Mark van Vugt, Ph.D.

Mark van Vugt is a professor of social and organizational psychology at the VU University Amsterdam and a research associate at Oxford University. He is the author of more than 100 scientific articles, books, and book chapters in which he applies evolutionary perspectives to understand human social and organizational behaviour. He is interested in themes such as leadership, power, status, altruism, cooperation, and intergroup conflict. Insights from his research have been applied to various societal challenges involving ethical leadership and management, financial risk-taking,environmental sustainability, philanthropy, warfare and poverty. He is a prolific author and regular contributor to national and international television, radio, and news papers such as the BBC, Channel Four, ABC, CNN, Nature, the New Scientist, the Times and Daily Telegraph. Professor Van Vugt's has worked with a number of government and business organisations to advice and conduct research, including the UK Charity Commission, the US Office for Naval Research, Southampton Football Club, and Rank Xerox. 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 author and co-author of several books including a popular science book on leadership and a coursebook on applying psychology. Mark van Vugt is consulting editor of various journals in psychology and is member of the European Association for Social Psychology (EASP), the Society of Experimental Social Psychology (SESP), the Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP), and Human Behavior and Evolution Society (HBES).

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