Dan Weijers


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Dan Weijers

(formerly Dan Turton)

Curriculum Vitae as at 30 May 2017

Contacts

Work Phone:   +64 (7) 838-4466 extn. 8570
Email:   danweijers[at]gmail[dot]com
Website:   www.danweijers.com


Research Areas


Areas of Specialty:
  • Normative ethics (especially hedonism and wellbeing)
  • Applied ethics (especially the ethics of new and emerging technologies and prediction markets)
  • Interdisciplinary happiness/wellbeing research (especially wellbeing and public policy, philosophy of happiness science, and conceptions of happiness)
  • Experimental philosophy (especially experimental ethics)
Areas of Competence:
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Political Philosophy
  • Moral psychology
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Public Policy
  • Climate justice
  • Business ethics
  • Marketing
  • Positive psychology

Education


Victoria University of Wellington: March 1999-November 2002; March 2005-March 2012
  • PhD in Philosophy in 2012 (awarded with no changes required)
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy in 2008 (distinction)
  • Bachelor of Arts with (first class) Honours in Philosophy in 2006
  • Graduate Diploma in Philosophy in 2005 (A+ average)
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Administration with Honours in Marketing in 2002

Full-Time Academic Jobs


  • Lecturer (equivalent of Assistant Professor with tenure) in the Philosophy Department, University of Waikato (June 2016-)
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, California State University, Sacramento (August 2014-May 2016)
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Victoria University of Wellington (July 2012-July 2014)

Publications


Journal Articles:
  1. Weijers, Dan & Keyser, Vadim (2016). The Varieties and Dynamics of Moral Repugnance: Prediction Markets and Betting on Matters of Life and Death, The Humanities and Technology Review, 35: 91-129. The free official version.
  2. Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan (2016). Religiosity Moderates the Relationship between Income Inequality and Life Satisfaction across the Globe, Social Indicators Research, 128(2): 731-750. Last author version. The official version
  3. Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan (2016). Religiosity Reduces the Negative Influence of Injustice on Subjective Well-being: A Study in 121 Nations, Applied Research in Quality of Life, 11(2): 601-612. Last author version. The official version
  4. Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan, Jiang, Ding-Yu, et al. (2015). Fragility of Happiness Beliefs Across 15 National Groups. Journal of Happiness Studies, 16(5): 1185-1210. The official version
  5. Weijers, Dan and Richardson, Jennifer (2014). Is the Repugnance about Betting on Terrorist Attacks Misguided? Ethics and Information Technology. Last author version. The official version
  6. Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan (2014). Does Thinking about the Meaning of Life Make you Satisfied with Life in a Religious and Globalised World? A 75-Nation Study, Journal of Psychology in Africa (special section on 'Meaning and Relational Well-being'), 24(1): 115-128. Last author version. The official version
    • Temporarily (2015) republished in an open access collection of the top 3 most downloaded articles published in each Routledge Behavioral Sciences journal in 2014.
  7. Weijers, Dan and Richardson, Jennifer (2014). A Moral Analysis of Effective Prediction Markets on Terrorism. International Journal of Technoethics, special issue: "Military Technoethics Beyond", 5(1): 28-43. Last author version. Official Version
    • Republished as Weijers, Dan & Richardson, Jennifer (2014). A Moral Analysis of Effective Prediction Markets on Terrorism. In Human Rights and Ethics: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (4 volumes). Editor-in-Chief: Mehdi Khosrow-Pour. Information Resources Management Association (USA), Vol. 4, pp. 1720-1736. Official version.
  8. Joshanloo, Mohsen & Weijers, Dan (2014). Aversion to happiness across cultures: A review of where and why people are averse to happiness, Journal of Happiness Studies, 15(3): 717-735. Last author version.The official version
  9. Weijers, Dan (2014). Optimistic Naturalism: Scientific Advancement and the Meaning of Life, Sophia, 53: 1-18. Last author version. The official version
  10. Weijers, Dan (2014). Nozick's Experience Machine is Dead, Long Live the Experience Machine!, Philosophical Psychology, 27(4): 513-535. Last author version. The official version
  11. Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron (2013). The Science of Happiness for Policymakers: An Overview, Journal of Social Research and Policy, 4(2). The free official version
    • Republished (In Spanish) as Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron (2016). The Science of Happiness for Policymakers: An Overview, in David Gómez-Álvarez and Víctor Ortiz Ortega (eds.), Policies and Subjective Wellbeing: Happiness in the Public Agenda. Banco de Desarrollo de America Latina and Ariel. Introduction and front stuff.
  12. Weijers, Dan & Schouten, Vanessa (2013). An assessment of recent responses to the experience machine objection to hedonism, Journal of Value Inquiry, 47(4), 461-482. Last author version. The official version
  13. Weijers, Dan (2013). Intuitive Biases in Judgements about Thought Experiments: The Experience Machine Revisited, Philosophical Writings, 41(1): 17-31. The free official version
  14. Weijers, Dan (2012). We Can Test the Experience Machine, Ethical Perspectives, 19(2), pp. 261-268. Last author version
  15. Turton, Dan (2009). The Real Dirt on Happiness Studies: A Reply to 'The Unhappy thing about Happiness Economics', Real-world Economics Review, 49: 83-89. The free official version
Book Chapters:
  1.  Weijers, Dan (forthcoming-2017). Prediction Markets, in Robert W. Kolb (ed.), The SAGE Encyclopedia of Business Ethics and Society: 2nd edition. Sage. Last author version.
  2. Weijers, Dan & DiSilvestro, Russell (2017). The morality of experience machines for palliative and end of life care, in Mark Silcox (ed.), Experience Machines: The Philosophy of Virtual Worlds. Rowman & Littlefield, pp. 183-201. Last author version. Publisher's site.
  3. Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron (2017). Wellbeing Policy, in Mike Slade, Lindsay Oades & Aaron Jarden (eds.), Wellbeing, Recovery and Mental Health. Cambridge University Press, pp. 24-34. (This chapter reproduces some of the material from Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron. The Science of Happiness for Policymakers: An Overview). Last author version. Publisher's site.
  4. Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron (2017). The International Journal of Wellbeing: An Open Access Success Story, in Rajiv Jhangiani & Robert Biswas-Diener (eds.), Open: The Philosophy and Practices that are Revolutionizing Education and Science. Ubiquity Press, pp. 181-194. Last author version. Free official version of whole book.
  5. Michalos, Alex & Weijers, Dan (2017). Western Historical Traditions of Well-Being, in Richard Estes and Joseph Sirgy (eds.), The Pursuit of Well-Being: The Untold Global History, Springer, pp. 31-57. Last author version. Publisher's site
  6. Weijers, Dan (2016). Prediction Markets as an Alternative to One More Spy, in Jai Galliott & Warren Reed (eds.), Ethics and the Future of Spying: Technology, Intelligence Collection and National Security, Routledge, pp. 80-92. Last author version. Publisher's site.
  7. Weijers, Dan (2011). The Experience Machine Objection to Hedonism, in Just the Arguments, Edited by Michael Bruce & Steven Barbone, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 229-231. Link
  8. Weijers, Dan (2011). Reality Doesn't Really Matter, in Inception and Philosophy, Edited by D. Kyle Johnson, Wiley-Blackwell, pp. 92-107. Link
  9. Weijers, Dan, Eng, David & Das, Ramon (2010). Sharing the Responsibility of Dealing with Climate Change: Interpreting the Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities, in Public Policy: Why Ethics Matters, Edited by Jonathan Boston, Andrew Bradstock & David Eng, ANU E Press, pp. 141-158. Link
Other Peer-Reviewed Academic Publications:
  1. Weijers, Dan (2013). Prediction Markets, Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT. (This article won a £500 prize from the Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT). Link
  2. van der Meer, Larah & Weijers, Dan (2013). Educational psychology research on children with developmental disabilities using expensive ICT devices, Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT. (This article won a £500 prize from the Observatory for Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT). Link
  3. Weijers, Dan (2011). Hedonism, Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Available from: http://www.iep.utm.edu/hedonism/
Policy White Papers:
  1. Weijers, Dan & Mukherjee, Udayan (2016). Living Standards, Wellbeing, and Public Policy, The New Zealand Treasury. Available from: http://www.treasury.govt.nz/government/longterm/fiscalposition/2016/ltfs-16-bg-lswpp.pdf
  2. Weijers, Dan (2012). National Accounts that Make Governments More Efficient by Making Them More Accountable. Available from the official Bhutanese government's website for the UN meeting on 'Happiness and Wellbeing: Defining a New Economic Paradigm'. Link
Short Articles and Blog Posts:
  1. Weijers, Dan (2016). Privileging our future hedonic states, The Dance of Reason, 26 September. Link
  2. Weijers, Dan (2015). When the science of happiness meets public policy, can freedom increase?, The Dance of Reason, 28 September. Link
  3. Weijers, Dan (2015). Will we be faithful to our philosophical methodology or our moral values? The experience machine thought experiment in an increasingly virtual world, The Dance of Reason, 2 August. Link
  4. Weijers, Dan (2015). To Push or Not to Push? Should that be the Question?, The Dance of Reason, 15 February. Link
  5. Weijers, Dan (2015). Happy Valentine's Day Baby!, The Dance of Reason, 14 February. Link
  6. Weijers, Dan (2014). The Happiness of Philosophers, The Dance of Reason, 19 October. Link
  7. Weijers, Dan (2014). Does Philosophy Make Us Happy? The Dance of Reason, 12 October. Link
  8. Weijers, Dan (2014). Science, technology, and the meaning of life, The Dance of Reason, 26 February. Link
  9. Weijers, Dan (2011). National Accounts of Well-Being: What Should We Put in the Census?, Social Europe Journal, 15 February 2011. Link
  10. Weijers, Dan & Jarden, Aaron (2011). Wipe that Smile Off Your Face, The Philosopher's Magazine, 52: 53-58. Link
  11. Weijers, Dan, Jarden, Aaron, & Powdthavee, Nattavudh (2011). Promoting Research on Wellbeing, International Journal of Wellbeing, 1(1): 1-3. Link
  12. Weijers, Dan (2010). A Warning to Policy-Makers: What Exactly is Well-Being Anyway?, Social Europe Journal, 10 September 2010. Link

Reviews:

  1. Weijers, D., Jarden, A., Angner, E., Burns, G., Chadwick, E., Jose, P., Joshanloo, M., Tarragona, M., & Thin, N. (2013). A Review of The Oxford Handbook of Happiness, International Journal of Wellbeing, 3(2), 213-228. Link
  2. Morrison, Philip & Weijers, Dan (2012). Wellbeing and Public Policy Conference: A Report on the June 2012 Conference in Wellington, New Zealand. Available from the Wellbeing and Public Policy website. Link
  3. Morrison, Philip & Weijers, Dan (2012). Wellbeing in Wellington: A report on the June 2012 Wellbeing and Public Policy Conference, Policy Quarterly, 8(4), 51-55.
  4. Weijers, Dan (2010). Bok, Derek, The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being, New Zealand Association of Positive Psychology Newsletter. Link
  5. Weijers, Dan (2010). Bok, Derek, The Politics of Happiness: What Government Can Learn from the New Research on Well-Being, Metapsychology Online. Link
  6. Turton, Dan (2010). Hanson, Rick, Buddha's Brain: The Practical neuroscience of Happiness, Love & Wisdom, Metapsychology Online. Link
  7. Turton, Dan (2009). Kraut, Richard. What is Good and Why: The Ethics of Well-Being, Metapsychology Online. Link
  8. Turton, Dan (2009). Kringelbach, Morten, The Pleasure Center: Trust Your Animal Instincts, Metapsychology Online. Link
  9. Turton, Dan (2008). Frey, Bruno, Happiness: A Revolution in Economics, Metapsychology Online. Link
  10. Turton, Dan (2007). Feldman, Fred, Pleasure and the Good Life: Concerning the Nature, Varieties and Plausibility of Hedonism, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 85(2): 338-340. Link

Seminars, Conference Presentations, & Other Talks

Seminar & Conference Presentations:
  1. Does increasing national happiness require decreasing freedom or determining social values?, Quality of life research: An interdisciplinary discussion, Auckland University of Technology, 26 May 2017. Programme. PPT.
  2. Watch the James Dean and Duration Neglect hypotheses crash and burn: Lessons for experimenters, Empirical Philosophy Workshop, Victoria University of Wellington, 12 May 2017. PPT.
  3. What is good for you? The philosophy of well-being, Faculty panel event with guest Dan Weijers, California State University Sacramento, 12 April 2017.
  4. I'm glad it's over, but should I be? A puzzle about privileging future hedonic states (later changed to A better life or a better future? Calling out our bias against the past), New Zealand Association of Philosophy Conference, University of Waikato, 2 December 2016. Programme. Slides.
  5. Privileging our future hedonic states, the 1st annual Australasian Experimental Philosophy workshop (AXΦI), Victoria University of Wellington, 9 September 2016. Flyer. PPT.
  6. A solution to a puzzle about the badness of death: Satisfying the strict existence requirement, University of Waikato Philosophy Seminar Series, 1 September 2016. Flyer. PPT.
  7. Happiness: It’s not for everyone, Fall 2014 – Spring 2015 Center for Practical and Professional Ethics Speaker Series, California State University, Sacramento, One World 2015 Faculty Panel, 12 May 2015. Video.
  8. What I think when I think about happiness, California State University, Sacramento, One World 2015 Faculty Panel, 21 April 2015. Flyer. Click here for ppt.
  9. Are philosophers happy, and does philosophy make them happy?, University of California, Merced, Mind, Technology, and Society Talk Series, 9 March 2015. Video. Abstract.
  10. The Future of Happiness: Or what is good for beings that can change themselves? Hamilton College, New york, 2nd International Conference on Wellbeing and Public Policy, 11 June 2014. Click here for the ppt.
  11. What is good for us and how can we know?, California State University, Sacramento, Philosophy Department Public Seminar, 28 February 2014. (This seminar is somewhat different to the seminar below). Click here for the ppt.
  12. What is good for us and how can we know?, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Programme Seminar Series, 24 February 2014. Click here for the ppt.
  13. Prediction Markets and Betting on Matters of Life and Death: When Repugnance is Misguided, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Programme Seminar Series, 18 July 2013. Click here for ppt.
  14. Making a Killing: The Ethics of Predicting Terrorism with Markets, Victoria University of Wellington, Australasian Association of Philosophy (New Zealand Division) Annual Conference, December 2012. Click here for ppt.
  15. Happiness & Wellbeing, Job Talk, Massey University, Albany Campus, 6 June 2012. Click here for ppt.
  16. Would You Plug into the Experience Machine?, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Programme Seminar Series, 24 May 2012. Click here for ppt.
  17. The Experience Machine is Dead, Long Live the Experience Machine!, University of Otago, Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, July 2011. Click here for ppt.
  18. Optimistic Naturalism: Scientific Advancement and the Meaning of Life, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Programme Seminar Series, 22 July 2010. Click here for the ppt.
  19. (With Dr David Eng) Sharing the Responsibility of Dealing with Climate Change: Interpreting the Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities at the Copenhagen 2009: issues, Options, Outlooks and Outcomes seminar series in Wellington, 16 December 2009. Click here for the ppt. Note that this presentation is slightly different from the one below.
  20. (With Dr David Eng) Sharing the responsibility of dealing with climate change: Interpreting the principle of common but differentiated responsibilities. The Ethical Foundations of Public Policy (Protecting the Global Commons stream), Victoria University of Wellington, 10 December 2009. Click here for the ppt.
  21. Defining Pleasure for Hedonism: Lessons from Science, University of Melbourne, Australasian Association of Philosophy Annual Conference, July 2009. Click here for ppt.
  22. The Experience Machine Revisited, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Programme Seminar Series, 10 July 2008. Click here for ppt.
  23. Hedonism, False Pleasures and the Role of Intuitions in Assessing Theories of Well-Being, University of Auckland, Australasian Association of Philosophy (New Zealand Division) Annual Conference, 3 December 2007. Click here for ppt.
Panels and Commentaries:
  1. Official Commentator on Sherif Girgis's: What is marriage? Man and woman: A defense, California State University, Sacramento, Symposium on Marriage in a Liberal Democracy, 25 April 2016.
  2. Official Commentator on Ryan Howell's: Happiness for sale: How money buys happiness (and why people don't buy it), California State University, Sacramento, Nammour Symposium, 9 April 2015. Flyer. Video.
  3. Designated commentator on Garrett Cullity's paper (Acts, Omissions, Emissions) at the Ethics of Climate Change workshop at Victoria University of Wellington, 3 October 2011. Click here for my comments.
Presentations to Professional Groups:
  1. Living Standards, Well-being, and Public Policy to the New Zealand Treasury, 14 October 2016. Click here for ppt.
  2. Wellbeing and Measures of Subjective Wellbeing, presentation to the wellbeing group at Statistics New Zealand, December 2011. Click here for the ppt.
Public Talks:
  1. Can We Trust Our Moral Common Sense? 1-hour talk to High School students at Rio Americano, 4 December 2015.
  2. Can We Trust Our Moral Common Sense? 1-hour talk to High School students at Rio Americano, 3 October 2014.
  3. I participated in a roundtable discussion of the interactive art project, Mood Bank, 20 March 2014. Link
  4. Introduction to Philosophy, 2 short lectures to prospective students during 'Study @ Vic Day', August 2012.
  5. Happiness: Its Meaning Measurement and Importance, 3 2-hour lectures, one on each of the following three topics: what 'happiness' means, how happiness is measured, and what role should happiness play in informing public policy. I created this course and it ran as part of Victoria University of Wellington's Continuing Education Programme, July 2012. 
  6. Introduction to Philosophy, 2 short lectures to prospective students during 'Study @ Vic Day', August 2011.
  7. The Problem with Happiness, 90-minute interactive presentation for the Café Scientifique series at Wholly Bagels in Lower Hutt, September 2010.
  8. Happiness: Its Meaning Measurement and Significance, 3 90-minute lectures, one on each of the following three topics: what 'happiness' means, how happiness is measured, and what we should do about happiness on an individual and a societal level. I created this course and it ran as part of Victoria University of Wellington's Continuing Education Programme, October-November 2009. Click here for the combined ppt.
  9. Introduction to Philosophy, 2 short lectures to prospective students during 'Study @ Vic Day', August 2010.
  10. Introduction to Philosophy, 6 1-hour lectures (whole course) on a range of subjects, Wellington High School, August-September 2008. Click here for ppt.
  11. Introduction to Philosophy, 2 short lectures to prospective students during 'Study @ Vic Day', August 2008.
  12. Introduction to Ethics, 4 2-hour lectures (whole course) on Ethics, Kapiti Workers' Educational Association, April 2008. Click here for ppt.
  13. Introduction to Philosophy, 2 short lectures to prospective students during 'Study @ Vic Day', September 2007.
Student Seminar & Conference Presentations:
  1. Does the future matter more for wellbeing than the past? Experimental evidence and the importance of perspective, CSUS Philosophy Club, California State University Sacramento, 11 April 2017. PPT.
  2. Keynote lecture: What we value: An experimental investigation of the good life, University of California, Davis Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, 23 April 2016. Flyer. PPT.
  3. The Experience Machine and End of Life Care, Sac State Philosophy Club, 10 November 2015.
  4. Experimental Philosophy, Sac State Philosophy Club, 21 October 2014.
  5. Job Market Roundup, Victoria University of Wellington, 17 July 2014. Click here for the handout.
  6. We Can Test the Experience Machine: Reply to Smith, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Student Seminar Series, June 2011. Click here for the ppt.
  7. Reality Doesn't really Matter: Or How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love Limbo, Victoria University of Wellington Post Graduate Student Conference, November 2010.
  8. Eliminating Bias from the Experience Machine Thought Experiment, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Student Seminar Series, October 2010. Click here for the ppt.
  9. Debate on The Existence of Objective Moral Facts, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Student Seminar Series, May 2010.
  10. Sharing the Responsibility of Dealing with Climate Change: Interpreting the Principle of Common but Differentiated Responsibilities at the Victoria university of Wellington Graduate Student Retreat in Otaki, April 2010.
  11. Defining Pleasure for Hedonism: Lessons from Science, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Student Seminar Series, July 2009.
  12. Hedonism: The Debate, with Adrian Currie, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Student Seminar Series, May 2009.
  13. The Experience Machine Revisited (Again), Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Student Seminar Series, March 2009.
  14. Reviving Hedonism: Refuting the White Wall Machine, Bridge Lodge, Lower North Island Graduate Student Conference, March 2008.
  15. Pleasure is the Only Thing of Value: Refuting the False Pleasures Objection, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Student Seminar Series, November 2007.
  16. Pleasure is the Only Thing of Value: Reviving Hedonism as a Plausible View of 'the Good Life', Philosophers in New Zealand Annual Graduate Student Conference, November 2007.
  17. The Simple Scientific Account of Pleasure: Step 1 to Reviving Hedonism, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Student Seminar Series, August 2007.
  18. In Search of the Good Life: Pleasure, Happiness, Well-Being... And the Odd Cry from the Wilderness, Riverslea Retreat, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, June 2007.
  19. From Political Philosophy to Political Activism: Encouraging Political Action in Modernity, Onekaka, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Graduate Student Conference, June 2006.
  20. The Science of Happiness, Victoria University of Wellington Philosophy Student Seminar Series, May 2006.

Professional Service


  • Expert Group member, alongside Peter Singer, for the not-for-profit Global Happiness Organization (2016-).
  • Editorial advisory board member for the Journal of Philosophy of Emotion (2016-).
  • Co-organised a symposium on Power at California State University, Sacramento (12-15 April 2015).
  • Co-organized a 2-day conference on The Ethics of Nudges at California State University, Sacramento and Cosumnes River College (November 16-17 2015). Link
  • Co-organised a 2-day conference on Happiness at California State University, Sacramento (8-9 April 2015). Link
  • Advisor to the XPRIZE foundation on a potential prize for happiness and wellbeing initiatives (2014-).
  • Founding co-editor of the International Journal of Wellbeing (2010-). Link
  • Co-organised a major international conference on Wellbeing and Public Policy at Victoria University of Wellington (13-15 June 2012). Link
  • Expert scientific adviser on assessing wellbeing for the wellbeing in healthcare group from the Leiden University Medical Center and Tilburg University (2011-2012).
  • Member of the editorial review board for the International Journal of Technoethics (2010-).
  • Peer-reviewer for Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, Ethics and Social Welfare, International Journal of Technoethics, International Journal of Wellbeing, Journal of Cultural Economics, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, Journal of the American Philosophical Association, Journal of Value Inquiry, Philosophical Frontiers, Philosophical Psychology, Philosophical Studies, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, Quality of Life Research, and Res Philosophica.

Teaching


  • By the end of 2015, I will have lectured for 13 hours at graduate level, ~460 hours at undergraduate level, and 31 hours to non-university students on various topics in philosophy.
  • University courses I have created and taught: Happiness and wellbeing, Ethics and social issues, Science and human values, Political philosophy, Philosophy of law, Bioethics (half course), and The big questions (half course).
  • I have tutored on philosophy subjects for ~170 hours and marketing and business subjects for ~240 hours.
  • I have also tutored 4 distance courses, and lectured 1.
  • I have always received excellent teaching evaluations. See some of my evaluations compared here: Link
  • More details on my teaching, including evaluations and slides, can be found on my website. Link

Policy Work


  • Invited to write a working paper for, and give a presentation to, the New Zealand Treasury on Living Standards, Wellbeing, and Public Policy (2016).
  • Invited to the Living Standards workshop at the New Zealand Treasury October 2013.
  • Invited to comment on Statistics New Zealand's revamp of it's sustainable development index and reports, August 2013.
  • Invited to participate as an expert in the Child Maltreatment Predictive Risk Modelling Ethics Review Workshop in Wellington, April 2013.
  • Invited to attend the April 2012 'High-Level Meeting of the UN General Assembly on Happiness and Wellbeing: A New Economic Paradigm' by the Prime Minister of Bhutan and took part in the "Experts" working group. My work with the "Experts" group is ongoing and is reported on here: Link
  • Helped Simon Keller and Nick Agar to write a report on the ethics of data mining for the New Zealand Ministry of Social Development, June 2011-February 2012.
  • Invited to present on 'Wellbeing and Measures of Subjective Wellbeing' to the wellbeing group at Statistics New Zealand, December 2011. Link
  • Advised the New Zealand Treasury wellbeing group on their Living Standards Framework, 2010-2011. Link

Public Academic Work


  • Facilitating an amateur philosophy group in Hamilton (October 2016-)
  • Gave a lecture on Can We Trust Our Moral Common Sense? to high school students at Rio Americano, October 2014 & December 2015.
  • Participated in a roundtable discussion of Mood Bank, a "pop-up bank where you can visualize, deposit and exchange feelings". It is an interactive art experiment designed to get depositors to reflect on the relationship between their moods and corporate objectives, 20 March 2014. Link
  • Gave a public lecture series on happiness and public policy through Victoria University of Wellington in July 2012.
  • Interviewed for, or featured in, at least 35 public media articles and programmes, including 2 live radio interviews. Link
  • Invited to give a 90-minute talk entitled The Problem with Happiness to the Café Scientifique series in Lower Hutt, September 2010
  • Gave a public lecture series on happiness through Victoria University of Wellington in October-November 2009. Link
  • Co-hosted the philosophical radio programme The Meaning of Life on Human FM in February-May 2009

Ongoing Training and Development


  • 3-day workshop on Research Proposal Writing, California State University, Sacramento, August 2015.
  • 1-hour Introduction to Camtasia workshop, California State University, Sacramento, August 2015.
  • 1-hour training on general education and graduation requirements at California State University, Sacramento, July 2015.
  • Full day competitive entry workshop, American Association of Philosophy Teachers Workshop, San Francisco State, March 2015.
  • 3-hour workshop on factor analysis, regression and ANOVA with SPSS, run by Mohsen Joshanloo at VUW, August 2013.
  • 2-hour media training workshop at VUW, July 2013.
  • 2-hour workshop on communicating academic research at VUW, June 2013.
  • 2-hour workshop on research funding for early career researchers at VUW, May 2013.
  • 2-day course on Maori language (Te Reo) and culture (Tikanga), run by Mike Ross at VUW, May 2013.
  • 1-day conference on 'Teaching Diversity' run by Ako Victoria at VUW, April 2013.
  • 6-hour course for supervisors titled 'Orientation to Postgraduate Supervision' run by the Faculty of Graduate Research at VUW, November 2012
  • 3-hour course for supervisors entitled 'Insights into Successful Supervisory Practice', run by Margaret Kiley at VUW, October 2012
  • 2-hour course for supervisors on supervising research theses, run by Sue Starfield at VUW, September 2012

Other Notable Achievements and Responsibilities


  • Delivered the keynote lecture at the University of California, Davis Undergraduate Philosophy Conference on 'What we value: An experimental investigation of the good life' (April 2016).
  • Awarded $2,576 from the 2016 College of Arts and Letters Research, Scholarly, and Creative Activity Award at Sacramento State for Experimental Philosophy on What Really Matters (2015-2016).
  • Awarded a share of $5,000 (split with Russell DiSilvestro, Kyle Swan, and Christina Bellon) from the Provost's Research Incentive Fund at Sacramento State for developing a large grant proposal on student wellbeing and success (2015).
  • Awarded a competitive fee waiver for a 3-day training workshop on grant writing by the Office of Research Affairs, Sacramento State (2015).
  • Awarded $5,000 from the Provost's Research Incentive Fund at Sacramento State for experimental philosophy research on trolley problems (2014).
  • Awarded US$750 from the Halloran History of Well-Being Project's contestable research grant pool to hire a research assistant to help with my research on 'Western Historical Traditions of Well-Being' (2013).
  • Awarded two prizes (one shared with my co-author Larah van der Meer) of £500 each from the Observatory on Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT for articles I submitted in 2013.
  • Invited to participate in Halloran History of Wellbeing project and the History of Wellbeing Symposium (fully funded, including honorarium and author payment, for a total of US$7800) in Philadelphia (2013-2015)
  • Disability Liason Officer for the Philosophy Programme (2013-2014)
  • Lead researcher on a successful VUW Summer Research Scholar project grant application (for 2012-2013)
  • Named on 2 successful external funding grants to support the operations of the International Journal of Wellbeing (for 2011 and 2012; total NZ$25,000)
  • Director and chairperson of the board of directors of a company, GROW International, which makes online wellbeing assessments and reports (2011-2012). Link
  • Official collaborator in the International Wellbeing Study (Philosophy cohort, 2009-2013). Link
  • Achieved excellent lecturing evaluations, including several near-perfect scores from large 1st year classes. Link
  • Awarded 5 Victoria University of Wellington prizes from 2005-2012. Link
  • Received 5 Victoria University of Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences research travel grants (for 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012)
  • Co-hosted the philosophical radio programme The Meaning of Life on Human FM in February-May 2009
  • Given 20 seminar and conference presentations, 19 student seminar and conference presentations, and 18 other professional presentations
  • Organised the Philosophy Student Seminar Series at Victoria University of Wellington for two years
  • Organised the Philosophy Student Retreat at Victoria University of Wellington for three years
  • Set up and coordinated the inaugural Campus Coaches peer support programme at Victoria University of Wellington in 2007
  • Fulfilled various roles for Youthline Wellington Inc. (a telephone counselling service for youth) from 2000-2007, including Deputy Chairperson, Supervisor, Trainer, and Telephone Counsellor

Referees

Professor Nick Agar, Victoria University of Wellington, MA, PhD and Postdoc supervisor. Link
Professor Simon Keller
, Victoria University of Wellington, teaching referee. Link
Professor Garrett Cullity, University of Adelaide, external letter writer. Link

Professor Christina Bellon
, California State University Sacramento, previous department chair. Link
Dr. Ramon Das
, Victoria University of Wellington, PhD secondary supervisor. Link

Dr. Aaron Jarden
Head of Research, Wellbeing and Resilience Centre, South Australian Health & Medical Research Institute, collaborator. Link
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