Julian Hazell

Julian Hazell

McGill University

Julian is passionate about understanding human behavior by analyzing the data behind the decisions that individuals make. He is also interested in communicating social science insights to the public, particularly at the intersection of behavioral science, microeconomics, and data science. Before joining The Decision Lab, he was an economics editor at Graphite Publications, a Montreal-based publication for creative and analytical thought. He has written about various economic topics ranging from carbon pricing to the impact of political institutions on economic performance. Julian graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Management.

Recent Posts


How To Motivate Volunteers With Behavioral Science

Volunteering is often thought as the ultimate act of altruism. Yet there is some evidence that volunteering has many benefits for the mental and physical health of the person who is volunteering their time and energy. Learn more in this discussion between Jayden Rae and Julian Hazell.


Nudging Can Encourage Sustainable Food Choices

Supermarkets use smart techniques to steer our shopping behavior, which is why we might end up with a huge cart of groceries when we only intended to buy some milk. What if we could use those same techniques to nudge consumers into purchasing healthier and more sustainable food?


Using Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science Insights To Improve Decision Making

To further our interest in connecting cutting-edge research with real-world applications, we reached out to Michał Klincewicz, an assistant professor at Tilburg University in the Department of Cognitive Science, to learn more about his work on using video games to explore moral cognition and stimulate moral insight, as well as his use of machine learning to spot conspiratorial online videos.

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Why The Sharing Economy May Not Be As Eco-Friendly And Sustainable As You Think

Is sharing eco-friendly? If fewer people need to buy physical goods in order to derive some specific use from them, fewer resources need to be consumed to create these products, or so it goes. We reached out to Laura Straeter and Jessica Exton, two behavioral scientists at ING, a Dutch bank, to learn more about their research on how the sharing economy may not be as sustainable as we think.


TDL Perspectives: What Are Heuristics?

Without heuristics, the brain would have a tough time solving even the simplest of problems. Check out this perspective piece to learn more about what heuristics do, why they exist, and how they apply in the real world.