Researcher biography

Professor Daniel Zizzo is the Academic Dean and Head of School for the School of Economics, and commenced in the role in October 2018.

Prior to joining UQ, Professor Zizzo was the Dean of Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, and Professor of Economics in the Business School at Newcastle University, UK.

Previously, Professor Zizzo held senior and executive roles at the University of East Anglia, UK, including as Head of the School of Economics for six years, as well as research and teaching roles at the University of Oxford, UK.

Professor Zizzo’s research advocacy work includes being a Fellow of the Economic and Social Research Council Peer Review College, a coordinating editor of Theory and Decision, and Secretary of the Royal Economic Society’s Conference of Heads of University Departments of Economics. Closer to home, he is a Research Associate within the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis at the Australian National University and has been an Australian Research Council grants assessor.

Professor Zizzo is primarily an experimental and behavioural economist, and his research is motivated by the search for more realistic empirical and theoretical foundations of economic decision-making, using mainly experimental, but also analytical and computational methods as required. He considers himself a mainstream economist, but one interested in pushing forward the boundaries of mainstream economics, and one firmly committed to a wider perspective as an interdisciplinary social scientist.

Current research interests include authority and organisational behavior, antisocial preferences, voting preferences, behavioral and cognitive game theory, bounded rationality and nudging, social preferences, trust, and the methodology of experimental economics. These more broadly include macroeconomic and microeconomic applications of theoretical ideas, such as in the context of health behaviour and unlawful file-sharing. Professor Zizzo’s work has been widely cited and funded, and he ranks within the top 0.75% of authors for downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN).