Have extended my trip by a week – it’s really been exhausting.
Will see how negotiations go with UniSA when I return.
In other news, Professor Jordan Louviere has resigned directorship of the Institute for Choice effective immediately and is being replaced by Professor John Rose. We all wish John the best and know he will be a stunning director, along with Joffre and Maria.
Well most people are in post now, the website is live and we’re preparing the materials for our double launch (Sydney and Adelaide). We have begun identifying grant opportunities to go for – South Australia has some great state-based schemes. I have existing collaborations with people at Flinders and at University of Adelaide so those are good places to start expanding on…
We seem to be working in a slightly more corporate environment than we did at CenSoC – I guess North Sydney is rubbing off on us a bit. I decided on a change and am wearing a suit & tie most days. Here’s one from the day we needed pics done for the launch – as a result everyone was suited up that day, including the slobs 😉
Apparently I wasn’t supposed to smile
The Institute for Choice website is live.
The links to the individual staff profiles are not yet added and it’s a work in progress but we now have an online presence to direct people to!
I’m planning a longer post in the next few days concerning terminology and my own papers. I’m guessing it’s the time pressures of modern academia but people seem to be forgetting the first rule of referencing in your PhD – check the original source material says what you say it is saying. There is a tendency, for instance, for people to lazily just reference my 2007 JHE paper for a best-worst scaling reference – thanks, whilst it does boost the citations for that paper, many of the citations are incorrect and should be to other papers I wrote. So, my 2008 BMC MRM paper comparing analysis methods for the dermatology study actually is the correct reference for things like summary statistics for the sequential best-worst model. Also, there continues to be mis-naming of the three Cases of BWS despite the fact I got Jordan to choose his preferred terminology which Tony and I went with back in 2009/2010 for my 2010 review paper. That sort of thing. Anyway I’ll write that post when I get time.
BTW I’ve added an RSS widget so you can add me to your feedly/preferred aggregator.
The new Institute for Choice will launch in Sydney! As the press release says, we will bring together the highest concentration of academic expertise in choice behaviour research globally (including Jordan Louviere, Joffre Swait, John Rose and Tony Marley).
The official opening will take place in Sydney and Adelaide soon.
I’m going to be submitting proposals on various health themes including my core areas of:
- Valuing quality of life / wellbeing using Amartya Sen’s Capabilities Approach
- End-of-life care
- Public policy and how decisions can be modelled systematically to help society
More to follow soon.
Well my first two days at UNISA are complete. The new set-up is working well for people. A few minor IT bugs to work out of the system but UNISA are incredibly quick to address things, which is nice. We’ve begun the quest to find the best coffee shops and cafes!
EDIT – UniSA staff profile now populated – yay
Last day at UTS! Please note that from Monday I will be an employee of the University of South Australia (UNISA). My email is up and running (see posting elsewhere) and I have an office etc – working in North Sydney will be fantastic and I nosed around the office yesterday. It’s gorgeous – the operations team and some of the directors are already in place.
Also, if you use twitter you might like to follow the official ICECAP measure profile or @ICECAPm – it already has news of the next user group meeting at which I will be presenting.
For newbies, the ICECAP instruments use Sen’s Capabilities Approach as a framework for measuring and valuing well-being in a way that isn’t limited to “just” health. Thus, they are good alternatives to existing well-being instruments. The valuation is/has been done using the methods of another winner of the Nobel prize in Economics – Dan McFadden – discrete choice modelling. In particular the best-worst scaling variety in which I have led development in health and am a recognised global expert. BWS is now taking the world by storm and the book – to be published by CUP – will be finished in the next few weeks.