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Inaugural Lecture: Professor Mandeep Dhami

Event information

START DATE 25 March 2015
START TIME 04:30pm

Room C211, College Building, Middlesex University, Hendon, London, NW4 4BT

END DATE 25 March 2015
END TIME 07:00pm

“From Decision Science to Evidence-based Policy and Practice”

Mandeep DhamiIn this Inaugural Lecture, Professor Mandeep K Dhami will use examples of her research involving offenders, court judges, and intelligence analysts to discuss how people perceive risks and act in risky situations, how they make judgments and decisions, and how they understand and communicate uncertainty. 

We often assume that people are 'rational' or at least capable of being so. However, the large body of research evidence does not support this viewpoint. Prof Dhami concludes that there is a gap between the ideals upon which policy and practice are often based and the reality of how people actually behave. She will discuss some of the implications of her Decision Science research for an evidence-based approach to policy and practice in the criminal justice, defence and security sectors.

Event Schedule

16:30 – 17:00 Reception drinks, Second Floor Mezzanine, College Building

17:00 – 18:00 Lecture, Room C211, College Building

18:00 – 19:00 Buffet and Drinks, Second Floor Mezzanine, College Building

Please RSVP by Monday 9th March to

Speaker's profile

Mandeep K. Dhami joined Middlesex University in September 2013 as Professor of Decision Psychology. She has a PhD in Psychology from City University, London and a Masters in Criminology from the University of Leicester. Mandeep has held academic posts at the University of Cambridge, University of Surrey, University of Maryland (USA), University of Victoria (Canada), and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development (Germany). In addition, Mandeep has worked outside academia for the Ministry of Defence and for two British prisons.

Mandeep's research focuses on human judgment and decision-making, risk perception and risk taking, and understanding and communicating uncertainty. She has examined these issues extensively in the criminal justice sector, and more recently in the defence and security sectors. Mandeep has authored over 85 publications to-date, and is lead editor of the book Judgment and decision making as a skill: Learning, development, and evolution, published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. Her research has won several awards, including from Division 9 of the American Psychological Association and the European Association for Decision Making.

Mandeep advises Government bodies nationally and internationally on evidence-based policy and practice. In 2002, she helped establish a Restorative Justice Program in the City of Victoria (Canada). Mandeep is Fellow of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and is on the editorial boards of several international journals including Perspectives on Psychological Science.

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