Julian is a Professor of Economics and Director of Research (Economics) at the University of Exeter Business School. Julian’s research focuses on the interaction between individual preferences, decisions, and well-being, and on institutional policies, including explicit welfare tradeoffs. He uses a wide range of methodological approaches, including mathematical theory, lab and field experiments, formal rhetoric, surveys, and large administrative data analytics. Much of his work has taken place in sub-Saharan Africa, with a particular focus on health and financial behavior.
Julian has served as a fellow and/or visiting faculty member at the University of California, Berkeley’s School of Public Health; University of California, San Francisco’s School of Medicine; University of Southern California’s Psychology Department; California Institute of Technology’s Social Science Department; HEC Paris; Yale University’s Economics Department; and Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He spent nine years in the public sector working in the United States government and at the World Bank before returning to academia to join the University of Exeter in 2018.
Julian holds a PhD in game theory from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a BSc and MS degree in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology.
Julian has served on the review board of J-PAL's Crime and Violence Initiative.