Abraham (Bram) P. Buunk is currently Honorary Professor at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, and Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at the University of Curacao in the Caribe. In 2005 he was appointed Academy Professor on behalf of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. Since 2004 he is a member of this Academy. Professor Buunk has done many studies on social comparison and social exchange in relation to a variety of applied issues, including professional burnout, absentee¬ism, AIDS-prevention, loneliness, depression, marital satisfaction, educational problems, marketing, successful ageing, and coping with cancer. He supervised over 50 graduate students, and has over 500 scientific publications in a variety of journals and books. Professor Buunk edited many books, including with Frederick X. Gibbons the volume Social comparison, health and well-being: Perspectives from social comparison theory (1997), and with Linda Steg, Kees Keizer and Talib Rothengatter Applied social psychology (2017). With Mark van Vugt he wrote Applying social psychology. From problem to solution (2013). He collaborates with many scholars in South America, including Argentina, Uruguay and Chile. Over the past decade, professor Buunk has focused primarily on evolutionary and biological approaches of human behavior, particularly jealousy, intra-sexual competition, and parental control of mate choice. He has served on many scientific boards and committees within, among others, the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO), the Netherlands Cancer Society (NKB/KWF), and the AIDS Foundation. Currently he is on the editorial board of Interpersona, Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences, Salud and Society, and Personality and Social Psychology Compass. In 1983-1984 he was a Fulbright Senior Research Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles. In 2009 he was awarded the honorable royal distinction of Knight in the Order of the Lion of the Netherlands. In 2011 he received the distinction of Professor Honorario from the Universidad Católica de Santa Maria in Arequipa, Peru.
Evolutionary approaches to human behavior, in particular with respect to jealousy, intrasexual competition, and parental influence on mate choice.