Doctor Ana-Maria Bliuc

Doctor Ana-Maria Bliuc

Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology,
Psychology: Human Behaviour (SSAP)

Senior Lecturer in Social Psychology,
Psychology: Human Behaviour (SSAP)


Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc is a social and political psychologist, and a senior lecturer in the School of Social Sciences and Psychology at WSU. She has a PhD in Psychology from the Australian National University, and prior to her current appointment at WSU she was a lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, and a Research Fellow at the University of Sydney. Dr Bliuc’s research examines how people’s social identities influence their behaviour in a range of contexts including health, environmental (climate change), and socio-political. Her interests also include understanding stigma, prejudice and discrimination, and the impact of use of new technologies on socio-psychological aspects of behaviour. Dr Bliuc’s received funding from the Australian Research Council and she has published in a wide range of high quality international journals such as Nature Climate Change, WIREs Climate Change, Computers in Human Behaviour, Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, etc.



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Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Psychology: Human Behaviour (SSAP)
  • Psychology: Human Behaviour (SSAP)


Location: EH.G.16A

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • B2048 Social Psychology, 2016
  • 101541 Advanced Topics in Psychology, 2017
  • 101683 Social Psychology, 2017



  • Jakubowicz, A., Dunn, K., Mason, G., Paradies, Y., Bliuc, A., Bahfen, N., Oboler, A., Atie, R. and Connelly, K. (2017), 'Cyber Racism and Community Resilience: Strategies for Combating Online Race Hate', : Palgrave 9783319643878.

Chapters in Books

  • Bliuc, A., Best, D., Beckwith, M. and Iqbal, M. (2017), 'Online support communities in addiction recovery : capturing social interaction and identity change through analyses of online communication ', Addiction, Behavioral Change and Social Identity: the Path to Resilience and Recovery, Routledge 9781138934078.
  • Bliuc, A., Goodyear, P. and Ellis, R. (2017), 'The role of students' social identities in fostering high-quality learning in higher education', Self and Social Identity in Educational Contexts, Routledge 9781138815131.
  • Misajon, R., Hutton, V. and Bliuc, A. (2016), 'Volunteering and civic participation in the Vietnamese-Australian community', Creating Social Cohesion in an Interdependent World: Experiences of Australia and Japan, Palgrave Macmillan 9781349705009.
  • McGarty, C., Bongiorno, R. and Bliuc, A. (2010), 'Categorization', Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Sage 9781412942089.
  • McGarty, C., Bliuc, A. and Bongiorno, R. (2010), 'Depersonalization', Encyclopedia of Group Processes and Intergroup Relations, Sage 9781412942089.
  • McGarty, C. and Bliuc, A. (2004), 'Refining the meaning of the "collective" in collective guilt : harm, guilt, and apology in Australia', Collective Guilt: International Perspectives, Cambridge University Press 9780521817608.

Journal Articles

  • Ellis, R. and Bliuc, A. (2019), 'Exploring new elements of the student approaches to learning framework : the role of online learning technologies in student learning', Active Learning in Higher Education, vol 20, no 1 , pp 11 - 24.
  • Bliuc, A., Doan, T. and Best, D. (2019), 'Sober social networks : the role of online support groups in recovery from alcohol addiction', Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, vol 29, no 2 , pp 121 - 132.
  • Bouguettaya, A., Cruwys, T., Moulding, R., King, R. and Bliuc, A. (2019), 'Evidence that frame of reference effects can reduce socially prescribed perfectionism', Frontiers in Psychology, vol 9 .
  • Bliuc, A., Betts, J., Vergani, M., Iqbal, M. and Dunn, K. (2019), 'Collective identity changes in far-right online communities : the role of offline intergroup conflict', New Media and Society, vol 21, no 8 , pp 1770 - 1786.
  • Humphrey, A., Bliuc, A. and Molenberghs, P. (2019), '[In Press] The social contract revisited : a re-examination of the influence individualistic and collectivistic value systems have on the psychological wellbeing of young people', Journal of Youth Studies, .
  • Bliuc, A., Iqbal, M. and Best, D. (2019), 'Integrating computerized linguistic and social network analyses to capture addiction recovery capital in an online community', Journal of Visualized Experiments, vol 147 .
  • Bliuc, A., McGarty, C., Badea, C. and Boza, M. (2018), 'Enacting collective support for the European integration : participation in pro-integration action and preference for specific transnational acculturation strategies', Journal of Community and Applied Social Psychology, vol 28, no 1 , pp 15 - 28.
  • Best, D., Bliuc, A., Iqbal, M., Upton, K. and Hodgkins, S. (2018), 'Mapping social identity change in online networks of addiction recovery', Addiction Research and Theory, vol 26, no 3 , pp 163 - 173.
  • Vergani, M. and Bliuc, A. (2018), 'The language of new terrorism : differences in psychological dimensions of communication in Dabiq and Inspire', Journal of Language and Social Psychology, vol 37, no 5 , pp 523 - 540.
  • Thomas, E., Smith, L., McGarty, C., Reese, G., Kende, A., Bliuc, A., Curtin, N. and Spears, R. (2018), 'When and how social movements mobilize action within and across nations to promote solidarity with refugees', European Journal of Social Psychology, vol 49, no 2 , pp 213 - 229.
  • Dunn, K., Blair, K., Bliuc, A. and Kamp, A. (2018), 'Land and housing as crucibles of racist nationalism : Asian Australians' experiences', Geographical Research, vol 56, no 4 , pp 465 - 478.
  • Faulkner, N. and Bliuc, A. (2018), 'Breaking down the language of online racism : a comparison of the psychological dimensions of communication in racist, anti-racist, and non-activist groups', Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, vol 18, no 1 , pp 307 - 322.
  • Bliuc, A., Faulkner, N., Jakubowicz, A. and McGarty, C. (2018), 'Online networks of racial hate : a systematic review of 10 years of research on cyber-racism', Computers in Human Behavior, vol 87 , pp 75 - 86.
  • Berndsen, M., Thomas, E., McGarty, C., Bliuc, A. and Hendres Muntele, D. (2017), 'Glorifying national identification increases schadenfreude about asylum seekers when they are a threat, not entitled to seek asylum, and blamed for their adversity', Comprehensive Results in Social Psychology, vol 2, no 2-3 , pp 166 - 198.
  • Bliuc, A., Best, D., Iqbal, M. and Upton, K. (2017), 'Building addiction recovery capital through online participation in a recovery community', Social Science & Medicine, vol 193 , pp 110 - 117.
  • Ellis, R. and Bliuc, A. (2016), 'An exploration into first-year university students' approaches to inquiry and online learning technologies in blended environments', British Journal of Educational Technology, vol 47, no 5 , pp 970 - 980.
  • Beckwith, M., Bliuc, A. and Best, D. (2016), 'What the recovery movement tells us about prefigurative politics', Journal of Social and Political Psychology, vol 4, no 1 , pp 238 - 251.
  • Faulkner, N. and Bliuc, A. (2016), ''It's okay to be racist': moral disengagement in online discussions of racist incidents in Australia', Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol 39, no 14 , pp 2545 - 2563.
  • Misajon, R., Pallant, J. and Bliuc, A. (2016), 'Rasch analysis of the Personal Wellbeing Index', Quality of Life Research, vol 25, no 10 , pp 2565 - 2569.
  • Iqbal, M., O'Brien, K., Bliuc, A. and Vergani, M. (2016), 'Death reminders increase agreement with extremist views but not violent extremist action in Indonesian Muslims', Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, vol 47, no 6 , pp 891 - 897.
  • Thomas, E., McGarty, C., Reese, G., Berndsen, M. and Bliuc, A. (2016), 'Where there is a (collective) will, there are (effective) ways : integrating individual- and group-level factors in explaining humanitarian collective action', Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, vol 42, no 12 , pp 1678 - 1692.
  • Allan, R., Endfield, G., Damodaran, V., Adamson, G., Hannaford, M., Carroll, F., Macdonald, N., Groom, N., Jones, J., Williamson, F., Hendy, E., Holper, P., Arroyo-Mora, J., Hughes, L., Bickers, R. and Bliuc, A. (2016), 'Toward integrated historical climate research : the example of atmospheric circulation reconstructions over the earth', Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Climate Change, vol 7, no 2 , pp 164 - 174.
  • Bliuc, A., McGarty, C., Thomas, E., Lala, G., Berndsen, M. and Misajon, R. (2015), 'Public division about climate change rooted in conflicting socio-political identities', Nature Climate Change, vol 5, no 3 , pp 226 - 229.
  • White, F., Abu-Rayya, H., Bliuc, A. and Faulkner, N. (2015), 'Emotion expression and intergroup bias reduction between Muslims and Christians : long-term Internet contact', Computers in Human Behaviour, vol 53 , pp 435 - 442.
  • Vergani, M. and Bliuc, A. (2015), 'The evolution of the ISIS' language : a quantitative analysis of the language of the first year of Dabiq magazine', Sicurezza, Terrorismo e Societa = Security, Terrorism and Society, vol 2, no 2 , pp 7 - 20.
  • McGarty, C., Thomas, E., Lala, G., Smith, L. and Bliuc, A. (2014), 'New technologies, new identities, and the growth of mass opposition in the Arab Spring', Political Psychology, vol 35, no 6 , pp 725 - 740.
  • Aditomo, A., Goodyear, P., Bliuc, A. and Ellis, R. (2013), 'Inquiry-based learning in higher education : principal forms, educational objectives, and disciplinary variations', Studies in Higher Education, vol 38, no 9 , pp 1239 - 1258.
  • Bliuc, A., McGarty, C., Hartley, L. and Muntele Hendres, D. (2012), 'Manipulating national identity : the strategic use of rhetoric by supporters and opponents of the 'Cronulla riots' in Australia', Ethnic and Racial Studies, vol 35, no 12 , pp 2174 - 2194.
  • Bliuc, A., Casey, G., Bachfischer, A., Goodyear, P. and Ellis, R. (2012), 'Blended learning in vocational education : teachers' conceptions of blended learning and their approaches to teaching and design', Australian Educational Researcher, vol 39, no 2 , pp 237 - 257.
  • Ellis, R., Bliuc, A. and Goodyear, P. (2012), 'Student experiences of engaged enquiry in pharmacy education : digital natives or something else?', Higher Education, vol 64, no 5 , pp 609 - 626.
  • Bliuc, A., Ellis, R., Goodyear, P. and Piggott, L. (2011), 'A blended learning approach to teaching foreign policy : student experiences of learning through face-to-face and online discussion and their relationship to academic performance', Computers & Education, vol 56, no 3 , pp 856 - 864.
  • Bliuc, A., Ellis, R., Goodyear, P. and Muntele Hendres, D. (2011), 'The role of social identification as university student in learning : relationships between students' social identity, approaches to learning, and academic achievement', Educational Psychology, vol 31, no 5 , pp 559 - 574.
  • Ellis, R., Barrett, B., Higa, C. and Bliuc, A. (2011), 'Student experiences of learning technologies across the Asia Pacific region', Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, vol 20, no 1 , pp 103 - 117.
  • Ellis, R., Goodyear, P., Bliuc, A. and Ellis, M. (2011), 'High school students' experiences of learning through research on the internet', Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, vol 27, no 6 , pp 503 - 515.
  • Bliuc, A., Ellis, R., Goodyear, P. and Muntele Hendres, D. (2011), 'Understanding student learning in context : relationships between university students' social identity, approaches to learning, and academic performance', European Journal of Psychology of Education, vol 26, no 3 , pp 417 - 433.
  • McGarty, C., Bliuc, A., Thomas, E. and Bongiorno, R. (2009), 'Collective action as the material expression of opinion-based group membership', Journal of Social Issues, vol 65, no 4 , pp 839 - 857.
  • Bliuc, A., McGarty, C., Reynolds, K. and Muntele Hendres, D. (2007), 'Opinion-based group membership as a predictor of commitment to political action', European Journal of Social Psychology, vol 37, no 1 , pp 19 - 32.
  • Bliuc, A., Goodyear, P. and Ellis, R. (2007), 'Research focus and methodological choices in studies into students' experiences of blended learning in higher education', Internet and Higher Education, vol 10, no 4 , pp 231 - 244.
  • McGarty, C., Pedersen, A., Leach, C., Mansell, T., Waller, J. and Bliuc, A. (2005), 'Group-based guilt as a predictor of commitment to apology', British Journal of Social Psychology, vol 44, no 4 , pp 659 - 680.
  • Douglas, K., McGarty, C., Bliuc, A. and Lala, G. (2005), 'Understanding cyberhate : social competition and social creativity in online white supremacist groups', Social Science Computer Review, vol 23, no 1 , pp 68 - 76.

Conference Papers

  • Bliuc, A., Goodyear, P. and Ellis, R. (2010), 'Blended learning in higher education : how students perceive integration of face-to-face and online learning experiences in a foreign policy course', Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia. Conference, Melbourne, Vic..

Her areas of research interest include:

  • Social identity: social change, collective action, and opinion-based groups
  • Multiculturalism and national identity
  • Cyber-racism and prejudiced discourse
  • Stigmatised groups’ experiences of prejudice and discrimination
  • Student learning in higher education; learning technologies; student identity

She welcomes inquiries from prospective honours, masters or PhD students about projects on any of these or related topics.

Research Projects:

Australia Indonesia Centre (2015). ‘Australia – Indonesia research on contemporary attitudes and interventions’ (Dr RoseAnne Misajon, Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc, Dr Howard Manns, Monash University, and Dr Bapak Irwansyah, Universitas Indonesia).

ARC Linkage project (2012-2015) ‘Cyber-racism and community resilience’ (Andrew Jakubowicz, UTS,Gail Mason, University of Sydney, Ana-Maria Bliuc, Monash University, Kevin Dunn, Western Sydney University, Yin Paradies, University of Melbourne,  and Nasya Bahfen, Monash University; Partners: VicHealth, the Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia, and  Australian Human Rights Commission).

ARC Discovery project (2011 – 2013) 'Pathways to social cohesion and social change: Opinion-based groups and the dynamic formation of identities' (Prof Craig McGarty, Murdoch University, Dr Ana-Maria Bliuc, Monash University, Dr Laura Smith, University of Bath, and Prof Tom Postmes, University of Groningen).

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Previous Projects

Title: Community Action for Preventing Extremism (CAPE) NSW: promoting resilience and response to far-right extremism [via All Together Now]
  • Multicultural NSW
Western Researchers: Kevin Dunn and Ana-Maria Bliuc
Years: 2016-09-01 - 2018-06-30
ID: P00023663


Current Supervision

Thesis Title: To investigate the impact of making short online messages in support of a traumatized people group, on the wellbeing of the supporter and their commitment to help others
Field of Research:

Previous Supervision

Thesis Title: Attitudes towards radicalising to violent extremism among Australian Muslims: role of structures, social dynamics and social identity
Field of Research: Society And Culture Not Elsewhere Classified


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