Melanie Vauclair

Melanie Vauclair


Category: Alumni


I am currently working as a Marie Curie Research Fellow at Lisbon University Institute in Lisbon (Portugal). Before that, I worked as a postdoc and lecturer at the University of Kent in the UK. And before THAT, I did my PhD at the CACR in Wellington.

Areas of interest

Morality; culture; values; prejudice; age discrimination; stereotypes; acculturation; intergroup relations


I am interested in controversial issues such as whether morality is universal or culturally relative or whether the way we measure culture is indeed the most appropriate solution. Currently, I am also working on stereotypes, attitudes to age and age discrimination from a cross-cultural perspective. Other areas I am interested in are values, acculturation, and intergroup relations.

Selected publications

Podsiadlowski, A., Vauclair, C.-M., Spiess, E. & Stroppa, C. (in press). Social  support on international assignments: The Relevance of Socio-Emotional Support from Locals. International Journal of Psychology.

Abrams, D., Vauclair, C.-M. & Swift, H. (2011). Predictors of attitudes to age across Europe. Report for the Department of Work and Pension (Report No 735).

Abrams, D., Russell, P. S., Vauclair, C.-M., & Swift, H. (2011). Ageism in Europe and the UK. Findings from the European Social Survey. A Report from EURAGE (European Research Group on Attitudes to Age) commissioned by Age UK.

Vauclair, C.-M. & Fischer, R. (2011). Do cultural values predict individuals’ moral attitudes? A cross-cultural multi-level approach. European Journal of Social Psychology.41, 468-481.

Fischer, R. & Vauclair, C.-M. (2011). Social influence and power. In C. V. Torres & E. R. Neiva (eds), Psicologia Social: Principais temas e vertentes (pp. 153-170). Porto Alegre: Artmed.

Vauclair, C.-M., Hanke, K., Fischer, R., & Fontaine, J. (2011). The structure of human values at the culture level: A meta-analytical replication of Schwartz’s value orientations using the Rokeach Value Survey. Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology, 42, 186-205.

Fischer, R., Vauclair, C.-M., Fontaine, J. & Schwartz, S. H. (2010). Are individual- and culture-level value structures different? Testing Hofstede’s legacy with Schwartz's data. Journal of Cross-cultural Psychology, 41, 135-151.

Vauclair, C.-M., Abrams, D., & Bratt, C. (2010). Measuring attitudes to age in Britain: Reliability and validity of the indicators. Report for the Department of Work and Pension (Working Paper No 90).

Ward, C., Masgoret, A-M. & Vauclair, C.-M. (2010). Attitudes toward immigrants and immigrant experiences - Modelling the impact of immigrant density and unemployment across Territorial Authorities. End-Report for the Department of Labour (DoL). Wellington: Victoria University, Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research.

Vauclair, C.-M. (2009). Desired or desirable values? Considering morality in cross-cultural value research and its implications for research and measurement. Mackenzie Business Review, Special Issue: Human Values, 10, 60-83.

Podsiadlowski, A., Boer, D., Vauclair, C.-M. (2008). Workplace Diversity in New Zealand: End-Report for the Workplace Group of the Department of Labour (DoL) and Office of Ethnic Affairs. Wellington: Victoria University, Centre for Applied Cross-cultural Research.

Fuchs, C.-M. (2006). Brasilianische Spielregeln [Brazilian rules of the game]. In Deutscher Studienpreis (Ed.), Mythos Markt? Die ökonomische, rechtliche und soziale Gestaltung der Arbeitswelt [Myth Market? The economical, legal, and social creation of the work environment] (pp. 231-252). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften.

Brökelmann, S., Fuchs, C.-M., Kammhuber, S. & Thomas, A. (2005). Beruflich in Brasilien [Professionally in Brazil]. Göttingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht.

Fuchs, C.-M. (2005). Arbeitsplatz Globus - Kulturelle Unterschiede als “Störvariable” [Workplace Globe - cultural differences as “confounding variable”]. In: H. Stubbe und C. dos Santos-Stubbe (Eds.), Kölner Beiträge zur Ethnopsychologie und Transkulturellen Psychologie (Vol 6, pp. 41-72). Göttingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht.


You can access Melanie's thesis here