Note: Coordinator roles prior to 2009 and tutor roles prior to 2006 are not included.
My current research centres on the following two topics (gossip and role models), and I would be willing to supervise a student in either of these areas.
Gossip: Is gossip a (pleasurable) waste of time, or does it play a valuable role in group cohesion and cooperation? I am currently using a number of methodologies (scenario questionnaires, behavioural experiments, experimental games) to investigate these ideas.
Role Models: There is a common belief that role models are a key to occupational success and that a lack of role models may account for underachievement in underrepresented groups. However, while Governments and other organisations spend millions rolling out various role model interventions, there is almost no evidence that they have any lasting positive impact. I am currently exploring the nature and effect of role models in people's occupational lives to develop a better sense of when (and why) role model interventions make a difference.
Note to interested 2016 students: I am in Europe until mid-February, and will not be able to attend the supervisor meet and greet. If you would like to find out more about me and my approach to supervision, please email me.
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