I am a Reader in Behavioural Economics and the Research Lead for the Economics and Finance subject group in the Faculty of Business and Law. I have co-founded a research network on decision making for others. With my colleague Sascha Füllbrunn, I have organized an international research conference and guest-edited a special issue of the Journal of Economic Psychology on this topic.

I am part of a research network pioneering work on behavioural and experimental macroeconomics (see, e.g., my papers from 2013 and 2016) which was included in vol. 2 of the Handbook of Experimental Economics.

I work in the fields of economics, political science, and in economic psychology and I am aiming to include all aspects of social and strategic behaviour in my research.


I hold a Ph.D. in Economics (Dr.rer.soc.oec) from the University of Innsbruck (Austria) and a M.Sc. in Economics (Mag.rer.soc.oec) from the University of Linz (Austria). Before joining Portsmouth Business School I was the director and co-founder of the experimental research laboratories at the Ruhr-University of Bochum and the University of Oldenburg and a visiting professor at the University of Hamburg. I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2016 and have co-founded the behavioural research group and the economic research lab here. Since September 2019 I am the research lead for the Economics and Finance subject group.

Research Interests

I am interested in people’s behaviour, what factors influence their decisions, and why the standard economic model is mostly wrong. I study how we behave on markets, while bargaining, and when deciding for others.

My current research interests include:

  • decision making for others
  • behavioural and experimental macroeconomics
  • bargaining
  • group decisions
  • experimental political economics
  • social preferences
  • experimental methods
  • lying aversion

Teaching Responsibilities

I have taught a large varitey of undergraduate, postgratduate and PhD courses. I am currently module coordinator for Behavioural Economics and Game Theory and I am also teaching postgraduate classes in experimental methods.

Ph.D. Stutends:

Georgia Buckle, "Decision Making for Others: The Impact of Reputational Costs, Preference Differences, and Increased Responsibility"
Paul-Emile Mangin, "Privatising Gains and Socialising Losses in Economic Decision Making"
Pavlin Shipkov, "Legal Services Act 2007"
Kate Whitman (third supervisor), "Understanding and Preventing Online Piracy"

Media Availability

I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research, and am aware of the needs to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact me directly on either or 023 92 844129.