Time: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Government Buildings Lecture Theatre 1,
Faculty of Law,
Victoria University of Wellington
This talk is designed to satisfy the curiosity of Antarcticans about the work of an interloper in their domain – a person with the audacity suggest that their motivation as individuals, and their behaviour in isolated groups, might be as crucial to successful outcomes as many of the other factors with which they have to contend. It touches on matters of inspiration, commitment, performance, publication, validation, and epistemology.
Tony Taylor has an international reputation in several areas of behavioural psychology. His seminal work Antarctic Psychology, on human adaptation, was groundbreaking and applauded by his peers. This book was followed up by extensive research into human responses and adaptation to disasters and emergencies. His research has consistently focused on the public good and ways to relieve distress impacting not only on disaster victims, but also those with mental illness, refugees and those in the criminal justice system. Professor Taylor has combined his expertise and enviable research output (>300 peer reviewed papers) with compassion, pragmatism and a strong sense of social justice.