Job market candidates

These PhD candidates are soon to complete and are available for recruitment via their listed contact details. 


Name: Merve Kucuk

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Research Area: Public Economics, Economic Development, Microeconomics and Empirical Methods

Topic: Hidden economic burden of natural disasters on households and governments

Biography: Merve is a PhD candidate at Deakin University. Her dissertation focuses on uncovering the immediately unobservable costs of natural disasters on households and governments which she has written under the supervision of Prof. Mehmet Ulubasoglu and Dr. Ha Vu. She has presented her work in several conferences such as the 7th Annual Workshop on Natural Experiments in History: Development, Health, Labour and the 2021 ALife Conference. Merve has served as a tutor to numerous economics courses and as the teaching assistant of Dr. Ching-Jen Sun. She holds a BSc. in Mathematics and MA. In Economics from Bogazici University (Istanbul, Turkey) and a MSc. in Finance from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business (Grenoble, France).


Panos Sotirakopoulos


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Panos is a Ph.D. Candidate in Economics at Deakin University. His research interests are directed towards Labour Economics and Applied Microeconomics.  He has presented his research in several conferences such as the Australian Conference of Economics (ACE19) and the Econometric Society Australasian Meeting (ESAM19). Panos also served as a research assistant to Prof. Mehmet Ulubasgolu and worked as a teaching assistant for undergraduate economic courses. Prior to his Ph.D., he completed a M.Sc. in Applied Economics and Data Analysis and a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Patras, Greece.


Effie Steriopoulos


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Research area

Consumer behaviour, Retail branding


A Transformative Brand Experience for Pilgrimage Tourism


Effie Steriopoulos is near completion of a PhD at Deakin University (submission in March 2020). Her thesis explores consumer engagement with iconic brands on their pathway to brand loyalty, and finds that consumers who are loyal to their favourite brands engage in stories and share these with their friends and their own communities. Her future research efforts include application of her transformative brand experience model in a variety of contexts such as sporting, knowledge-based or spiritual experiences. In addition, she explores the types of stories consumers build as a result of their relationship with brands. From a brand manager’s perspective, stories may build meaning in brands that result in increased sales and increased member loyalty programs. Other research areas include co-creating transformational events and experiential marketing approaches.

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