Professor Michael Wenzel


College of Education, Psychology and Social Work

place Social Sciences North (383)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia
Dipl. Psych., Ph.D. (Münster, Germany)
Key responsibilities

Director of Studies, Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)

Research interests

My main research interests in social psychology relate to issues of justice and morality, intergroup relations, and compliance with laws and regulations. In the area of justice and morality, my research addresses the implications of wrongdoing and victimization in both interpersonal and intergroup contexts, from victim, offender and third-party perspectives, with a focus on processes of justice restoration and moral repair. For example, I am interested in the determinants and effects of punishment, revenge, apologies, and forgiveness and an offender's confession, shame and self-forgiveness. I also have an interest in processes of social change and collective action to advance justice. In the area of intergroup relations, I am interested in processes of reconciliation following intergroup wrongdoing, as well as social discrimination and tolerance between groups. For example, I have been studying how superordinate identities that encompass two groups affect the quality of their relationship. In the area of compliance, I am interested in the role of fairness perceptions, social identity, attributions of legitimacy to regulators and law enforcement agencies, and the interaction between norms and law.

Teaching interests
Social psychology, psychology of justice, intergroup relations
Topic coordinator
PSYC7007 Applications of Psychology
Topic lecturer
PSYC7007 Applications of Psychology
PSYC2019 Personality and Social Psychology
PSYC3004 Advanced Social Psychology
Supervisory interests
Restorative justice
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Truth and forgiveness (1), Vision thinking (1)
Associate supervisor: Shame (1), Intragroup harm (1), Restorative justice (1), Identity transitions (1)
Principal supervisor: Self-punishment (1), Self-forgiveness (1), Rumination/reflection following victimization (1), Confession following transgression (1), Hope (1), Whistleblowing (1)
Associate supervisor: Spatial cognition (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Farid Anvari

Endeavour Research Fellowship - NOV 2017

Simon Bury

Outstanding Postgraduate Research Award from the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists (SASP) - APR 2017

Anne-Marie Coughlin

Vice-Chancellor’s Prize for Doctoral Thesis Excellence - APR 2016

Further information

For information about the Social Psychology Laboratory click here.