World-leading academics join Business and Economics

May 14 / 135

Professor David Ribar (left), Professor Julie Ozanne (centre) and Professor Peter Bossaerts (right) will bring their expertise to bear at the Faculty of Business and Economics.
Professor David Ribar (left), Professor Julie Ozanne (centre) and Professor Peter Bossaerts (right) will bring their expertise to bear at the Faculty of Business and Economics.

The research and teaching capacity of the Faculty of Business and Economics will benefit from the expertise of three new academics in the areas of experimental finance, poverty and consumer empowerment.

The new staff are Professor Peter Bossaerts, from the California Institute of Technology, Professor David Riba from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Professor Julie Ozanne, from Virginia Tech.

Faculty Dean Professor Paul Kofman said the appointments indicated the University’s commitment to world-class research into the challenges facing society.

"We're truly honoured and excited these pioneering academics, who are at the cutting edge of their respective disciplines, will be joining us," he said.

Professor Bossaerts has been appointed Professor of Experimental Finance and Decision Neuroscience.

His research and publications have focused on financial risk and financial risk taking, and he is one of the world’s leaders in experimental decision-making research in finance and economics.

Professor Bossaerts is one of the founders of the discipline of neuroeconomics, an interdisciplinary field which examines human decision making and the consideration of alternatives using research methods from experimental and behavioural economics, neuroscience and psychology.

He is also a Fellow of the Econometric Society and of the Society for the Advancement of Economic Theory.

In 2013, he was a visiting professor at the Institute where he presented a paper on the financial hardship faced by young home leavers in Australia.

Professor David Ribar will become a Professorial Fellow in Poverty Economics at the Faculty's Melbourne Institute.

Professor Ribar is a world authority in the economics of poverty, social assistance, household economics and food security.

He received the 2002 Kuznets Prize from the Journal of Population Economics for his article on the socioeconomic consequences of childbearing for young women.

Professor Julie Ozanne has been appointed Professor of Marketing, with her work to address the well-being of poorly literate and low-income consumers.

She is currently the Sonny Merryman Professor of Business at Virginia Tech in the United States.

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