Director of Research at 80,000 Hours
I do research into the best ways to do good in your career for 80,000 Hours.
I also host the 80,000 Hours Podcast where we have 'unusually in-depth conversations about the world's most pressing problems and how you can use your career to solve them.' Here's my written work for 80,000 Hours.
I studied both genetics and economics at the Australian National University (ANU), graduated top of my class, and was named Young Alumnus of the Year in 2015.
I worked as a research economist in various Australian Government agencies including the Treasury and Productivity Commission.
I then moved to Oxford in the UK to work at the Centre for Effective Altruism, first as Research Director and then Executive Director.
If you'd like to learn more, here are a few interviews I've done about me and my work at 80,000 Hours:
A few top intellectual influences
Here's a list of audiobooks I recommend and think influenced, and hopefully improved, my understanding of the world.
I listen to a lot of podcasts. Of course there's my own show. But when I'm not listening to the wonderful sound of my own voice, some of my favourites are EconTalk, Conversations with Tyler, Planet Money, BBC More or Less, StartUp and Serial.
Because there are so many, I made a list of of my favourite old EconTalk episodes.
The blog I've read most consistently over the years is Marginal Revolution.
How I hope to improve the world
I am sympathetic to:
Some top research interest are:
Here are a few talks on those topics that I've given over the years:
Some of my favourite 80,000 Hours Podcast episodes
Other neat things I've made
Here's a checklist of questions I often work through when something unpleasant happens, in order to reframe the situation and get over it as quickly as possible.
Here are some of my thoughts on exercise, why it's so important, and how to get into it.
Here are some suggestions for how Australian policy could be modified to benefit the rest of the world, some old brainstorming on the overlap between classical liberalism and effective altruism, and some thoughts on political correctness.
Here's a bit of advice on how to effectively promote ideas on social media.
Here's a quiz where you can test your ability to predict which psychology studies can be replicated, and which can't, based on a brief description.
I made a 60 second guide to increasing your chance of surviving an imminent nuclear attack.
All the way back in 2008 I edited the ANU student newspaper, Woroni — the issues from that year are available here.
Years ago I also kept my own blog, but my views and style have changed a bunch since then, so take it all with a substantial pinch of salt.
Some personal information
Actually the details of my life are quite inconsequential.