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Assoc Prof Peter Phillips

Assoc Prof Peter Phillips
Name Peter Phillips
Position Associate Professor (Finance and Banking)
Section School of Commerce
Location Toowoomba Campus
Phone +61 7 4631 5490
Extension 5490
Email
Qualifications BBus(Hons) USQ , PhD USQ
Homepage https://researchgate.net/profile/Peter_Phillips15
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Fields of Research (FoR)

  • Microeconomic Theory ( 140104 )
  • Applied Economics ( 140200 )
  • Defence Studies ( 160604 )

Research interests
Peter works in the field of decision theory, especially applications to terrorist behaviour and the practice of counter-terrorism, law enforcement and intelligence. His earliest work was primarily concerned with terrorist attack method choice and risk preference. Using orthodox theoretical frameworks to draw inferences about terrorists’ profiles from the characteristics of their attack method choices was a natural extension of this work into ‘investigative economics’. Since then, his work has expanded to encompass behavioural models of choice, like prospect theory, which he has applied not only to terrorist decision-making, copycat behaviour and spree shootings but also to law enforcement, counter-terrorism and intelligence (espionage).

Professional memberships
Member of the Network of European Peace Scientists (NEPS)

Currently teaching courses/programs
Peter has been teaching FIN1101 Introduction to Corporate Finance for a number of years. He has recently designed ECO3020 Behavioural Economics.

Research most recent
Phillips, P.J. & Pohl, G. (2020). Anticipated Regret, Terrorist Behaviour & the Presentation of the Outcomes of Attacks in the Mainstream Media and in Terrorist Group Publications. Aggression & Violent Behavior, Forthcoming.

Phillips, P.J. & Pohl, G. (2020). Tinker, Thaler, Soldier, Spy: Behavioral Economics of HUMINT Transactions and Source Prioritizations. International Journal of Intelligence and CounterIntelligence, Forthcoming.

Phillips, P.J. & Pohl, G. (2020). Space Junk: Behavioural Economics and the Prioritisation of Solutions. Defence and Peace Economics, Forthcoming.


Research most notable
Phillips, P.J. & Pohl, G. (2020). Anticipated Regret, Terrorist Behaviour & the Presentation of the Outcomes of Attacks in the Mainstream Media and in Terrorist Group Publications. Aggression & Violent Behavior, Forthcoming.

Phillips, P.J. and Pohl, G. (2019). Terrorism Watch Lists, Suspect Ranking and Decision-Making Biases. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, 42, 898-914.

Phillips, P.J. and Pohl, Gabriela (2017). Terrorist Choice: A Stochastic Dominance and Prospect Theory Analysis. Defence and Peace Economics, 28 (2), 150-164.

Phillips, P.J. (2016). The Economics of Terrorism. Taylor & Francis Routledge, Abingdon, UK and New York, New York.

Phillips, P.J. and Pohl, Gabriela (2014). Prospect Theory and Terrorist Choice. Journal of Applied Economics, Vol. 17, pp. 139-160.


Publications in ePrints

Phillips, Peter J. and Pohl, Gabriela (2020) Anticipated regret, terrorist behaviour & the presentation of the outcomes of attacks in the mainstream media and in terrorist group publications. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 51:101394. pp. 1-10. ISSN 1359-1789

Phillips, Peter J. and Pohl, Gabriela (2020) How terrorism red flags become weak signals through the processes of judgement and evaluation. Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology, 35 (3). pp. 377-388. ISSN 0882-0783

Phillips, Peter J and Pohl, Gabriela (2020) Space junk: Behavioural economics and the prioritisation of solutions. Defence and Peace Economics. ISSN 1024-2694

Phillips, Peter J. and Pohl, Gabriela (2020) Terrorism, lightning and falling furniture. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 12 (2). pp. 140-156. ISSN 1943-4472

Viney, Christopher and Phillips, Peter (2019) Financial institutions, instruments and markets, 9th ed. McGraw-Hill Australia, Sydney, Australia. ISBN 9781760422981

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Approved research supervisor in the area of:

  • Microeconomic Theory ( 140104 )
  • Defence Studies ( 160604 )