My background is in Social and Organisational Psychology, and my research interests are in group and intergroup relations. I study emotions, social identity, and diversity and inclusion, particularly with respect to gender and persons with disabilities.

I am the program director for the Master of Management.

Research interests

Managerial psychology and decision science

– Emotions and decision making (group and individual)

Social relations in organisations

– Group and intergroup relations; workplace diversity (gender and disabilities)

Teaching units

MGT2OBE (Organisational Behaviour – Undergraduate)

MGT5OBR (Organisational Behaviour – Postgraduate)

BUA5HER (Human Resource Management and Employment Relations)

Recent publications

Refereed Journal Articles

Spoor, J. R., & Lehmiller, J. J. (2014 Sep 30). The impact of course title and instructor gender on student perceptions and interest in a women’s and gender studies course. PLOS One 9(9). DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0106286 [2010 ABDC Rank: A]

Spoor, J. R., Jetten, J., & Hornsey, M. J. (2014). Overplaying the diversity card: When a superordinate group overrepresents the prevalence of minorities. Group Processes and Intergroup Relations. 17(2), 161-177. DOI: 10.1177/1368430213497063 [2010 ERA Rank: B; ABDC Rank: B]

Spoor, J. R., & Hoye, R. (forthcoming). Perceived support and women’s intentions to stay at a sport organisation.  British Journal of Management, 25(3), 407-424. DOI: 10.1111/1467-8551.12018 [2010 ERA Rank: A; ABDC Rank: A]

Esposo, S. R., Hornsey, M. J., & Spoor, J. R. (2013). Shooting the messenger: Outsiders critical of your group are rejected regardless of argument quality. British Journal of Social Psychology, 52, 386-395. DOI: 10.1111/bjso.12024

Moons, W. G., Spoor, J. R., Kalomiris, A. E., & Rizk, M. K. (2013). Certainty broadcasts risk preferences: Verbal and nonverbal cues to risk-taking. Journal of Nonverbal Behavior, 37, 78-89. DOI: 10.1007/s10919-013-0146-0

     Spoor, J. R., & Schmitt, M. T. (2011). “Things are getting better” isn’t always better: Considering women’s progress affects perceptions of and reactions to contemporary gender inequality. Basic and Applied Social Psychology, 33¸24-36. DOI: 10.1080/01973533.2010.539948

Spoor, J. R., & Kelly J. R. (2009). Mood convergence in dyads: Effects of valence and leadership. Social Influence, 4(4), 282-297­. DOI: 10.1080/15534510902805366

Kelly, J. R., & Spoor, J. R. (2007).  Naïve theories about the effects of mood in groups: A preliminary investigation.  Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 10, 203-222. DOI: 10.1177/1368430207074727

Spoor, J. R., & Kelly, J. R. (2004). The evolutionary significance of affect in groups: Communication and group bonding.  Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, 7, 398-412. DOI: 10.1177/1368430204046145

Book Chapters

Kelly, J. R., & Spoor, J. R. (2013). Affective processes. In J. M. Levine (Ed.). Group processes (pp. 33-53). New York: Psychology Press.

Schmitt, M. T., Spoor, J. R., Danaher, K., & Branscombe, N. R. (2009). Rose-colored glasses: How tokenism and comparisons with the past reduce the visibility of gender inequality. In M. Barreto, M. Ryan, & M. T. Schmitt (Eds.), The glass ceiling in the 21st century: Understanding barriers to gender equality (pp. 49-71). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Spoor, J. R., & Williams, K. D. (2007). The evolution of an ostracism detection system. In J. P. Forgas, M. Haselton, & W. von Hippel (Eds.), The evolution of the social mind: Evolutionary psychology and social cognition (pp. 279-292). New York: Psychology Press.

Kelly, J. R., & Spoor, J. R. (2006). Affective influence in groups. In J. P. Forgas (Ed.), Affect in social thinking and behavior (pp. 311-325). New York: Psychology Press.

Meyers, R. A., Berdahl, J. L., Brashers, D. E., Considine, J. R., Kelly, J. R., Moore, C., Peterson, J. L., & Spoor, J. R.(2005). Investigating groups from a feminist perspective. In M. S. Poole & A. B. Hollingshead (Eds.), Theories of small groups: Integrative perspectives (pp. 241-276). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.


La Trobe University Building Healthy Communities Research Focus Area Grant, A $19,758 for Employee support for workplace inclusion of adults with autism (CIs: J. R. Spoor, D. Hedley, C. Dissanayake, A. Richdale, T. Bartram & M. Uljarevic)

Research projects

Emotions in individual and group decision making

Gender and sport

Diversity management

Workplace outcomes for individuals with autism

Teaching of diversity and social issues