Philip PowellPhilip Powell

InstEAD Research Fellow

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Philip graduated from the University of Sussex with a BA in Psychology in 2008. He then went on to work in a number of professional and applied settings, including in special education, and as a research intern in the civil service. Philip obtained a PhD in Psychology from the University of Sheffield in 2014. He was then employed as Research Associate on the EPSRC-funded project “Creating and Exploring Digital Empathy” (CEDE) at the Institute for Economic Analysis of Decision-making (InstEAD) between December 2013 and March 2016. Philip is now employed as an InstEAD Research Fellow, and Research Fellow in the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR).
Research Summary

As InstEAD Research Fellow, Philip has active research interests in health and wellbeing, emotions and decision-making, and behavioural economics. Current research projects include: overcoming the ‘yuck factor’ as a barrier to sustainable consumption (funded by the Grantham Centre Opportunities Fund); the use of altruism to reduce patient demand for inexpedient health services; and generating empirical evidence on noise and peak-end weights parameters through behavioural decision-making experiments (funded by the Research Group Support Fund). Philip has an ongoing research interest in the role of social media in wellbeing, and helped to set-up “InstEAD-EX: A mobile experimental economics portal (the ‘lab-in-a-bag’)”.


Gibbs N, Powell PA, Tsuchiya A. (2019) Equal access for equal need: Eliciting public preferences for access to health treatment by employment status Social Science & Medicine 222:246-255 View this article in WRRO

Powell PA, Wills O, Reynolds G, Puustinen-Hooper K, Roberts J. (2018) The effects of exposure to images of others' suffering and vulnerability on altruistic, trust-based, and reciprocated economic decision-making PLoS ONE 13(3) Article number e0194569 View this article in WRRO

Powell PA, Roberts J, Puustinen-Hopper K, de Jode M, Mavros P. (2018) Heart versus Head: Differential Bodily Feedback Causally Alters Economic Decision-making Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology View this article in WRRO

Powell PA. (2018) Individual Differences in Emotion Regulation Moderate the Associations between Empathy and Affective Distress Motivation and Emotion View this article in WRRO

Powell PA, Roberts J. (2017) Situational determinants of cognitive, affective, and compassionate empathy in naturalistic digital interactions Computers in Human Behavior 68:137-148 View this article in WRRO

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