Expertise: Behavioural Economics, Decision Analysis, Risk Management
Laurel Austin is an Adjunct Research Professor in Management Science. As a behavioural decision theorist, Laurel applies decision science and behavioural science methods to understand how people perceive risk and how information framing predictably impacts choices. She builds on these insights to develop interventions and risk communications that improve informed decision making and risk management practices. She is currently examining how digital screening tools introduced throughout Canada as a response to the pandemic impact medical decision making. She has also researched risk perceptions and behaviour in high-risk occupations, retailer decision making, consumer insurance decisions, and computer-supported collaborative decision making.
Prior to joining Ivey, Laurel was an Associate Professor of Strategic Decision Making and Risk Management at the Copenhagen Business School in Denmark. She earned her PhD in Management and Decision Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University, and an MSE in Industrial and Operations Engineering at University of Michigan.