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Staff Profile

Professor Daniel Zizzo

Dean of Research & Innovation


Daniel Zizzo is Dean of Research and Innovation in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Newcastle University. He is also a Professor of Economics at Newcastle University Business School.

In his Dean role, Daniel has primary responsibility for the research, innovation and engagement strategy of the Faculty as well as for the allocation of associated resources, and has also a role in the broader co-determination of Faculty policies. He is Director of the Newcastle ESRC Impact Accelerator Account and the university representative on the N8 Social Sciences Committee. Apart from chairing or being a member of a range of Faculty committees, he is a member of a range of committees that shape the research, innovation and engagement strategy at the university level, including among others the University Research Committee, the University Engagement Committee and the University HEIF Management Group. He chairs the the University Developing Excellent Researchers Committee and he is the University lead on the Global Challenges Research Fund.

Daniel is Secretary of the Conference of Heads of University Departments of Economics (CHUDE), a committee of the Royal Economic Society.  Daniel is a Research Associate in the Centre for Applied Macroeconomic Analysis (CAMA) at Australian National University and a member of the UEA Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) and of the RCUK Centre for Copyright and New Business Models in the Creative Economy (CREATe).  Daniel is also a Coordinating Editor of Theory and Decision and, among his other roles, he is both a Fellow of the ESRC Peer Review College and a member of the ESRC’s Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) Peer Review College. He is also an Associate Member of the EPSRC Peer Review College and an ARC Assessor. He is Co-Director of the Behavioural and Experimental Northeast Cluster (BENC), a joint initiative between Durham and Newcastle University.

Daniel was also Acting Director of Newcastle University Business School for most of the 2016/17 academic year. In that role, he had primary leadership and executive responsibility for strategy and operations of the School. He was previously Head of the School of Economics and Associate Dean (Research) in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of East Anglia. Under his leadership, the School over doubled in size and broke into the top 10 in the Guardian league table, as well as a top 20 rank in both the Times Leagues Table and the Comprehensive University Guide; while the Faculty achieved substantial improvements in research quality in the REF 2014 across the board, with broad comparative ranking improvements in Social Work and Social Policy, Business and Management, International Development, Psychology, Business and Management, Economics and Law. As a member of the UEA University Research Executive, Daniel also contributed to the development and implementation of university research strategy, for REF 2014 and beyond.


Qualifications & Education:

  • M.A. by resolution, Christ Church College, University of Oxford (March 2003)
  • D.Phil. Economics, Hertford College, University of Oxford (November 2000). Thesis on "Relativity-sensitive behaviour in economics".
  • M.Phil. Economics, Hertford College, University of Oxford (July 1997). Thesis on "Relativity-sensitive behaviour in economics: an overview with new experimental evidence".
  • Visiting student (University of California at San Diego, Spring Term 1995) in Calculus and in Statistics for the Social Studies
  • Laurea in Law with distinction, University of Palermo, Italy (December 1994).  First degree thesis in Monetary Economics
  • Summer course in English as a Second Language at Cornell University, U.S.A. (1989)


See Daniel's personal website and Google Scholar personal profile



Daniel is primarily an experimental and behavioral economist. Much (though not all) of his research is motivated by the search for more realistic empirical and theoretical foundations of economic decision-making, using mainly experimental, but also analytical and computational, methods as required.


Current research interests include authority and organizational behavior, antisocial preferences, voting preferences, behavioral and cognitive game theory, bounded rationality and nudging, social preferences, trust, and the methodology of experimental economics. They more generally include macroeconomic and microeconomic applications of theoretical ideas, such as in the context of health behavior and unlawful file-sharing. Daniel considers himself a mainstream economist, but one interested in pushing forward the boundaries of mainstream economics, and one firmly committed to a wider perspective as an interdisciplinary social scientist.




Research Grants


  • £ 111,412.19 (own share) for EPSRC Digital Economy Research Centre (DERC) (November 2015 - October 2020).
  • £ 72,637.20 (own share) for an ESRC Knowledge Exchange project on “Assessing the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court” (March 2015 – June 2016).
  • £ 44,390.40 (own share) for a project on “A Field Experiment on the Determinants of Unlawful File Sharing” from CREATe/RCUK (January 2015 – September 2016).
  • £794,543 (with E Fatas, S Hargreaves Heap, A Poulsen, R Sugden, T Turocy) as University of East Anglia share of an ESRC grant on “Network for Integrated Behavioural Science” (December 2012 – December 2016).
  • £120,994 (with Piers Fleming) as project share of a Research Councils UK (RCUK) grant on “Centre for Creativity, Regulation, Enterprise & Technology” (CREATe; October 2012 – September 2016; AHRC primary funder).
  • £5,542 (with Fuyu Yang) for a project on “Complexity, Inattention and Inferential Expectations: Why are agents belief conservative” from Australian National University (August 2012 – January 2014).
  • £593,400 (with Marc Suhrcke) as University of East Anglia share of a policy research unit on “Behaviour and Health” (January 2011 – December 2015), from the Department of Health.
  • £7,371 (with Shaun Hargreaves Heap) for a project on “Emotions and Communication in a Financial Markets Experiment" (September 2009-February 2011), from the Nuffield Foundation.
  • £68,511 (with Bereket Kebede) for a project on “Money burning, envy and development: An experimental case study in Ethiopia” (August 2008-June 2010), from the ESRC.
  • £7,218 (with Piers Fleming) for a project on “Do Individual Differences in Social Desirability Bias Imply Sensitivity to Social Pressure and Risk?” (August 2008-July 2009), from the Nuffield Foundation. 
  • £29,377 (with Gordon D. Menzies) for a project on “Statistical Inference on Equilibrium Exchange Rates: An Experimental Study” (April 2007-November 2008), from the British Academy.
  • £9,321 (with Gordon D. Menzies) for a project on “Inferential Expectations. Threshold beliefs modeled as Statistical Inference” (July 2005 – December 2010), from University Technology Sydney.
  • £7,327 (with Shaun Hargreaves Heap) for a project on “Measuring the Contribution of Social Group Membership to Well-Being” (February 2006 – July 2007), from the Nuffield Foundation.
  • £7,164 (with Gordon D. Menzies) for a project on “Inferential Expectations, Exchange Rates and Interest Rates: An Experimental Study” (February 2006 – July 2007), from the Nuffield Foundation.
  • £3,000 (with Gordon D. Menzies) for a project on “Belief Changes in Financial Markets Modelled as Statistical Inference” (January 2006 – December 2008), from the Bank of England.
  • 3,000 euros for a project on “Trust on the Internet” funded by the OECD, in collaboration with the Oxford Internet Institute (December 2002- April 2003).
  • £5,065 for a project on “Similarity and Bargaining” (March 2002 – February 2003) from the ESRC.
  • £4,950 for a project on “Similarity and Bargaining” (awarded, December 2001) from the British Academy.



Daniel currently co-teaches a lecture on open access in a training module for postgraduate research students. He also co-supervises 2 PhD students, one at Newcastle University and one at the University of East Anglia.