Thursday, May 10, 2012

Group Name for Stirling EconPsych

An issue at present is to have a good name for the research group evolving at Stirling that will launch in October. We currently use the name Stirling EconPsych (see website  http://stirlingeconpsych.squarespace.com/ and twitter account https://twitter.com/StirlingEconPsy ).

Presently, the group is coordinated by myself and Michael Daly, who will shortly join Stirling as a faculty member. Several other Stirling faculty are involved as associates and several others from other universities are also involved as associates (see list of people http://stirlingeconpsych.squarespace.com/people/). We are currently finalising the selection of some funded PhD students to begin in September. We have also received a Marie Curie grant to look at well-being and unemployment in Europe and one three-year contract will be advertised on this soon. We are also running regular workshops (last one here and next one here). We have been running a very interesting online book and journal club session (details here ) and hope to expand these throughout the year. Subject to approval from the university, we will also run an MA in Economics, Psychology and Policy from September 2013. Topics that will be investigated by the group include, but are not limited to, measurement and determinants of well-being; the biological and psychological foundations of economic preferences; early life foundations of later health and behaviour; unemployment and well-being; the effect of information provision and framing on complex behaviours

Finding a good name to encapsulate this activity would be great. At present, we do not plan to formulate as a formal research center or Institute, so names that include center or institute should probably be avoided. 

I don't want to announce a formal prize for best acronym on the blog but I will be nice to whoever wins. Send suggestions either by email or through the comments. The last time I had a competition for a group name it was won by Rob who came up with WEDEPLOY for our eventually successful Marie-Curie application. Rob received a bottle of wine for his trouble/ingenuity.

9 comments:

Rob Gillanders said...

Stirling Psychology and Economics, gives you SPEc. I fear you lack the vowels for anything better.

PS No wine this time please. A few tins would be much better.

Michael Daly said...

Best I could come up with is SCOPE - stirling centre of psychology&economics - has centre in the title though!

Marie said...

SUPER Stirling University Psychology and Economics Research ;-)

Marie said...

STROPPE Stirling Research on Policy Pscychology and Economics. Ok I'll stop here.

Dave said...

How about STEPlab - STirling Economic Psychology lab? or eKahnemists?

Michael Dowling DCU said...

Blame anchoring for this, but quite like Stirling EconPsych

Liam Delaney said...

Dave also suggests "LEAP - Lab for Economics and Psychology?"

Some great ones above. Can see Michael's point. To be honest, it is catching on around here. People have used the name to me a good bit in conversation.

Michael Daly said...

LEAP captures the discipline hopping element, for sure. Was thinking RIPPLE - Research In Psychology PoLicy and Economics but then started thinking some of these may not sound right in conversation. "I'm in LEAP" or worse "I'm part of the RIPPLE!".

An alternative is to stick with the current name or go for something more straight forward like the EPRG - Economics and Psychology Research Group, at least sounds sensible in conversation though clearly not very imaginative!

Liam Delaney said...

Really like EPRG. Not catchy but a good solid name.