• KY16 9AL

    United Kingdom

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PhD projects

Lab and field experiments on judgement and decision making (e.g., prosocial behaviour, forecasting accuracy). Field and online experiments on global challenges (e.g., climate change, cyber security, antimicrobial resistance, spread of infectious disease) and human forecasting of intervention effects. Registered Replication Reports of especially significant studies.

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Biography

I received my BSc in Economics from the University of York, my MSc in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and PhD in Economics from the University of Gothenburg. I have held tenured positions at the University of Gothenburg and the University of Stirling and visiting positions at the NTNU School of Business and Universidad de Antioquia. I joined the School in St Andrews in the fall of 2022. Before joining St Andrews, I held an appointment as Professor of Economics and Director of the Behavioural Science Centre at the University of Stirling. 

I am a current member of the Scottish Biodiversity Programme Advisory Group, the National Litter Strategy working group of the Scottish Government, and a Research Ethics Panel member of the UK Financial Conduct Authority. I am also involved in the NERC funded SPACES project, in the design of interventions aiming to improve waste management in Tanzania and Malawi. 

Personal webpage: connywollbrant.com

Twitter: @CWollbrant

Research interests

I am a behavioural economist, working on two complementary lines of research. The first addresses fundamental questions about human behaviour and decision making, by integrating models of cognition from Psychology and Neuroscience with Economics. The second applies insights from Behavioural Economics, and the Behavioural Sciences in general, to improve behaviours that relate to global challenges such as antimicrobial resistance, climate change, biodiversity loss and infectious disease. The overarching goal is to both advance the predictive and explanatory power of Economics and apply the insights generated by the field to generate positive impact in areas relating to pressing global challenges.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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