Senior Lecturer Behavioural Economics , Newcastle Business School, University of Newcastle

David A. Savage is a behavioral economics researcher, with a primary research interest in the behavioral analysis of disasters and extreme environments, which includes man-made and natural disasters (from floods to terrorism) and high stress work or play environments (from elite athletes to police officers). While this interest stems from a behavioral economics view- point, it only extends into the broader social sciences as evident in his publications across economics, social science and the hard sciences. David has sought to marry the behavioral work of the social sciences to the empirical rigor of economics. This has resulted in multi- disciplinary work with a clearer understanding of theory and stronger empirical basis for the study of the decisions making under extreme environments and pressure. Generating new and important insights into the disaster and behavioral literatures, covering the empirical analysis of decision making, emotions, health and stress in these non normal environments.


  • 2016–present
    Lecturer, University of Newcastle
  • 2014–2015
    Teaching Fellow, Bond University
  • 2008–2013
    Academic, QUT


  • 2013 
    QUT, PhD (Economics)
  • 2010 
    QUT, MA by Research (Economics)
  • 2007 
    QUT, BA Business
  • 2003 
    QUT, BA IT


  • 2015
    THE TIMES THEY ARE A CHANGIN’: The effect of institutional change on cooperative behaviour at 26,000ft over Sixty years., Palgrave MacMillian
  • 2014
    Variation in risk seeking behaviour following large losses: A natural experiment., European Economic Review
  • 2014
    Retaining the Thin Blue Line: What shapes a workers willingness not to quit the current work environment?, International Journal of Social Economics
  • 2013
    The emergence of pro-social and religious preferences during the September 11 disaster, Motivation and Emotion
  • 2012
    Nerves of Steel? Stress, Work Performance and Elite Athletes, Applied Economics
  • 2011
    Gender Variations of Physiological and Psychological Stress in Police Officers., Gender Issues
  • 2011
    The Red Mist? Red Shirts, Success and Team Sports, Sport in Society
  • 2011
    Who perished on the Titanic? The importance of social norms., Rationality and Society
  • 2011
    The Relationship among Stress, Strain and Social Capital., Policing: an International Journal of Police Strategies & Management
  • 2011
    Behaviour under Extreme Conditions: The Titanic Disaster., Journal of Economic Perspectives
  • 2010
    The Role of Social Capital in Reducing Negative Health Outcomes among Police Officers. , International Journal of Social Inquiry
  • 2010
    Noblesse Oblige?Determinants of Survival in a Life and Death Situation, Journal of Economic Behaviour and Organization
  • 2010
    Fairness and Allocations Systems, Economic Analysis and Policy
  • 2010
    Interaction of natural survival instincts and internalized social norms exploring the Titanic and Lusitania disasters, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences