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Dr Ian G J Dawson BSc, MSc, PhD, CPsychol

Associate Professor, Director of the Centre for Risk Research

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Dr Ian Dawson is an Associate Professor of Risk Management and the Director of the Centre for Risk Research at Southampton Business School.

Ian holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Lincoln and an MSc (Distinction) in Corporate Risk and Security Management from the University of Southampton. In 2011, he completed his PhD titled ‘Understanding and Improving People’s Judgments of Synergistic Risks’ under a scholarship at the University of Southampton. Ian also holds the Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP).

Ian has over 10 years of experience of working for large organisations in the UK and Canada, including Hampshire Constabulary, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and University of Surrey. Ian’s research has been published in leading journals such Risk Analysis, British Journal of Psychology, Journal of Risk Research, and Psychological Bulletin. He has also been a peer reviewer for several journals, including Health Psychology, Risk Analysis, European Management Review, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, and Environmental Management.

At Southampton Business School, Ian is currently the Director of the MSc Risk & Finance programme and the Module Leader for ‘Management of Corporate Security (postgraduate)’ and ‘Making Successful Decisions (undergraduate)’.

Ian is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a full member of the Society for Risk Analysis and the Society for Judgement & Decision Making.

Research interests

Ian’s research broadly examines the influential role played by risk perceptions and risk communications on decision making processes. He is particularly interested in how a person’s understanding of risk can affect their professional, environmental and health-related decisions and how complex risk-related information can be presented so that it is easily understood by all.

PhD Supervision

Ian is currently supervising PhD students who are examining topics such as how to improve the process of communicating financial risks to lay individuals and how to improve flood risk preparedness in less developed countries. Ian is keen to supervise additional PhD research projects that relate to any of the following areas:

  • Risk perception and risk communication
  • Judgment and decision making
  • Motivating engagement in pro-social or environmentally sustainable behaviours
  • Understanding and responding to global population growth

If you have obtained an MSc degree with distinction or have a first class honours degree in a relevant subject (and you meet the language requirements of ILETS of 7.0 or equivalent), please email Ian your PhD research proposal and CV. You can also apply for our PhD programme online using our PhD Programme webpage, where you can also find out about our scholarships for full-time PhD entry.

Dr Ian G J Dawson
Southampton Business School, University of Southampton, Highfield, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

Room Number : 175/5-051

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