CV - July 2020
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Academic position:


Professor of Behavioural Science, Warwick Business School, University of Warwick




PhD Economics, Warwick 2006

MSc. Economics, Warwick 2001

BSc. Economics & Management, Brunel 2000


Previous positions:


Principal Research Fellow (Associate Professor), Centre for Economic Performance, London School of Economics and Political Science (0.75 FTE), 2012-2016

Professorial Research Fellow (Full Professor), Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne (0.25 FTE), 2013-2016 

Assistant Professor, Division of Economics, Nanyang Technological University, 2011-2012

Lecturer, Department of Economics and Related Studies, University of York, 2008-2011

Research Officer, Centre for Economics of Education, Institute of Education, University of London, 2005-2008


Editorial positions:


Associate editor – Journal of Behavioural and Experimental Economics, 2013 –

Chief and founding editor – International Journal of Wellbeing, 2010-2012

Editorial member – International Journal of Wellbeing, 2012 –

Editorial member – Singapore Economic Review, 2012 –

Guest editor – Applied Economic Perspective and Policy, 2012-2013

Guest editor  Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 2017


Other notables:


Educational Excellence in Social Science awarded by the Anglo-Thai Society, UK, 2007.

Lawrence R. Klein award for the best paper published in Empirical Economics, 2012/2013.

IZA Research Fellow

Ranked in the top 10 economists who graduated in 2006 in IDEAS (

Ranked in the top 5% of economists worldwide according to IDEAS 


Selected newspaper articles on research findings:


Income inequality makes whole countries less happy”, Harvard Business Review (digital article), 12/01/16

Does parenthood really make us happier?”, New Scientist, 02/09/15

Is midlife crisis just an excuse?”, Financial Times, 18/09/14

The four lessons of happynomics”, Financial Times, 06/06/14

Vox anti-populi”, New York Times, 13/02/14

Politics of greed”, Financial Times, 28/12/12

Heads or tails? Just don’t bet on it”, Financial Times, 15/06/12

Not so expert”, The Economist, 09/06/12

Happy now?”, Financial Times, 08/04/11

A happy revolution”, Nature (blog), 02/06/11

The seven secrets of a happy life”, Financial Times, 28/08/10

Race, gender and decision making”, New York Times, 27/05/09

Children, the littlest politicians”, New York Times, 19/02/06



Judgment and Decision Making (PG); Emotions in Business (UG); Principal of Microeconomics (UG); Applied Micro-econometrics (UG & PG); Health Economics (UG & PG); Behavioural Economics (UG); Labour Economics (UG); Well-being and public policy (Executive MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management)


Research grants:


Co-investigator of the What Works Centre for Well-Being (£987,000)

 “Innovation and Well-Being”, with Paul Dolan, NESTA (£900)

“Priming and Public Goods: A Pilot Study”, University of York, Pump-Priming funds (£728)

“Happiness and Morality”, with Michalis Drouvelis, British Academy (£6,000)

“Fooled by Randomness: An Experiment”, Start-up grant at NTU (£14,000)


PhD supervision:


Hasan Basarir, the University of York, 2008-2010.

Ayse Yemiscigil, Warwick Business School, 2016-


Invited talks:


Over 50 invited talks, keynotes, and departmental seminars in universities in UK, US, Europe, Australia, and South East Asia, including Princeton University, Harvard University, University of Southern California, Erasmus University Rotterdam, Monash University, University of Stirling, University of Warwick, London School of Economics and Political Science, University of York, University of New South Wales.


General talks include three TEDx events (TEDxNTU, TEDxZaragoza, and TEDxGhent).




Research featured in The London Times, The Guardian, The New York Times, The Daily Mail, Psychologies magazine, The Herald, The Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy magazine, The Washington Post, The Economist, The Financial Times.  Given 50+ radio interviews to date, and have written a blog for


Refereed for: Bulletin of Economic Research, Developmental Psychology, Economics Bulletin, Economics Education, Economic Inquiry, Economic Journal, Economic Letters, Economica, Emotions, Empirical Economics, European Economic Review, European Journal of Health Economics, Health Economics, Industrial & Labor Relations Review, International Economic Review, Japan Economic Review, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization, Journal of Economic Psychology, Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, Journal of European Economic Association, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Population Economics, Journal of Public Economics, Labour Economics, Manchester School, Oxford Economic Paper, Population and Development Review, Research in Applied Quality of Life, Review of Economics & Statistics, Review of Social Economy, Scandinavian Journal of Economics, Science, Singapore Economic Review, Social Indicators Research, Social Networks, Social Science & Medicine, World Bank Economic Review, World Development.

ESRC Research Grant, Hong Kong Research Council, Templeton Research Fund