Seminar - Associate Professor Len Coote

31 Aug 2017

Organised by the Institute for Social Science Research, please join us for this seminar by Associate Professor Len Coote.

How are household heating choices made in multifamily dwellings? Household heating is a major energy cost in temperate regions, including the islands of the South Pacific where decision makers largely occupy multifamily dwellings.This implies many household decisions are made subject to the preferences of the members of two or more cohabitating families. 

The aim of this study is to investigate the stability of the preferences of individual decision makers in this context (stated differently, to assess the robustness of their preferences to sources of group influence).The methods and models employed in this research shed light on decision making in dynamic and group settings. In particular, the model forms provide insight into the aggregate preferences of the family members studied and into unobserved sources of preference heterogeneity (suggesting a “dimensional theory” of individual differences). Key findings include identifying those aspects of household heating choices most robust to group influence. 

Presenter’s Biography

Len Coote is the Acting Academic Dean and Head of the UQ Business School, and Vice-Chair of the Australian Consortiumfor Social and Political Research (ACSPRI). His primary academic contributions are to the field of decision sciences (probability, statistics, uncertainty), where he actively fosters cross-disciplinary collaboration in choice modelling. Len’s research has supported his teaching activities through the ACSPRI social science methods teaching programs; and more recently in business analytics.

Event Details

Thursday 31 August 2017, 2.15-3.15pm

Room 201A, Level 2, Cycad Building (1018)

University of Queensland Long Pocket Precinct, 80 Meiers Road, Indooroopilly
(From UQ St Lucia take the 2pm shuttle bus at Chancellors Place)

ISSR Social Gathering, 3.15pm

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