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Promotion to Associate Professor!

Today, I was so very pleased to learn the outcome of my promotion application: I have been promoted to Associate Professor! Gosh, what a relief! Putting together a promotion application is a lot of effort. I had a full draft 6 months before the due date and revised and revised and revised after gathering feedback …

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New article out on who doesn’t read online reviews, and why

I am very pleased to announce the publication of my new paper, “Who doesn’t read online consumer reviews, and why?” in the journal, Personality and Individual Differences. A few years ago, I worked with the Consumer Policy Research Centre to better understand Australian’s attitudes towards and usage of online consumer reviews (OCRs). There were a …

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My first sabbatical begins

A sabbatical is a time for academics to engage in scholarly research away from their home institution (while still getting paid). The idea, I think, is to encourage faculty members to expand their network, learn new skills, and begin large projects that might not otherwise get off the ground amidst the burden of teaching and …

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Presented on Behavioural Economics at the Link Group Conference

On 20 April 2018, I had the opportunity to give a keynote talk at the Link Group conference, which is a firm that administers over 10 million superannuation accounts on behalf of their client funds (e.g., AustralianSuper, REST, Cbus and Hostplus). In attendance were about 50 Fund CEOs, COOs and other Marketing, IT and Operations professionals. My …

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Presented at the SCP Boutique Conference in Sydney

This week I was fortunate to be one of the few to participate in the Society for Consumer Psychology Boutique Conference on Vice and Virtue Consumption. One of the great things about small conferences – this one had less than 120 attendees – is that you get a lot more interaction with people. I find that conversations …

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Excited to start a new position at the University of Technology Sydney

Today I started my new position as a senior lecturer of consumer psychology in the marketing department of the University of Technology Sydney. My new office is located in the Dr Chau Chak Wing Building,  pictured in the background, which was designed by master-architect  Frank Gehry. The building’s design is based on the idea of a tree-house structure …

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Presented at ACR in San Diego

I attended the 2017 annual meeting for the Association for Consumer Research, which was held in San Diego between 26-29 October, 2017. I attended an interesting pre-tenure workshop as well as many other interesting talks. It was great to see old friends and make some new ones. I presented a talk called “Consumer Underestimation of …

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Had a great experience in Denmark attending UNLEASH and working on solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals

I have just returned from Denmark as a participant in the first UNLEASH innovation lab. The purpose of the nine-day event was to create real, scalable solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals. Here is a link to an article I wrote prior to attending: A Nudge Towards Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The massive event brought …

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Thanks for the hospitality Center for Adaptive Rationality

Today I took advantage of Ralph Hertwig’s long-standing offer to come and visit the Center for Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute of Human Development. The last time I visited the Institute was way back in 2000 for a summer school. I have fond memories. For example, I remember watching an epic soccer match in which Germany lost …

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Thanks for the hospitality Goethe University!

Simone Wies invited me to Goethe University in Frankfurt to spend some time with the marketing folk for a few days. It was fun to briefly relive our shared office experience (although, I must point out that Simone’s current office space is more than twice that of our old combined office spaces at Duke, and it includes a mini table …

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