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Research interests

My research is positioned in the general areas of labour economics and behavioural economics. I am particularly interested in how optimism influences occupational choice, labour market performance and happiness. My most recent work advocates being realistic as a route to contentment. 

My research has been featured in media outlets across the globe including the Atlantic, Business Standard, Daily Beast, Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph Australia, Daily Star, El Confidential, Financial Express, Glamour US, Hindustan Times, Huffington Post, Independent, Mirror, New York Magazine, Sky News, Sun, Telegraph, Times and Sunday Times, Times of India.

Willing to supervise doctoral students

I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students who are interested in these broad research fields.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


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