The purpose of this website is to provide information and knowledge about my research and teaching in evolutionary psychology, social and organizational psychology. My particular interests and expertise lie in the field of evolutionary psychology and how evolutionary thinking can be usefully applied to understand group dynamics, leadership and followership, status and power relations, altruism and cooperation, group cohesion, and intergroup relations. I am using a range of methodologies from experimental psychology, neuroscience, and behavioral economics to test evolutionary hypotheses.
Here is a great introductory piece on evolutionary psychology for those of you interested in this emerging field.
I have also a keen interest in applications of evolutionary psychology to societal problems regarding business and management, sex differences in social behaviour, environmental conservation and sustainability, politics and warfare, economics and finance, health and poverty, charity and philanthropy.
This website provides a place to share information about these themes.
As a researcher and teacher, I am deeply committed to knowledge transfer, learning, and adopting an interdisciplinary perspective. I also regularly giving public lectures, write blogs, and conduct consultancy projects on topics related to my expertise especially in the areas of leadership development, businesss and management, environmental sustainability, politics,and sex differences from an evolutioanry perspective.
Lecture slides, and printouts of articles and book chapters (written with many esteemed colleagues and students) are availaible as PDFs on my website, see publications. Please contact me if you have any questions about any of my research projects.
Mark Van Vugt, Professor of Psychology
*Department of Social and Organizational Psychology, VU University Amsterdam,
Transitorium. room 1 B-29, Van der Boechorststraat 1, 1081 BT Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
**Institute for Cogntive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK
***Centre for the Study of Group Processes, University of Kent, UK