Jorge Arana

Associate Professor, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

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Committed to a global approach to research, the Institute’s team includes Associate Professor Jorge Arana from Spain. As an Assistant Professor in Economics at the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Associate Professor Arana’s main research areas are human decision modelling, social preferences, non-market valuation and bayesian econometrics.

Professor Arana undertook a PhD at University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in 2002 and post doctorial studies at the University of California, Berkley from 2002 to 2005.

As well as lecturing in econometrics, and economics at the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Associate Professor Arana is a member of the UNESCO Chair on Tourism and Sustainability at ULPGC, Research Professor at the Institute TiDES and former Research Associate Professor, at CenSoC, University of Technology, Sydney.

He is widely published in journals as diverse as the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, the Journal of Health Economics, Ecological Economics, the Annals of Tourism Research, and Health Economics.


Hazel Bateman

Professor, Head of School, Risk and Actuarial Studies, University of New South Wales

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Hazel has research interests in the areas of public and private provision for retirement. Her current research investigates retirement saving, investment and benefit decisions; the structure, governance and performance of pension and superannuation funds; and effective public policy for an ageing society. Prior to joining the University of New South Wales, Hazel worked as an economist in the Australian Treasury.

Hazel has been a consultant on retirement income issues to a range of Australian and international organisations including the OECD, the World Bank, the Social Insurance Administration (China), APEC and KIHASA. Hazel is a member of UniSuper’s Consultative Committee and in 2012-13 was a member of the Australian Government’s Superannuation Roundtable.


Clintin Davis-Stober

Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri

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Clintin conducts research within the emerging field of behavioiral decision-making. His primary research topic is the development and evaluation of mathematical models of individual and group decision-making. His recent work examines how individuals integrate multiple pieces of information when making a decision and the rationality of various decision strategies. Clintin is also interested in evaluating the performance of various decision rules in the context of the linear model.

Clintin holds a Ph.D. in Quantitative Psychology and an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Esther de Bekker-Grob

Associate Professor, Health Economics and Health Preferences, Erasmus University

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Esther de Bekker-Grob is an Associate Professor of Health Economics and Health Preferences at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (Department of Health Policy & Law, and Department of Public Health), The Netherlands. She is co-director of the interfaculty Erasmus Choice Modelling Centre. Esther has a master in Health Science, University of Maastricht (2005), and a PhD in Health Economics, Erasmus University Rotterdam (2009). Esther’s research has contributed to:

  1. Discrete choice experiments (DCE) to measure patients’ and physicians’ preferences, and
  2. Semi-Markov and micro simulation models to determine cost effectiveness for medical interventions.

Esther’s research has been published in high impact journals and has provided useful insights to medical decision making. She has studied a broad range of medical topics in primary healthcare, clinical care, and public health, and her work has helped understand the importance of specific characteristics of different medical interventions, the trade-offs that patients make between them, probabilistic predictions about their resulting choice behavior, and the costs and cost-effectiveness of different interventions. Esther has made methodological contributions to the design, modelling and validation of DCE’s in healthcare. Currently, she is involved as project leader, WP-leader and/or consultant in several health preference related (DCE) studies funded by national and international non-profit and profit organizations.


Kirsten Howard

Professor, School of Public Health, University of Sydney

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Professor Kirsten Howard is a Professor for the School of Public Health at the University of Sydney. Kirsten’s research focuses on methodological and applied health economics research predominantly in the areas of patient and consumer preference assessment using discrete choice (DCE) methods as well as in economic evaluation, and decision modelling; her publications in leading international clinical journals have included studies in clinical areas such as kidney disease, falls prevention, cancer screening, perinatal services, aged care services, exercise interventions for older people and organ donation and allocation policy. She is also a member of the Economics Sub Committee of the Australian government’s Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee (PBAC).


Taha Hossein Rashidi

Lecturer in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales

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Taha Hossein Rashidi is a Lecturer of Transport Systems in the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), working with rCITI. Before beginning his academic career at UNSW, he joined the University of Toronto as a postdoctoral research associate. He holds a Ph.D. degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and a Master of Science degree and a Bachelor of Science degree from Sharif University of Technology, Iran in Civil Engineering.

Dr. Rashidi was bestowed the Fred Burggraf Award from Transportation Research Board (TRB) of the National Academies in 2008. He was the Dwight David Eisenhower Transportation Fellow in 2008. He also received American Society of Civil Engineers Freeman Fellowship in 2009. More recently in 2012, Dr. Rashidi was twice recognized by the National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), Canada, which bestowed on him the NSERC PDF Award and the Industrial RAND Fellowship. During his tenure at UNSW, Dr. Rashidi was awarded the Early Career Research Grant from the Faculty of Engineering to work on disaggregate and behavioural household long-term decisions. Dr. Rashidi, as a CI, was also part of the team awarded an ARC linkage project in 2013 to develop a framework for integrating car sharing and transit systems

Dr. Rashidi’s current research interests include demand modelling, spatial data analysis, goods movement modelling, estimation of air pollution from mobile sources and land use models. His research also focuses on planning and travel demand modelling, specifically, the choice behaviour of household members for long-term decisions such as housing, job, and vehicle ownership and their impacts on daily travel behaviour.


Tiago Ribeiro

Founding Partner/Managing Consultant, Indera

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Tiago is the founding partner and managing consultant of Indera, an economic consultancy based in Porto, Portugal. As a practising econometrician, Tiago has led Indera's provision of econometric consulting services to private and public entities in Portugal for the last ten years. Tiago's focus has been on the application of econometrics, statistics and regulatory economics to a variety of sectors, including health care, telecommunications and financial services, with the analysis of revealed preferences being a constant and recurrent element of services provided.


Riccardo Scarpa

Durham University Business School (UK)
University of Verona (Italy)
University of Waikato (NZ)

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Professor Ric Scarpa has a PhD from University of Wisconsin Madison, USA and a Laurea in Agricultural Sciences from University of Tuscia, Italy.

In an independent bibliometric study published in 2012 Ric was included in the top 30 most influential environmental economists in the ‘00s (Ecological Economics Hoepner et al. vol. 77: 193-206). His papers currently count over 1800 ISI citations (H-index 27). He has held academic positions in Italy, the USA, Chile, the UK, New Zealand and Australia. He has an extensive consultancy experience for government agencies and acted as referee for various international research funding agencies. Ric has served in the editorial board and as associate editor in various academic journals in economics and other disciplines, acting as academic referee for over 70. His main area of applied work is on non-market valuation of environmental resources. With a broad interdisciplinary background in agriculture and food economics, he has worked extensively on empirical issues of value estimation from discrete choice data and on valuing consumers’ contracts with network utilities, such as power and water utilities. He works part-time at Durham University Business School (UK), University of Verona (Italy) and University of Waikato (NZ).


Sonika Singh

Lecturer, University of Technology Sydney

Tel: +61 2 9514 3259

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Dr. Sonika Singh is a PhD in Management Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research areas are digital marketing and retailing. Sonika’s research focuses on Bayesian econometric modeling of consumer information search, consumer choice, and retail pricing and promotions in online and offline channels. Her work related to consumer search in the online and offline channels, and published in the Journal of Retailing, explains the complementary use of information sources in the secondary durable goods market.

Sonika’s current projects focus on longitudinal data analysis of household level scanner panel data to understand repeated choices, variety seeking and consumer response to category pricing and promotions. She has presented her research at leading marketing conferences in U.S., Europe and India.


Mara Thiene

Associate Professor, College of Agricultural Science, University of Padova

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Mara has carried out research in the field of spatial planning and evaluation of landed property, with particular reference to the problems arising from the interaction between the rural and urban sector. She was also involved in studies in the field of rural land management and the relationship between agriculture and the environment, with reference to the rural landscape. She has carried out investigations on the tourist-recreational activities in rural areas, forest and mountain, with particular attention to the use of the Italian mountain hiking and mountaineering, through analysing the profile of visitors and issues of economic and environmental issues. She has extensive experience in non-market valuation techniques applied to valuing public goods, environmental goods and services. She employed discrete choice models to investigate preference heterogeneity of consumers in other fields of research such as food choice.


Susan Thorp

Professor of Finance and Superannuation, Finance Discipline Group
Chair of Superannuation, Finance Discipline Group, University of Technology Sydney

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Professor Susan Thorp holds the Chair of Finance and Superannuation at the University of Technology, Sydney. The Chair is funded by the Sydney Financial Forum (through Colonial First State Global Asset Management), the NSW Government, the Association of Superannuation Funds of Australia (ASFA), the Industry Superannuation Network (ISN), and the Paul Woolley Centre for the Study of Capital Market Dysfunctionality within the UTS Business School.

Susan’s research focuses on retirement savings and long-horizon wealth management, with particular interest in consumer decision making. Susan is a Chief Investigator on three current Australian Research Council projects studying member choices in superannuation. Her publications in leading international journals have included studies of financial market integration, retirement savings portfolio management, annuitisation, retirement income streams, and the features of the Age Pension. She is a member of the Quantitative Finance Research Centre at UTS, and an associate of the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis, ANU, and the National Centre for Econometric Research, QUT. Professor Thorp gained her BEc (Hons) from the University of Sydney, and her PhD from the University of New South Wales. She previously worked in the Economic Group at the Reserve Bank of Australia.


Thorsten Teichert

Chair of Marketing and Innovation, University of Hamburg
Chair of Superannuation, Finance Discipline Group, University of Technology Sydney

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Professor Thorsten Teichert is the Chair of Marketing and Innovation at the University of Hamburg. After completing his Masters in Industrial Engineering in Berlin, he went on to the University of New York to do an MBA.

He completed his PhD at the University of Kiel on the “Success Potential of International R&D Collaboration” and joined the Fuqua School of Business in Durham in the US as a Research Fellow. Thorsten obtained his habilitation at WHU-Otto Beisheim School of Management in Koblenz and then went on to become the Director and Chair of the Institute for Innovation Management at the University of Berne, Switzerland.

Thorsten has significant experience working with international industry organisations including Thyssen Krupp and INPRO GmbH. His consulting focus has included research in the area of technology and innovation management, particularly for patent analysis and issues of new product development, taking into account consumer decision making.

His research focus and priorities include market-driven new product development, particularly empirical research approaches and radical innovations, time and diffusion strategies, international R&D management, as well as consumer behaviour.


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