Michelle Baddeley

Director, Research Professor Institute for Choice, University of South Australia

Michelle Baddeley is a leading expert in behavioural economics and finance, specialising in social decision-making, behavioural macroeconomics, labour economics, and energy & the environment. She has a Bachelor of Economics (1st Class) from the University of Queensland, and an MPhil/PhD (Economics) from the University of Cambridge. Alongside her University of South Australia roles, she is Honorary Professor with the Institute for Global Prosperity - University College London; President-Elect of the Society for the Advancement of Behavioral Economics; Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Behavioral Economics for Policy; Associate Fellow - Cambridge Centre for Science & Policy, and Associate Researcher - Energy Policy Research Group, University of Cambridge.  From 1995-2013, she was Director of Studies (Economics) at Gonville & Caius College/Faculty of Economics, University of Cambridge - lecturing/supervising macroeconomics, applied econometrics, behavioural economics and other economics subjects for Cambridge's Economics Tripos and graduate economics & finance programmes. After moving to University College London's Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment in 2013, she specialised in teaching macroeconomics, behavioural economics, infrastructure investment & finance, and construction economics.
Her research is international and transdisciplinary and she collaborates with researchers from a wide range of disciplines - including computer science, neuroscience, psychology, sociology, anthropology, management, medical science, environmental science and social policy. She has had significant successes in attracting research grant funding, including from the UK Research Councils, the Leverhulme Trust and the Australian Research Council. She is a research co-investigator on the 2017-22 UK Economic and Social Research Council Global Challenges Research Fund project RELIEF (Research, Education, Learning, Information Technology and Entrepreneurship for the Future) - a £4.1 million collaboration between UCL and Lebanese universities/research institutes. For RELIEF, she applies insights from behavioural economics, macroeconomics and labour economics to illuminate barriers to employment and wellbeing for refugees and other vulnerable groups in developing economies. She is also a Chief Investigator on the 2019 ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grant "An Australian rental housing conditions data infrastructure".
Alongside many books and edited volumes, she has published in a wide range of international journals, and serves on a number of editorial boards. In addition to research grant reviews for research councils in Australia, the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and the USA, she has also served at a senior level on a number of research assessment committees - including the ARC's Engagement and Impact assessment panel (Social Sciences), the UK's Economic and Social Research Council's Centres and Large Grants Scheme and the German Research Foundation's Research Excellence Strategy. She is keenly interested in applying economic insights to practical policy problems and has many long-standing collaborative relationships with industry partners and public policy-makers in the UK, Australia and beyond.


  • –present
    Research Professor at the Institute for Choice, University of South Australia