Prizes and Awards
Academic Prizes and Awards
- £500 prize from the Observatory on Responsible
Research and Innovation in ICT (Oxford University) for
the paper 'Technology: Prediction Markets' in 2013.
- £500 prize (shared with my co-author Larah van
der Meer) from the Observatory on Responsible Research
and Innovation in ICT (Oxford University) for the
paper 'Educational psychology research on children
with developmental disabilities using expensive ICT
devices' in 2013.
- Awarded Gold pass tickets to the Happiness and its Causes conference
in Sydney by the Australasian Association of
Philosophy because of my
happiness-related research and teaching record in
External Grants and Awards
Internal Grants and Awards
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
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
2011 and 2012, Aaron Jarden, myself, and Nattavudh
Powdthavee were listed as investigators (in that
order, all as lead investigators) on successful grant
applications to the Vic Davis Memorial Trust (www.vicdavistrust.co.nz).
I led the writing of the applications. We were awarded
NZ$25,000 over two grants for: ‘Establishing the
International Journal of Wellbeing’.
- I have also had success with gaining funding
from government departments. In an equally ranked team
with Philip Morrison and Aaron Jarden, I secured a
total of NZ$32,000 from the New Zealand Treasury and
Statistics New Zealand to run an international
interdisciplinary conference on well-being and public
policy in June 2012. NZ$20,000 was also secured from
tertiary institutions and research units.
Student Prizes and Awards
- 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
- 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
- Awarded a
competitive fee waiver for a 3-day training workshop
on grant writing by the Office of Research Affairs,
Sacramento State (2015).
$5,000 from the Provost's Research
Incentive Fund at Sacramento State for
experimental philosophy research on trolley
problems in 2014.
- My research has been funded through five
Faculty Research Travel Grants from Victoria
University of Wellington for travel to conferences in
NZ, AUS, and USA (2008-2012; ~NZ$7,000).
- I was also the lead researcher (with Nicholas
Agar as associate researcher) on a successful VUW
Summer Research Scholar project application, ‘The
Ethical Implications of Prediction Markets’, which
paid a stipend to my student of NZ$7,000 in 2012-2013.
- Victoria Doctoral Completion Award (for
finishing on time) in 2012.
- Doctoral Scholarship/Assistantship from
Victoria University of Wellington (for Philosophy
study) in 2008.
- Victoria University of Wellington Masters
Scholarship (for Philosophy study) in 2006.
- Victoria University of Wellington Graduate
Scholarship (for Philosophy study) in 2005.
- Roderic Alley Prize for the best essay on human
rights at Victoria University of Wellington in 2005.