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Associate Professor Samuel Wilson

Associate Professor, Management
PhD, University of Melbourne, Australia; MPsych, University of Melbourne, Australia; BComm, University of Melbourne, Australia; BA, University of Melbourne, Australia


Samuel is a social and organisational psychologist whose research focuses on health and medical leadership, folk conceptions of the common good, public perceptions of leadership for the greater good, and how moral intuitions and worldviews affect public trust in and attitudes towards social institutions. He is the founder of the Australian Leadership Index, co-lead of the Public Interest Technology research program of the Social Innovation Research Institute, Deputy Director of the Social Psychology of Innovation Research Group, and co-convenor of the Technology x Society Forum. 

His research has appeared in the British Journal of Social Psychology, Social and Personality Psychology Compass, and Behavior Research Methods, among other journals. Committed to research that creates social impact, Sam has published extensively with Emergency Medicine Australasia, The Conversation and Analysis and Policy Observatory. Sam has been awarded over $1.5 million in external research grants from industry on leadership and humanitarianism-related research projects. 

In addition to his leadership development work in the Swinburne Business School, Sam works closely with academic, medical, government and community leaders to develop their capacity for adaptive and ethical leadership.

Research interests

Social Psychology; Public opinion research (online, face to face and CATI); Public interest technology; Leadership

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.


Available to supervise honours students.


Also published as: Wilson, Samuel; Wilson, S.; Wilson, S. G.; Wilson, Sam; Wilson, Sam G.; Wilson, Samuel G.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2023: Participatory Melbourne *; Menzies Foundation Partnerships
  • 2022: Exploring identity workspaces in Emergency Medicine *; Australasian College of Emergency Medicine
  • 2021: Australian Leadership Index *; The Graham Family Foundation Fund Scheme
  • 2021: Scoping study for the development of a digital identity ecosystem *; Australian Red Cross
  • 2020: Proposal to support investigation into humanitarian response following bushfire crisis *; Australian Red Cross
  • 2019: Efficiently Doing Good *; Australian Red Cross
  • 2019: Exploring Leadership Development *; THE AUSTRALASIAN COLLEGE FOR EMERGENCY MEDICINE
  • 2019: Female Leadership and Positive Work Culture *; Australasian College of Emergency Medicine
  • 2019: The Effect of Servant Leadership on Individual and Organisational Effectiveness *; Australasian College of Emergency Medicine
  • 2018: Building leadership capability models for different levels with ACEM *; ACEM
  • 2018: The Australian Leadership Index *; SteveGraham

* Chief Investigator

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