Prof Michael Platow

BA (UCLA), MHigherEd (ANU), PhD (UCSB)

Michael Platow is a professor of psychology in the ANU School of Medicine and Psychology. He 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 over one million dollars in research money from the Australian Research Council to study many of these processes, being awarded separate Discovery Grants on distributive justice, procedural justice, restorative justice, marginalizing 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 was winner of 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, Michael Platow's research has been recognized by his election as a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia.

Michael Platow’s teaching has also been recognized through his receipt of an Australian Commonwealth: (a) Office of Learning and Teaching Carrick Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and (b) Department of Education and Training Australian Award for University Teaching – Award for Teaching Excellence. In addition to his Ph.D. in psychology, Michael Platow holds a Masters of Higher Education that he earned from the ANU. He has over 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: (a) Attorney General’s Course on Counter-Terrorism, (b) Defence College Course on Leadership, and (c) Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Course on Macroeconomic Management in Resource-Rich Countries.

Professor Platow currently holds leadership positions as an ANU Distinguished Educator and 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 .

Research interests

Shying away from having a say: Expanding the social psychology of procedural justice through a continuum model of voice expectations and desires (ARC-Funded, 3-Year Discovery Grant with Dr. Yuen Huo and Professor Tom Tyler)

Both intuitions and formal theory tell us that people expect and like to express their views. But these expectations and desires are not as uniform as current theory suggests; some people (e.g. low status) may have no expectation of being listened to, while others seek the removal of democratic systems that canvass people's views (e.g., some extreme fundamentalists). Our aim in this social-psychological research is to question current theoretical assumptions so as to develop a more accurate understanding of variability in people's expectations and desires to have a say. Through this research, we hope to empower those with low expectations of being heard, and to be on guard for those who may seek to deny others of their rightful say.


ARC Discovery (DP120103083), $243,497 (2012 – 2014)

Shying away from having a say: expanding the social psychology of procedural justice through a continuum model of voice expectations and desires

Platow, Prof Michael J; Huo, A/Prof Yuen J; Tyler, Prof Tom R

ARC Discovery (DP0878905), $385,000 (2008 – 2010)

When immigrants and converts are not truly one of us: Examining the social psychology and developmental antecedents of marginalizing racism

A/Prof MJ Platow; Dr MJ Smithson; Dr DM Grace

ARC Discovery (DP0557634), $315,000 (2005 – 2007)

How do we seek justice after hurt, offence or terror? Retributive and restorative responses

Dr M Wenzel; Prof N Feather; Dr MJ Platow

ARC Discovery (DP0558339), $120,000 (2005 – 2007)

Resource distribution as a self-categorisation cue: The psychology of inferring group membership from the distribution of valued resources

Dr MJ Platow; Dr RA Eggins



Haslam, S. A., Reicher, S. D., & Platow, M. J. (in press). Leadership. In J. D. Wright (Ed.), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed.). Oxford: Elsevier.

Platow, M. J., Haslam, S. A., & Reicher, S. D. (in press). Leadership and the essential role of psychological group memberships. In J. Burger (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Influence. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Reicher, S. D., Haslam, S. A., Platow, M. J., & Steffans, N. (in press). Tyranny and leadership. In Understanding Peace and Conflict through Social Identity Theory: Contemporary and World-wide Perspectives.

Grace, D. M., & Platow, M. J. (2015). Showing leadership by not showing your face: An anonymous leadership effect. Sage Open, 5, 1-10.

Grace, D. M., Straiton, M., Hewett-Reeves, W., Platow, M. J. (2015). Insides and outsides: Investigating preschoolers’ understanding of biological and environmental aspects of essentialism with novel categories. Australasian Journal of Early Childhood, 40, 33-41.

Haslam, S. A., Reicher, S. D., & Platow, M. J. (2015). Leadership: Theory and practice. In M. Mikulincer, P. R. Shaver, J. F. Dovidio, & J. A. Simpson. APA Handbook of Personality and Social Psychology: Volume 2: Group Processes (pp. 67-94). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Platow, M. J., Haslam, S. A., Reicher, S. D., & Steffens, N. K. (2015). There is no leadership if no-one follows: Why leadership is necessarily a group process. International Coaching Psychology Review, 10, 20-37.

Platow, M. J., Hunter, J. A., Haslam, S. A., & Reicher, S. D. (2015). Reflections on Muzafer Sherif’s legacy in social identity and self-categorization theories. In A. Dost-Gözkan & D. S. Keith (Eds.), Norms, groups, conflict, and social change: Rediscovering Muzafer Sherif’s psychology (pp. 275-305). London: Transaction Publications.

Smithson, M. J., Sopeña, A., & Platow, M. J. (2015). When is group membership zero-sum? Effects of ethnicity, threat, and social identity on dual national identity. PLoS ONE, 10(6): e0130539. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0130539.

Smyth, L., Mavor, K. I., Platow, M. J., Grace, D. M., & Reynolds, K. J. (2015). Discipline social identification, study norms and learning approach in university students. Educational Psychology, 35, 53-72.

Mavor, K. I., McNeill, K. G., Anderson, K., Kerr, A., O’Reilly, E., & Platow, M. J. (2014). Beyond prevalence to process: The role of self and identity in medical student wellbeing. Medical Education, 48, 351-360.

Platow, M. J., Grace, D. M., & Smithson, M. J. (2014). When immigrants and converts are not truly one of us: Examining the social psychology of marginalizing racism. In K. Rubenstein, F. Jenkins, & M. Nolan (Eds.), Allegiance and Identity in a Globalised World (pp. 192-220). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Platow, M. J., Hunter, J. A., Branscombe, N. R., & Grace, D. M. (2014). Social creativity in Olympic medal counts: Observing the expression of ethnocentric fairness. Social Justice Research, 27, 283-304.

Reicher, S. D., Haslam, S. A., & Platow, M. J. (2014). The social psychological study of leadership. In R.A.W. Rhodes & P. 't Hart (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Political Leadership. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Steffens, N. K., Haslam, S. A., Reicher, S. D., Platow, M. J., Fransen, K., Yang, J., Ryan, M. K., Jetten, J., Peters, K. O., & Boen, F. (2014). Leadership as social identity management: Introducing the identity leadership inventory (ILI) to assess and validate a four-dimensional model. The Leadership Quarterly, 25, 1001-1024.

Cruwys, T., Platow, M. J., Rieger, E., & Byrne, D. G. (2013). The development and validation of the Dieting Intentions Scale (DIS). Psychological Assessment, 25, 264-278.

Koivisto, S., Lipponen, J., & Platow, M. J. (2013). Organizational and supervisory justice effects on experienced threat during change: The moderating role of leader in-group representativeness. Leadership Quarterly, 24, 595-607.

Platow, M. J., Eggins, R. A., Chattopadhyay, R., Brewer, G., Hardwick, L., Milsom, L., Brocklebank, J., Lalor, T., Martin, R., Quee, M., Vassallo, S., & Welsh, J. (2013). Two experimental tests of relational models of procedural justice: Non-instrumental voice and authority group membership. British Journal of Social Psychology, 52, 361-376.

Platow, M. J., Mavor, K. I., & Grace, D. M. (2013). On the role of discipline-related self-concept in deep and surface approaches to learning among university students. Instructional Science, 41, 271-285.

Cruwys, T., Platow, M. J., Angullia, S. A., Chang, J. M., Diler, S. E., Kirchner, J. L., Lentfer, C. E., Lim, Y. J., Quarisa, A., Tor, V. W. L., & Wadley, A. L. (2012). Modeling of food intake is moderated by salient psychological group membership. Appetite, 58, 754-757.

Platow, M. J. (2012). Ph.D. experience and subsequent outcomes: A look at self-perceptions of acquired graduate attributes and supervisor support. Studies in Higher Education, 37, 103-118.

Platow, M. J., & Hunter, J. A. (2012). Intergroup relations and conflict: Beyond Sherif’s Boys’ Camp Studies. In S. A. Haslam & J. R. Smith (Eds.), Refreshing social psychology: Beyond the classic studies (pp. 142-159). London: Sage.

Platow, M. J., Foddy, M., Yamagishi, T., Lim, L., & Chow, A. (2012). Two experimental tests of trust in in-group strangers. The moderating role of common knowledge of group membership. European Journal of Social Psychology, 42, 30-35.

Platow, M. J., Grace, D. M., & Smithson, M. J. (2012). Examining the preconditions for psychological group membership: Perceived social interdependence as the outcome of self categorization. Social Psychology and Personality Science, 3, 5-13.

De Castella, K., Platow, M. J., Wenzel, M., Okimoto, T. G., & Feather, N. T. (2011). Restorative and retributive responses to domestic violence: Muslim- and Anglo-Australian victims and offenders. Psychology, Crime & Law, 17, 403-420.

Haslam, S. A., Reicher, S., & Platow, M. J. (2011). El liderazgo como gestión de la identidad social. In F. Molero & J. F. Morales (Eds.), Liderazgo: Hecho y ficción: Visiones actuales (pp. 77-116). Spain: Alianza Editorial.

Haslam, S. A., Reicher, S., & Platow, M. J. (2011). The new psychology of leadership: Identity, influence and power. London: Psychology Press.

Crane, M. F., & Platow, M. J. (2010). Deviance as in-group loyalty. British Journal of Social Psychology, 49, 827-847.

Haslam, S. A. & Platow, M. J. (2010). Idiosyncrasy credit. In M. A. Hogg & J. M. Levine (Eds.) Sage Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations (pp.420-422). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

McKone, E., Aimola Davies, A., Fernando, D., Aalders, R., Leung, H., Wickramariyaratne, T., & Platow, M. J. (2010). Asia has the global advantage: Race and visual attention. Vision Research, 50, 1540-1549.

Okimoto, T. G., Wenzel, M., & Platow, M. J. (2010). Restorative justice: Seeking a shared identity in dynamic intragroup contexts. In E. Mullen, E. Mannix, and M. Neale (Ed.), Research on Managing Groups and Teams: Fairness and Groups (Vol. 13, pp. 205-244). Oxford, UK: Emerald Ltd.

Wenzel, M., Okimoto, T. G., Feather, N. T., & Platow, M. J. (2010). Justice through consensus: Shared identity and the preference for a restorative notion of justice. European Journal of Social Psychology, 40, 909-930.