Professor Tyler Okimoto

Associate Dean (Academic)

Faculty of Business, Economics and Law


TYLER OKIMOTO is a Professor and Associate Dean (Academic) for the Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law at the University of Queensland. He received his Ph.D. in Organisational Psychology from New York University in 2005, and worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the School of Psychology at Flinders University in Australia, and in the School of Management at Yale University.

Tyler's research aims to better facilitate collaboration and consensus between diverse points of view, and to understand the role of leadership in overcoming those challenges. He often examines consensus/collaboration as a conduit for social justice in organisations and society, both how a lack of consensus contributes to injustice and inequality, and how people can effectively collaborate to move past conflict and repair harmonious relationships. He currently serves as President of the International Society for Justice Research, committed to fostering impactful interdisciplinary research that advances social justice.

He is also an award-winning educator, teaching both traditional and online/blended courses on leadership, human resources, conflict/negotiation, and decision-making in the Undergraduate, MBA, and Executive levels. He was also the Program Director and Academic Lead Designer of UQ’s MicroMasters Program in Business Leadership, a series of five postgraduate-level MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses); in its first year, this program reached over 60,000 learners from 193 different countries, and was a 2019 finalist for the global edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions to Online Education.

Research Interests

  • Understanding ethical “grey areas”
    – antecedents and consequences of diverging reactions to deviance and diverse views about moral behavior.
  • Building moral consensus
    – bridging disagreement and divergent perspectives on injustice/conflict; promoting trust and value consensus within and between groups; improving the long-term effectiveness of prosocial responses to scandals, deviance, incivility, injustice, victimization, etc.
  • Justice repair
    – understanding and reconciling diverse ideas about what is required to do “justice” in the aftermath of a transgression (e.g., compensation, punishment, forgiveness, apologies, revenge, restorative conferencing).
  • Social disadvantage and inequality
    – understanding stigma and inequity in social, organizational, educational, and political domains, esp. how cognitive biases undermine the advancement of women in leadership.

Research Impacts

Tyler's published work has been featured in numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, the UK Guardian, the Daily Mail, the Atlantic, Smithsonian Magazine, Good Morning America, Netflix Explained, SBS Insights, PBS News, ABC Radio, US National Public Radio, and the Hidden Brain podcast. His work has also been featured in a number of policy reports, inculding the American Association of University Women 2010 report, ‘Why so few? Women in STEM’; Harvard University's 'Gender Action Portal', aimed at closing gender gaps in business, politics, health, and education; and the National Academies Press 2014 policy report promoting equal opportunity in the U.S. military.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, New York University
  • Masters (Coursework), New York University
  • Bachelor of Psychology, The University of California, Santa Barbara


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Featured Publications

Book Chapter

  • Curtis, Caitlin, Gillespie, Nicole and Okimoto, Tyler (2023). Establishing trust in science communication. Teaching science students to communicate: a practical guide. (pp. 39-47) edited by Susan Rowland and Louise Kuchel. Cham, Switzerland: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-91628-2_5

  • Gillespie, Nicole, Lockey, Steve, Hornsey, Matthew and Okimoto, Tyler (2021). Trust repair: a multilevel framework. Understanding trust in organizations: a multilevel perspective. (pp. 143-176) New York, NY., United States of America: Taylor and Francis. doi: 10.4324/9780429449185

  • Wenzel, Michael and Okimoto, Tyler G. (2016). Retributive justice. Handbook of social justice theory and research. (pp. 237-256) edited by Clara Sabbagh and Manfred Schmitt. New York, NY, United States: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-1-4939-3216-0_13

  • Mullen, Elizabeth and Okimoto, Tyler G. (2015). Compensatory justice. The Oxford Handbook of Justice in the Workplace. (pp. 477-496) edited by Russell S. Cropanzano and Maureen L. Ambrose. New York, NY, United States: Oxford Univerisity Press. doi: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199981410.001.0001

  • Okimoto, Tyler G., Wenzel, Michael and Platow, Michael J. (2010). Restorative justice: Seeking a shared identity in dynamic intragroup contexts. Fairness and groups. (pp. 205-244) edited by Elizabeth A. Mannix, Margaret A. Neale and Elizabeth Mullen. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing. doi: 10.1108/S1534-0856(2010)0000013011

Journal Article

Conference Publication

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Note for students: Professor Tyler Okimoto is not currently available to take on new students.

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision