Research biography

Dr Ning Xiang is an experienced researcher with multi-disciplinary training background. She is a research assistant in the Employment and Education program group at ISSR and is currently working  on the national evaluation of the Australian Government’s Paid Parental Leave (PPL) scheme and the follow-up ARC Linkage project, Millennium Mums Survey.

Prior to joining ISSR in 2010, Ning completed her PhD in social psychology at the UQ. Through the lens of the social identity approach and an organisational justice perspective, her doctoral program of research investigated how anti-norm leaders can mitigate negative responses from their group members when they wish to lead their group towards the prescriptive norms of an outgroup. To this end, she designed and conducted 6 pilot tests and 6 experimental studies to explore two plausible moderators and two potential mediators underlying the effects.  

Research interests

  • Social Identity Approach
  • Anti-norm Leaders
  • Middle Management
  • Paid Parental Leave