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Questioning Behaviour


Welcome to the Questioning Behaviour Podcast, hosted by Sarah Bowen and Merle van den Akker. Here we talk about all things Behavioural Science (and PhD)!

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Ep 62. The Mature PhD student (ft. Steve Shu)

Nov 22 • 48:05

In today's episode of the Questioning Behaviour Podcast, Sarah and Merle talk to Steve Shu about his decision to transition from his successful career in Behavioural Science consultancy to do a PhD (successfully!). We talk about the social and professional capital the PhD has afforded Steve, the non-overlaps between the work of a consultant and an academic, and life as a m...

Ep 62. Behavioural Science in the Middle East (ft. Fadi Makki)

Nov 22 • 51:25

In this episode of the Questioning Behaviour Podcast, Sarah and Merle interview Fadi Makki about his work in the Middle East. They discuss the founding of the Citizen's Lab, Nudge Lebanon, work on psychological inoculation, combatting traffic violations as well as violent extremism and glass recycling. All wrapped up in a neat little packet you cannot miss! ...

Ep 61. Saving the Children, with Behavioural Science (ft. Joe Sweeney)

Nov 15 • 49:51

In this episode of the Questioning Behaviour Podcast, Sarah and Merle interview Joseph (Joe) Sweeney, the Director of the Alliance for Decision Education on their work in teaching kids behavioural science, and the benefits of it. ...

Ep 60. Dealing with Uncertainty (ft. Margaret Echelbarger)

Nov 8 • 59:47

In this episode of the Questioning Behaviour Podcast, Sarah and Merle chat with Margaret as part of the "Early Career Behavioural Researcher" series. We discuss Margaret's research topic: children and finance, as well as her journey into the PhD, into a post-doc and her approach to dealing with uncertainty, which the academic world is riddled with!

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Ep 59. Is there a System 3? (ft. Leigh Caldwell)

Nov 1 • 56:50

In this episode of the QB pod, Sarah and Merle speak with Leigh Caldwell (Founding Partner of Irrational Agency and author of The Psychology of Price) about the existence of a System 3 within a dual systems model of thinking... What follows is an interesting discussion on the purpose and utilities of models and the evidence for an "imagination" system at the intersection o...

Ep 58. The PhD Identity (ft. Victoria Valle Lara)

Oct 25 • 46:21

In this episode of the QB pod, Sarah and Merle chat with Victoria Valle Lara as part of our "Early Career Behavioural Researcher" series. We discuss life on the PhD and Victoria's experiences transitioning from the PhD into consultancy. Victoria is a senior behavioural economist at Allianz and completed her PhD in Economics in 2019 from HEC Lausanne, Switzerland....

Ep 57. Nudging the developing world (ft. Saransh Sharma)

Oct 18 • 51:17

In this episode, Sarah and Merle speak with Saransh Sharma: a behavioural strategist at Final Mile consulting with 6+ years of experience in research and design. We discuss how behavioural science can be used to address some big problems (i.e. sanitation, HIV testing, etc.), the challenges of applying behavioural science without truly understanding the humans at the other ...

Ep 56. The perks of starting early (ft. Lenka Fiala)

Oct 11 • 48:17

For this episode of Questioning Behaviour, Sarah and Merle interview Lenka Fiala. Lenka managed to transition from her PhD in Tilberg to an Assistant Professorship at Nova (Lisbon, Portugal). She explains her journey, the perks of knowing what you want early on, and tells us more about the research she is currently doing....

Ep 55. Talking Money (ft. Etinosa Agbonlahor)

Oct 4 • 51:39

In this episode of the QB pod, Sarah and Merle get a chance to talk with Etinosa Agbonlahor about being an applied financial behavioural economist in the private sector (phew!). Etinosa is a behavioural research scientist at Fidelity Investments and has previously worked as a behavioural scientist for the Commonwealth Bank in Australia. We discuss the expectations and real...

Ep 54. People who write together, stay together (ft. Essi Kujansuu)

Sep 27 • 41:41

In this episode of the QB podcast, Sarah and Merle speak with another early career researcher, Essi Kujansuu, about her experience getting into the PhD, switching topics after 1 year, and how she navigated the job market (even though self-promotion is tough for the Finnish!)......

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