Vedran Lesic

Project Info

Role GESA 2014 participant
Nationality Croatian

Project Description

I am an early career researcher in the field of decision-making, public policy and energy. Currently, I am spending my year as a Fulbright Scholar at the Engineering and Public Policy Department at Carnegie Mellon University working on several projects that involve the analysis of a big consumer database of disaggregated electricity consumption data by end-uses. Previously, I finished my BA and MA in Psychology at University of Zadar, successfully completing more than 60 courses in the top 10% of my class. In parallel, I completed a second MA program in International Relations and Diplomacy from Dubrovnik International University (DIU) under the topic of EU Energy Policy and Behavioral Change.

Furthermore, I was awarded with several scholarships based on my academic excellence: Croatia’s TOP scholarship by the Office of the President and Government of Croatia; Huawei Scholarship by Chinese Embassy in Croatia, and Rector’s prize by University of Zadar. I was highly involved in research both within and outside of my studies. I have participated in several scientific conferences and programs in the field of psychology and public policy, and am currently working on several research projects in the fields of psychology, energy and policy. Qualitative and Quantitative Methodology, Statistics, Judgment and Decision-making are just some of the courses I was involved in teaching while working as a Teaching Assistant at DIU last year, giving me first-hand experience in working with students, various academics and professionals in the field of politics, business and technology.

I have experience in being a leader and being actively involved in different organizations. At an international level, I was the President of the European Federation of Psychology Students’ Association (EFPSA) in 2011/2012 mandate. Recently, I participated as part of the Carnegie Melon University (CMU) team at Better Building Case Study Competition 2014 organized by the US Department of Energy and was awarded for both case studies as Best Proposals. I have also been selected for Energypath 2014 awarded by Sustainable Energy Fund and Albright College.

In September 2014, I will join the PhD program at Leeds Business School and Center for Decisions Research, University of Leeds and continue to work in the field of decision-making, energy and big data analysis. Furthermore, I want to publish and present my work in various journals and at international events, conferences, policy-board meetings.

As a behavioural scientist, I will continue to explore interactions between human irrationally, technological advancements and policy regulations with an aim of fostering a transition towards more sustainable communities.


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