Elle Pattenden

Elle Pattenden
Elle Pattenden, 2021 MCDS Doctoral Academy Fellow

Research:
An examination of the motivations underlying, and consequences of, social network dynamics for the resolution of environmental collective action problems, using "gamified" experiments and simulations (agent-based models)

Supervisors:
A/Prof Simon Cropper, Prof Michael Kirley, Prof Garry Robbins
(and Dr Johan Koskinen, in spirit)

School / Faculty:
Complex Human Data Hub, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences 
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

PhD Details

I am interested in understanding what makes people more (or less 😈) likely to make decisions that benefit others and the environment using a systems perspective. This means that I study people in their social-ecological context to try and understand how different factors – including patterns of social interactions or “networks” – shape behaviour.

Because the real world is complicated and it’s difficult (and unethical) to intervene, I use games and simulations to answer these questions. This means that I get to make “the rules” and see how it changes what people do.

Q & A

Why did you decide to do a PhD?
Big question...I will come back to this.

What do you enjoy reading?
I am currently midway through two books - Geoffrey West's 'Scale: The Universal Laws of Life and Death in Organisms, Cities and Companies' and 'The Uncommon Knowledge of Elinor Ostrom' by Erik Nordman - that I intersperse with a fat stack of papers (that I promised my supervisors I'd stop reading 👀)

What do you enjoy doing when you're not working on your PhD?
So much of my time is spent in front of a computer but I love being outside. I like watching things - birds, birds underwater (have you ever seen a cormorant swim?), and fish are my favourites, but I'll watch anything really. I got really into composting during Melbourne's series of lockdowns and spend quite a bit of time tending to (okay, taming) our little gardenr

Name one fun fact about you.
I am a dreamer. Shout out to all the dreamers!

Work and Publications

Coming soon.