News & Public Appearances

Sydney Ideas Covid19 Fear and Anxiety Podcast

The situation around COVID-19 is evolving at an astounding rate. Thinking beyond the physical health ramifications to the mental health, anxiety, communication and sense-making aspects, our panel looks at what’s going on and do their best to make sense of the rapidly shifting series of events.

– Professor Nick Enfield, Department of Linguistics
– Professor Ian Hickie, Brain and Mind Centre
– Dr Claire Hooker, Faculty of Medicine and Health
– Professor Julie Leask, Susan Wakil School of Nursing and Midwifery
– Professor Agnieszka Tymula, School of Economics
– Professor Annamarie Jagose (Moderator), Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Outside the Square – new lecture series for everybody

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Hosted by the new Dean of Arts and Social Sciences, Professor Annamarie Jagose, and in collaboration with Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Outside the Square is a new series in which six expert panels will address questions that speak to the heart of what it means to be a person today.

There’ll be drinks. There’ll be catering by the renowned chefs of Spice Ally.

There’ll also be a linguist, a philosopher, a satirist, an economist (HEY, THIS IS ME!), a playwright, a journalist, a teacher, an environmentalist, a technologist, an artistic director, a forensic psychologist, a CEO of happiness, and a social media troll.

Raising the bar again!

After huge success last year, we are raising the bar again. On Tuesday 18/10 twenty academics from the University of Sydney across twenty bars in Sydney will talk about their research while you drink and listen. This year I will be talking about neuroeconomics of self-control. More details here:

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Success on Faculty Research Support Scheme – 21,827.95 AUD

We are extremely happy to have received $21,827.95 from the University of Sydney. And yes, I am not joking this is the exact number! Together with Dr. Stefanie Schurer we will use this money to investigate the role of risk and time preferences as well as personality traits in a randomised control trail that assists 400 overweight patients in losing and maintaining healthy weight. We are working on this project with a great team from the Boden Institute at the University of Sydney. Stay tuned for the results!

ARC Linkage grant success – 293,000 AUD

Great news. Me, Dr. Kevin Schnepel and Prof. Bob Slonim are joining forces with Sydney Opera House to conduct research on charitable giving. The project aims to understand customers’ philanthropic motives within the customer-organisation relationship, by combining existing data with behavioural-economic motivated field and lab experiments to study Sydney Opera House customers’ motives for philanthropy. Due to rising costs, budget cuts and greater community outreach, many art organizations increasingly rely on their customers for philanthropic support. The findings are expected to broaden and deepen theoretical understanding of altruism and preferences for charitable behaviour within the social science literature, and provide at organisations with empirically-tested approaches to improve their philanthropy.

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