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Dr Melissa Wheeler

Senior Lecturer, Management


I have a PhD in social psychology from the University of Melbourne, where I explored how people persuade others to agree with their moral beliefs. I have an ongoing interest in the field of moral psychology and applied ethics, including workplace diversity, ethics for emerging technologies, and responsible leadership. My research has been published in top tier journals, including Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Business Ethics, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Cities, European Review of Social Psychology, and Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.

I teach in the areas of applied ethics, foundations of research, and change management, and I am the Major Discipline Coordinator for the Management Major. I have experience in co-creating and delivering units with industry partners, such as Siemens Australia and New Zealand, CPA Australia, and Financial Services Learning. I hold a Deans’ Teaching Excellence Award and a Norman Curry Award for Innovation and Excellence for Educational Programs. I am available to supervise PhD, Master by Research, and Honours students.

In service to the academic community, I am a Leader in the Career Development Program within the Swinburne Women’s Academic Network, a member of the Human Ethics Committee and a Research Ethics Advisor, founder of the Gender and Intersectional Research Community, Theme Lead of the Social Psychology of Innovation Group (Ethics of Innovation), and Co-creator of the Australian Leadership Index.

Research interests

Social Psychology; Public opinion research (online, face to face and CATI); management; ethics

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Co-Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Business Ethics - 500102
  • Employment Equity And Diversity - 350502
  • Human Resources Management - 350503

Teaching areas

Social Psychology;Social Psychology;management;ethics;change management;research methods


Also published as: Wheeler, Melissa; Wheeler, M. A.; Wheeler, Melissa A.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: Donald and Tarnagulla Microgrid Feasibility Study- Community Engagement *; C4NET Fund Scheme
  • 2021: Evaluation of Gender Pay Gap Report *; Chartered Accountants of Australia and New Zealand - Fund Scheme

* Chief Investigator

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