The purpose of this website is to provide information and disseminate knowledge about my research, teaching, and consultancy in evolutionary psychology, social, work and organizational psychology.

professor mark van vugtMy particular expertise lies in the field of evolutionary approaches to human social and organizational behavior. I am interested in how evolutionary theory can be applied to understand group processes, leadership and followership, status and power, altruism, conflict and cooperation, and intergroup relations. In our lab at the VU we are using a range of methodologies from experimental psychology, social neuroscience, and behavioral economics to test hypotheses about human behavior.


I have also a keen interest in applications of evolutionary psychology and biology to domains such as business, leadership and management,  environmental sustainability, politics, peace and warfare, sex differences, economics and finance, health and poverty, charity and philanthropy.

If you are interested in more please read my blog posts in the Volkskrant and Psychology Today.

Copies of articles, book chapters and lecture slides are available as PDFs on my website, see publications.

Here is a an introductory chapter I wrote with a colleague on Evolutionary Perspectives on Group Processes if you are interested in this emerging field


Mark Van Vugt, Professor of Psychology*




*Department of Social and Organizational Psychology, VU University Amsterdam,  

Transitorium. room 1 B-29, Van der Boechorststraat 1, 1081 BT Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

*Institute for Cogntive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford, UK

*Centre for the Study of Group Processes, University of Kent, UK  

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