worked with a number of government, profit and non-profit organisations, including the Charity Commission, The US Office for Naval Research, Southampton Football Club, the Department of Transport, English Nature, National Health Service, Rank Xerox, Southern Water, and various city councils in the Netherlands and the UK.
Professor Van Vugt is member of the team that won the prestigious £1.2 million British Academy grant "From Lucy to Language: The Archaeology of the Social Brain." He is also co-author of a text on Applying Social Psychology and is a consulting editor of various journals in social psychology.
Professor Van Vugt is member of the European Association for Experimental Social Psychology (EAESP), the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP), the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), and the Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES).
- Aggression, Conflict, Peace
- Applied Social Psychology
- Ethics and Morality
- Evolution and Genetics
- Gender Psychology
- Group Processes
- Helping, Prosocial Behavior
- Intergroup Relations
- Organizational Behavior
- Personality, Individual Differences
- Self and Identity
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- Buunk, A. P., & Van Vugt, M. (2007). Applying social psychology: From problems to solutions. London: Sage Publications.
- Van Vugt, M., & Ahuja, A. (2011). Naturally selected: The evolutionary science of leadership. New York: HarperBusiness.
- Van Vugt, M., Snyder, M., Tyler, T., & Biel, A. (Eds.). (2000). Cooperation in modern society: Promoting the welfare of communities, states, and organizations. London: Routledge.
- Brosnan, S. F., Newton-Fisher, N. E., & Van Vugt, M. (2009). A melding of the minds: When primatology meets personality and social psychology. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 13, 129-147.
- Hardy, C. L., & Van Vugt, M. (2006). Nice guys finish first: The competitive altruism hypothesis. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 1402-1413.
- Van Vugt, M. (2006). Evolutionary origins of leadership and followership. Personality and Social Psychology Review, 10, 354-372.
- Van Vugt, M. (2001). Community identification moderating the impact of financial incentives in a natural social dilemma: Water conservation. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 27, 1440-1449.
- Van Vugt, M., & De Cremer, D. (1999). Leadership in social dilemmas: The effects of group identification on collective actions to provide public goods. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 76, 587-599.
- Van Vugt, M., De Cremer, D., & Janssen, D. (2007). Gender differences in cooperation and competition: The male-warrior hypothesis. Psychological Science, 18, 19-23.
- Van Vugt, M., & Hart, C. M. (2004). Social identity as social glue: The origins of group loyalty. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 86, 585-598.
- Van Vugt, M., Hogan, R., & Kaiser, R. (2008). Leadership, followership, and evolution: Some lessons from the past. American Psychologist, 63, 182-196.
- Van Vugt, M., Jepson, S., Hart, C., & De Cremer, D. (2004). Autocratic leadership in social dilemmas: A threat to group stability. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 40, 1-13.
- Van Vugt, M., & Samuelson, C. D. (1999). The impact of personal metering in the management of a natural resource crisis: A social dilemma analysis. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 25, 731-745.
- Van Vugt, M., & Snyder, M. (2002). Cooperation in society: Fostering community action and civic participation. American Behavioral Scientist, 45, 761-918 (Special issue).
- Applied Social Psychology
- Evolutionary Psychology
- Group Processes: Evolutionary and Psychological Perspectives
- Introduction to Organizational Psychology
Mark Van Vugt
Department of Social and Organizational Psychology
VU University Amsterdam
Van der Boechorststraat 1
1081 BT Amsterdam
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