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Professor Jolanda Jetten

Professor Jolanda Jetten


Administering Organisation: The University of Queensland

Discipline Area: Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences

Fellowship project summary:


This project aims to advance our understanding of factors that promote successful adjustment to collective-level change, which is imperative for well-being and the fabric of society. The psychological and financial cost of not understanding these dynamics is significant, and is at the forefront of concerns in organisational, educational, community and national contexts. This project will help elucidate the complexities of collective-level change and adjustment to such change, providing benefits to communities, organisations and policy makers. The project builds on The Social Identity Model of Identity Change (SIMIC), a theoretical approach which helps to understand how people might effectively cope with change; it forms the basis of an ambitious and integrated theoretical program of research that will examine SIMIC predictions in novel contexts.

Australian Research Council funding: $2,749,550

About Professor Jetten

Professor Jolanda Jetten is a social psychologist and Professor at The University of Queensland with research interests focussing on social identity, social groups and group dynamics. She has studied how identity changes in response to stigma and oppression, the transition of identity throughout life, and the implications of social identity on general health.

Professor Jetten commenced at The University of Queensland in 1998 after moving to Australia from the Netherlands, and relocated to the University of Exeter in the UK for six years before returning to The University of Queensland as a research fellow in 2007.

For her work, Professor Jetten received the 2004 British Psychological Society Spearman Medal, and in 2014 received the European Association of Social Psychology's Kurt Lewin Medal. She was named a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia in 2015. She also received a 2011 ARC Future Fellowship.

Find out more about Professor Jetten’s research by visiting her profile page on The University of Queensland website.

For further information about this funding scheme, please visit the Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme page on the ARC website.

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