Hugh Mackay (social researcher)

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Hugh Mackay

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Hugh Mackay in 2013
Hugh Clifford Mackay

Alma mater
OccupationPsychologist, sociologist, social researcher, writer and former teacher
Known forThe Ipsos Mackay Report

Hugh Clifford Mackay (born 1938) AO is the founder of the Australian quarterly research series The Ipsos Mackay Report (previously The Mackay Report). He is a psychologist, sociologist, social researcher, writer and former teacher. He is a regular columnist in The Age and a regularly appearing commentator on radio and television.


He is a graduate of Sydney Grammar School, and holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Sydney and a Master of Arts from Macquarie University. He is one of the founders of the St James Ethics Centre.[1]

Mackay currently holds a number of academic positions, including Adjunct Professor of the Faculty of Arts of Charles Sturt University and Professor of Social Science at the University of Wollongong. He has previously held positions at the Australian National University, Macquarie Graduate School of Management and the University of Melbourne.

He is Patron of the Asylum Seekers' Centre and member of the Bell Shakespeare Artistic Advisory Panel. He was the inaugural chairman of the ACT Government's Community Inclusion Board, and has previously held board positions with Charles Sturt University, Sydney Grammar School, The St James Ethics Centre, the Australia Council, the Law Society of New South Wales, the Sydney Peace Prize Advisory Committee, and the National Heart Foundation.

Mackay is a Fellow of the Australian Psychological Society and the Market and Social Research Society of Australia, and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society.

Honours and awards[edit]

He holds honorary doctorates in letters from Charles Sturt University, Macquarie University, the University of New South Wales and the University of Western Sydney, as well as the Hartnett Medal from the Royal Society of Arts, and the Alumni Award for Community Service from the University of Sydney.

At the 2015 Australia Day Honours, Mackay was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to the community in the areas of social research and psychology, as an author and commentator, and through roles with visual and performing arts and educational organisations.[2]



  • The Centre for Communication Studies; Jones, Caroline (Caroline Mary Newman), 1938–; Mackay, Hugh, 1938– (1983), Better communication : an educational program based on five audio cassette tapes; program workbook, the Centre, retrieved 28 April 2013CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Mackay, Hugh; Mackay, Hugh (1993), Reinventing Australia : the mind and mood of Australia in the 90s (Updated ed.), Angus & Robertson, ISBN 978-0-207-18314-0 drew on 60 individual reports
  • Mackay, Hugh; Mackay, Hugh; Bernard Hames Collection; MACKAY, Hugh (1997), Generations (1st ed.), Pan Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-7329-0921-5
  • Mackay, Hugh; Mackay, Hugh (1998), The good listener : better relationships through better communication, Pan Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-7329-0931-4 (originally Why Don't People Listen?, 1994)
  • Mackay, Hugh (1999), Turning point : Australians choosing their future, Pan Macmillan, ISBN 978-0-7329-1001-3
  • Media Mania: Why Our Fear of Modern Media is Misplaced (2002)
  • Mackay, Hugh (2005), Right & wrong : how to decide for yourself (Updated ed.), Hodder Headline Australia, ISBN 978-0-7336-1939-7 (originally published 2004).
  • Mackay, Hugh; Mackay, Hugh, 1938– (2008), Advance Australia ... where? (Updated ed.), Hachette Livre Australia, ISBN 978-0-7336-2362-2CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Mackay, Hugh (2013), What makes us tick? : the ten desires that drive us (New ed.), Hachette Australia, ISBN 978-0-7336-2999-0 (originally published 2010)
  • Mackay, Hugh (2013), The Good Life : What makes a life worth living? (New ed.), PanMacmillan, ISBN 978-1-7426-1213-3 (originally published 2013)
  • Mackay, Hugh (2014), The art of belonging, Pan Macmillan, ISBN 978-1-74261-425-0
  • Mackay, Hugh (2016), Beyond belief : How we find meaning, with or without religion, Sydney, N.S.W. Pan Macmillan, ISBN 978-1-925479-21-8
  • Mackay, Hugh (2018), Australia Reimagined : Towards a more compassionate, less anxious society, Pan Macmillan Australia, ISBN 978-1-74353-482-3




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