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Dr Melissa Wheeler

Senior Lecturer, Management


Melissa has a PhD in social psychology from the University of Melbourne, which explored how people persuade others to agree with their moral beliefs. She has an ongoing interest in the field of moral psychology and applied ethics, including workplace flexibility, gender roles in work and care, ethical climates, and responsible leadership, as well as an interest in the 'people' component of technological advancement. Melissa’s 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.

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

In service to the academic community, she is a Leader in the Career Development Program within the Swinburne Women’s Academic Network, Early Career Researcher Training Coordinator, 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

  • 2023: Ethics in the Finance Industry *; ECSTRA FOUNDATION FUND SCHEME
  • 2023: Participatory Melbourne *; Menzies Foundation Partnerships
  • 2021: Australian Leadership Index *; The Graham Family Foundation Fund Scheme
  • 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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