Power, Status and Influence 2017

April 28, 2017, London
PSI is going international!

PSI will be hosting its conference in London for the first time, with an exciting line up of speakers.

The conference brings together scholars who are interested in the study of power, status, and influence. The primary aim is to foster learning and collaboration among researchers in different scientific fields.

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This conference is by invitation only. Do not register if you have not received the PSI initial invitation.

Speaker bios

  • Karen Armstrong OBE


    Karen Armstrong OBE

    Karen Armstrong OBE is a historian of religion, whose books have been translated into forty-five languages. They include, A History of God, which was an international bestseller; Islam: A Short History, A Short History of Myth; The Spiral Staircase: A Memoir; and most recently Fields of Blood; Religion and the History of Violence. In 2007 she was appointed by Kofi Anan to the High Level Group of the UN Alliance of Civilizations with the task of diagnosing the causes of extremism. In 2008 she was awarded the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Medal. In 2013 she received the British Academy’s inaugural Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Improving Transcultural Understanding and in 2015 the ISESCO/OCIS prize for Educators; and she is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

    Title of Talk: "The Human Tragedy: The Economy, Power and “Religion””

  • Joey Cheng


    Joey Cheng - University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign

    Joey Cheng's research focuses on social status and influence, nonverbal signals of status, overconfidence, competitiveness, and the neurobiology of status. She explores these topics in naturalistic field groups (e.g., sports teams, marching bands, MBA social networks) and laboratory experiments, using diverse methodologies such as behavioral tasks, economic games, ethological observations of behavior, eye-tracking technology, hormonal assessments, and voice pitch analysis.

    Title of Talk: "Competition for Social Rank: Strategies, Signaling, and Consequences"

  • Isabel Fernandez-Mateo


    Isabel Fernandez-Mateo - London Business School

    Isabel Fernandez-Mateo is the Adecco Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at London Business School, where she has been on the faculty since 2004. She has also been visiting faculty at the University of Chicago and INSEAD. Dr. Fernandez-Mateo received her PhD from the Sloan School of Management (Massachusetts Institute of Technology). Her research focuses on the interplay between economic and social factors in markets. In particular, she studies how firms and individuals can use relationships to create and capture economic value. Much of her research focuses on how social networks influence career outcomes, particularly in hiring, job transitions, and career advancement. She is especially interested in issues of gender diversity in the executive labour market, and is currently doing research on the access of women to top management jobs. Her articles have appeared in academic journals such as the American Sociological Review, the American Journal of Sociology and Administrative Science Quarterly. She is currently Associate Editor for Management Science.

    Title of Talk: “When being in the minority pays off: Relationships among sellers and price setting in the Champagne industry.”

  • Markus Heinrichs


    Markus Heinrichs, Ph.D. - University of Wurzburg and the University of Bonn

    Professor Markus Heinrichs studied psychology at the University of Wurzburg and the University of Bonn and received his Ph.D. from the University of Trier (Germany). After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Zurich (Switzerland), he was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology and Psychobiology at the University of Zurich. Since 2009, Markus Heinrichs has been Chair for Biological and Personality Psychology at the University of Freiburg (Germany). Since 2010, he has headed the Social Neuroscience research group at the Freiburg Brain Imaging Center and has directed the Outpatient Clinic for Stress-Related Disorders at the University of Freiburg. He has pioneered a new field, demonstrating that the neurohormone oxytocin is a key mediator in the regulation of complex human social cognition and behavior, as well as establishing oxytocin as a target for novel treatment approaches. Heinrichs has received several international awards for his work and is one of the most highly cited researchers in the world (2014: Highly Cited Researcher and placed on list "The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds" by Thomson Reuters).

    Title of Talk: “Oxytocin in the human brain: influencing human social interaction.”

  • Sir Michael G. Marmot


    Sir Michael G. Marmot MBBS, MPH, PhD, FRCP, FFPHM, FMedSci, FBA

    Sir Michael Marmot is Professor of Epidemiology at University College London, and President of the World Medical Association. He is the author of The Health Gap: the challenge of an unequal world (Bloomsbury: 2015) and Status Syndrome: how your place on the social gradient directly affects your health (Bloomsbury: 2004). Professor Marmot holds the Harvard Lown Professorship for 2014-2017 and is the recipient of the Prince Mahidol Award for Public Health 2015. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from 17 universities. Marmot has led research groups on health inequalities for 40 years. He chairs the Commission on Equity and Health Inequalities in the Americas, set up in 2015 by the World Health Organizations’ Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO/ WHO). He was Chair of the Commission on Social Determinants of Health (CSDH), which was set up by the World Health Organization in 2005, and produced the report entitled: ‘Closing the Gap in a Generation’ in August 2008. At the request of the British Government, he conducted the Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England post 2010, which published its report 'Fair Society, Healthy Lives' in February 2010. This was followed by the European Review of Social Determinants of Health and the Health Divide, for WHO Euro in 2014. He chaired the Breast Screening Review for the NHS National Cancer Action Team and was a member of The Lancet-University of Oslo Commission on Global Governance for Health. He set up and led a number of longitudinal cohort studies on the social gradient in health in the UCL Department of Epidemiology & Public Health (where he was head of department for 25 years): the Whitehall II Studies of British Civil Servants, investigating explanations for the striking inverse social gradient in morbidity and mortality; the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), and several international research efforts on the social determinants of health. He served as President of the British Medical Association (BMA) in 2010-2011, and is President of the British Lung Foundation. He is an Honorary Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology; a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences; an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy, and an Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health of the Royal College of Physicians. He was a member of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution for six years and in 2000 he was knighted by Her Majesty The Queen, for services to epidemiology and the understanding of health inequalities. Professor Marmot is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine.

    Inequalities in power, money and resources: the social determinants of health

  • Lawrence W. Sherman


    Lawrence W. Sherman - Cambridge University

    Lawrence W. Sherman is Chair of the Police Executive Programme at Cambridge University, where he is also the Wolfson Professor and Director of the Institute of Criminology. Recognized in the Academy of Management Journal as the founder of evidence-based policing by his 1998 lecture defining its concepts, he has served as Honorary President of the Society of Evidence-Based Policing since its formation in 2010, and is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Cambridge Journal of Evidence-Based Policing launched in 2016. He was also founding president of the Academy of Experimental Criminology, and has won awards from learned societies in the US, UK and Germany for his randomized trials.

    Sherman began his career in police research in the New York City Police Department in 1971 as a civilian analyst in the Office of the Commissioner. Since then he has conducted field research and experiments in over 30 police agencies across the US, UK, Australia, Trinidad and India. Elected President of the American and International Societies of Criminology, he won the 2011 Benjamin Franklin Medal of the Royal Society of Arts in London, Honorary Doctorates from the University of Stockholm and Denison University, the Beccaria Medal from the German Society of Criminology. He was awarded a Knighthood (KNO) by King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden in 2016.

    Title of Talk: “Marketing and Managing Randomized Experiments in Organizations.”

  • Jeroen Vaes


    Jeroen Vaes, PhD. - University of Trento

    Jeroen Vaes, PhD., is Associate Professor at the University of Trento, Italy. His research focuses on humanness as a dimension of social judgement in intergroup relations, and in the realm of sexual and medical objectification. He has published research articles and chapters in the most important outlets of social psychology. He is or has been associate editor of various journals including the British Journal of Social Psychology, Psychologica Belgica and the Giornale Italiano di Psicologia. He recently co-edited a book entitled Humanness and Dehumanization and received the Jos Jaspers award from the European Association of Social Psychology for early career scientific achievements.

    Title of Talk: "Dehumanization: Humanness as a fundamental dimension of social judgment."

Conference programme

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Ana Almeida
Manager, Organisational Behaviour