Meet The Professors - Business and Arts & Social Sciences

Meet The Professors - Business and Arts & Social Sciences
3 Jun 2019

The 2019 Meet the professor series is a wonderful chance for students and staff to celebrate the careers and achievements of our newly promoted and recruited professors.

Our speakers will share their specialist knowledge and provide insights into ‘what’ and ‘who’ influenced their lives and careers.

Date: Monday 3 June 2019

Time: 3.30 to 4.30pm

Location: UNSW The Chancellery - Council Chambers, Kensington

Professor Gigi Foster

School of Economics, UNSW Business School

Dr Gigi Foster works in diverse fields including education, social influence, corruption, lab experiments, time use, behavioural economics, and Australian policy, with contributions appearing in both economics and multidisciplinary outlets. Her teaching was awarded an AAUT Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning in 2017. A dual Australian-US citizen born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA who moved to Australia in 2003 with her husband and young children, Professor Foster also engages heavily on economic matters with the Australian community, including in her role as co-host of The Economists, a national economics talk-radio program with Peter Martin on ABC RN.

Lecture – Economics 2.0: Getting Real

Any academic discipline is ultimately defined and contained by its founding concepts. The concepts of economics, embodied in the theories underpinning our research and, in the textbooks, read by our students, have propelled economists to a privileged position amongst social scientists both inside and outside the academy: we have the ear of policy-makers, enabling us to influence real-world decisions more profoundly than other ivory-tower dwellers. Yet economics can do better. In this talk I will motivate the need to change and suggest how the discipline can grow through the next decades by getting real about human nature.

Professor Ludmila Stern

School of Humanities & Languages, UNSW Arts & Social Sciences

Born and raised in Moscow, Ludmila migrated to Sydney in 1979. UNSW has been her true alma mater: Ludmila graduated with 1st class Honours in French and Russian (1983) and in 2000 was awarded her PhD for her thesis on the Western intellectuals’ involvement with the Stalinist USSR (2000). Ludmila’s professional connection with UNSW has spanned the time of her employment as a Russian language instructor (1989) to her appointment as Professor (2019). Her scholarly work comprises historical research as well as the study of interpreting in multilingual courts, including war crimes trials.

Ludmila and her husband Jerome have two adult children, Anna and Michael, who were born in Sydney. Her parents, Oscar and Colette migrated to Sydney from Moscow in 1985.

Lecture – How making sense of family histories has shaped my research trajectory

How are studies of the 1920s-30s Soviet relations with the West, and interpreting in domestic and international courts related? The connections between these seemingly disparate areas of my research, teaching, and professional involvement become apparent as I trace my family’s journey through the cataclysmic history of 20th century Europe. An examination of migrant journeys, focusing on my own, leads me to understand what has inspired and driven my study of multilingual communication in complex historical, political and legal settings.


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