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Professor Robert Wood, University of New South Wales

Collingwood College

January - March 2018

Robert Wood is Professor of Organizational Psychology at the

University of New South Wales and Director of the Centre for Ethical

Leadership at Ormond College, University of Melbourne. His research

across a range of topics is linked by the theme of human adaptability

and the questions of ‘what personal and situational factors determine

responses to

adaptive tasks

characterized by novelty, diversity,

immediacy, conflict, dynamism or complexity?’ and ‘why do some

people embrace adaptive challenges while others retreat through

avoidance, rejection and defensiveness?.’ His work has examined

individual and team responses to adaptive challenges and is currently

exploring leadership as a mechanism for creating team contexts that

convert individual adaptive capabilities into an adaptive culture. He

completed his doctoral research at the University of Washington and

undertook post-doctoral studies at Stanford University.

Professor Wood is a leading international scholar whose research

in the area of social cognitive theory has made many significant

contributions across a range of disciplines. His contributions

have been recognised by several awards and Fellowships. Most

recently he is the recipient of The Jay Wright Forrester Award. He

won this prestigious award in collaboration with Shayne Gary for

their 2011 paper ’Mental models, decision rules, and performance

heterogeneity’ (

Strategic Management Journal 32 (6)

). He and his

co-authors also received the 2016 Georgia Babladelis award for

the best paper published in

Psychology of Women Quarterly

for the

paper ‘The Impact of Harmful Workplace Behaviors on Women’s

Occupational Wellbeing: a meta-analysis’, co-authored with Victor

Sojo and Anna Genat.

He has been elected as a Fellow of several academic associations,

including the American Psychological Association (APA), the

International Association of Applied Psychologists (IAAP), the

Academy of the Social Sciences Australian (ASSA), and the

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM).

He is co-developer of the ABC’s online brain training program Active

Memory. He has also co-developed Cognicity Laboratories and

Cognicity Academies, online assessment tools and programs that

have been licensed to commercial and government organizations.

Professor Wood, with Dr Nadin Beckmann and Professor Jens

Beckmann at Durham, is currently studying the role of personality

in human adaptability. Their approach reconceptualizes personality

to incorporate the dynamic relationships between situations and

responses in units of personality known as TCUPs (Task Contingent

Units of Personality).

Dr Kathryn Yusoff, Queen Mary University of London

St Cuthbert’s Society

October - December 2017

Kathryn Yusoff is a Reader in Human Geography in the School of

Geography, Queen Mary University of London. She received her

PhD in Geography from Royal Holloway University of London, where

she worked on the chrono-geographies of Antarctica. Her research

interests include critical theory and environmental change, feminist

geophilosophy, political aesthetics, and extraction. She is committed

to interdisciplinary research and particularly, conversations across

the arts and sciences. She has served on the European Science

Foundation and various polar indicatives during the International

Polar Year and her book


examines the visual, scientific and

popular archives of the Polar Regions.

Her current research is focused on the geosocial formations of

the Anthropocene, and she is writing a book on “Geologic Life”.

She sees the role of geography as an interdisciplinary space for

elucidating on the connections between social and geologic relations,

and for understanding what difference the earth makes in thought

and practice. Understanding the Anthropocene as a new epoch of

thought, as well as the scientific recognition of new formations of

geological force, she is interested in the origin stories and colonial

histories of the Anthropocene and the continuance of these.

She has published widely in

Theory, Culture and Society, Environment

and Planning D: Society and Space, Transactions of the Institute

of British Geographers, Space and Culture, Cultural Geographies,

PhiloSOPHIA, Science and Culture, Radical Philosophy

. Recent

papers include a co-edited (with Nigel Clark) issue of

Theory Culture

and Society

on ‘Geosocial Formations and the Anthropocene’ and in

Environment and Planning A

on ‘Geoengineering.’

At Durham she will investigate ‘Geosocial Strata’ as a new mode of

theorizing the role of geologic forces in subtending social relations.

Framed by the recognition of geologic force as a new regime of power

in the Anthropocene, geosocial strata focuses on the structures of

exchange between geologic strata and social worlds, and how geology

inscribes social space. This project will develop the concept of

geosocial strata to provide a framework for examining the expression

of social forms as a product of geologic forces.