Abraham P. Buunk (nick name Bram) was, among others, from 1983-1984 a Fulbright Scholar at the University of California, Los Angeles, and in 2006 a Professor Erasmus Mundus at the University of Valencia, Spain.
He was an assistant, and later associate, professor of social and organizational psychology and the University of Nijmegen, and from 1990 to 2012 professor of social psychology at the University of Groningen.
From 2005 to 2012 he was Academy Professor on behalf of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences, and since 2004 he is a member of this Academy. Currently he is a Honorary Professor at the University of Groningen, and from 2013 till 2017 he was a Professor of Social and Organizational Psychology at the University of Curaçao. In 2012 he was awarded the Distinction of Professor Honorario by the Universidad Católica in Arequipa, Peru. Currently he is an Associate Researcher at the Netherlands Interdisciplinary Demographic Institute in The Hague, and Profesor Visitante at the the Universidad Católica del Uruguay, Montevideo.
He has devoted the first part of his career to research on social exchange and social comparison in applied areas, including professional burnout, absenteeism, AIDS-prevention, loneliness, depression, marital satisfaction, well-being among the elderly, and coping with cancer.
However, in the past decades he became primarily interested in evolutionary approaches of human social behavior, including parental control of mate choice, intra-sexual competition, jealousy and the relationship between physical and physiological characteristics on the one hand, and psychological characteristics on the other hand.
Prof. Buunk has over 500 scientific publications in a variety of journals and books, including Evolutionary Psychology, Evolutionary Behaviorial Sciences, Hormones and Behavior, Biological Psychology, Behavior and Brain Sciences, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Evolution and Human Behavior, Psychological Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Health Psychology, Patient Education and Counseling, Journal of Occupational and Organizational Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Psychology and Aging, and the European Journal of Social Psychology.
He has completed thus far the supervision of about 60 doctoral dissertations, and still supervises a few dissertations. Several of these dissertations were or are written by people from a diversity of countries including Curaçao, Spain, Latvia, Canada, the United States, Argentina and Uruguay. Prof. Buunk has held many administrative positions. He was, among others, chair of the Foundation for Behavioral Science Research (PSYCHON) within the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), and vice-chair of the Program Committee on Succesful Aging of NWO. He has also been on the Scientific Board for Social Oncology of the Dutch Cancer Foundation (NKB-KWF), the Scientific Board of the Dutch AIDS Foundation, and the Program Committee on Evolution and Behavior of NWO.
Currently, he is involved as co-applicant in the NWO project ¨Father absence and consequences for reproductive behavior and psychosocial development among Caribbean, Caribbean-Dutch and native Dutch youth¨, of which prof. M. Timmerman is the principal investigator.
Prof. Buunk has a strong international orientation. He participated for example in the EU TEMPUS program with the Jagielonski University in Krakow, Poland, and gave, and still gives, lectures in many countries. He has collaborated, or still collaborates, with colleagues from, among others, Spain, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Portugal, the United States, Indonesia, Suriname and Curaçao.
He lives part of the time in Spain and in Uruguay, and spends his free time among others on running, playing conga’s with various bands, collecting cd´s, singing in the Joyful Gospel Choir Costa Blanca, and travelling. He plays in the Poco Loco Steelband. Both this band and The Joyful Gospel Choir give regularly performances for various audiences in Spain. A few years ago, he started taking singing lessons in Spain and The Netherlands. He is president of the Bunno Mezclado Foundation, and in this function involved in the production of several cd’s. In 2016 the cd ‘Steelin’ pop’ by Enrico Garcia and the Mezclado Band came out, on which prof. Buunk played conga’s and bongo’s.
In 2009 he was awarded the Royal Distinction of Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw (Knight in the Order of the Dutch Lion).