Hugh Mackay


Hugh Mackay is a social psychologist, researcher and bestselling author of 21 books, including What Makes Us Tick, The Good Life and Australia Reimagined. His latest non-fiction book is Hiding from Ourselves, published concurrently with his eighth novel, The Question of Love.

He has had a 60-year career in social research, and was also a weekly newspaper columnist for over 25 years. Among many honorary appointments, he has been deputy chairman of the Australia Council for the Arts, chairman of trustees of Sydney Grammar School, the inaugural chairman of the ACT government’s Community Inclusion Board and an honorary professor at Macquarie, Wollongong and Charles Sturt universities.

He is currently a patron of the Asylum Seekers Centre Hugh is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and of the Royal Society of NSW. In recognition of his pioneering work in social research, he has been awarded honorary doctorates by Charles Sturt, Macquarie, NSW, Western Sydney and Wollongong universities. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2015.

Hugh Mackay will be speaking at this year’s virtual TEDx Sydney event on the 6th November 2020. To listen to his inspiring talk as he delivers it live, register here for tickets to this unmissable event!



The most inspiring thing about being human | Hugh Mackay

Because we humans exist in a web of interconnectedness, nature has equipped us with the one quality we most need to make that web shimmer with social harmony. That...

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