Nick completed his PhD at Monash University and his undergraduate studies at Griffith University and the Paris Institute of Political Studies. In 2012, he was an Australian European University Institute Fellow at the European University Institute in Florence.
His research interests lie primarily in the areas of political psychology and behavioural public administration. In recent years, he has investigated topics including how emotions, norms and social identities influence helping behaviour, how the internet can be used to improve or exacerbate intergroup bias and racism and how psychological techniques can be used to increase compliance with requests from government agencies.
Nick has taught classes at Monash University and the University of Melbourne on trial design, research methods, behavioural science and statistics. He has also led workshops with several BWA partner organisations on how to use behavioural science in written communications and how to evaluate behaviour-change interventions.
His teaching consistently receives stellar feedback from students and attendees. In 2017, he co-delivered a unit that was evaluated in the top 2 units in Monash University’s Faculty of Science.
His research has been published in leading social and political science journals, including Political Psychology, Ethnic and Racial Studies, and the International Political Science Review.
Nick regularly consults and works with government and non-government bodies on how to use behavioural science to promote socially-beneficial behaviours. He is a member of a range of academic organisations, such as the International Society for Political Psychology and the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists. He also serves as a reviewer for several academic journals.