I use applied behaviour science and social science methods to understand and address complex challenges, including climate change, pandemics, and advanced artificial intelligence.
I am especially interested in how to improve decision-making and behaviour about the development, deployment and use of artificial intelligence to address catastrophic risks and safely transition to futures where advanced AI is widely used.
PhD in Social Psychology
The University of Queensland
Working with Good Ancestors Policy, I supported three streams of work to respond to a consultation by the Australian government about safe and responsible AI. This work included:
Read more on the Good Ancestors Policy website
I co-founded Ready Research in 2019. In this collaboration with Peter Slattery, Michael Noetel, and Emily Grundy, we do work aligned with the principles of effective altruism. We do research, training, and communication services to help address the world’s most pressing problems.
Read more at readyresearch.org
The SCRUB COVID-19 survey aimed to provide current and future policy makers with actionable insights into public attitudes and behaviours relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I led this project, which was incubated at Ready Research, funded initially by Monash University, and then funded and conducted collaboratively with the Victorian Government.
Over 2020-2021 we conducted 21 waves of the survey, about 1 every 3 weeks, and collected rich behavioural and attitudinal data from more than 40,000 people.
Read more about the project on the BehaviourWorks Australia website
The BehaviourWorks Australia Climate Adaptation Mission explored how systems thinking, knowledge co-production, and behavioural public policy experiments could help Australian communities reduce harms from climate change. I co-led this project with collaborators Stefan Kaufman and Kien Nguyen.
Read more about this project on the BehaviourWorks Australia website
When we know that a behaviour change intervention has worked in a pilot or trial, how can we scale it up to achieve greater impact and reach?
I led this work at BehaviourWorks Australia in collaboration with the Victorian government Behavioural Insights Unit to develop an evidence-informed toolkit to help behavioural insights researchers and practitioners improve the scale up of their behaviour change interventions.
Read more on the BehaviourWorks Australia website
With Michael Noetel and other collaborators at The University of Queensland, I’m conducting a Survey Assessing Risks from AI (SARA) in Australia.
There is a gap in good quality data on public perspectives on AI risks and governance, especially in Australia. This information is crucial for making informed policy and governance decisions for current and future, more capable and more general AI systems.
We’ll conduct an online survey of 1,000 Australian adults.