Professor Brock BastianProfessor & Dame Kate Campbell Research Fellow, School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Melbourne
Dr Brock Bastian is a Professor and the Dame Kate Campbell Research Fellow in the School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne. He is trained as a social psychologist and his research broadly focuses on the topics of wellbeing and morality. In his research on well-being, he has addressed questions such as why promoting happiness may have a downside, the cultural factors leading to depression, and why valuing our negative and painful experiences in life is a critical pathway to achieving happiness. His work has been featured in outlets such as The Economist, The New Yorker, TIME, New Scientist, Scientific American, Harvard Business Review, and The Huffington Post, among many others.
His innovative approach to research has been acknowledged with the Wegner Theoretical Innovation Prize, and his contribution to psychology has been recognized by the Australian Psychological Society and Society of Australasian Social Psychologists early career researcher awards. Brock is not only passionate about building scientific knowledge, but also about communicating that knowledge. He has written for popular press outlets, such as The Conversation; delivered popular talks, such as at TEDx StKilda, The Ethics Centre Sydney, and Effective Altruism Australia; and appeared on radio shows such as The Minefield. His first book The Other Side of Happiness was published in January 2018.
2020 SCAP Presentation: Building personal and school community resilience in response to COVID-19
The current year has represented an immense challenge to how we live and work. This has in no small way impacted on schools with remote learning and rolling shutdowns contributing to a sense of insecurity and unpredictability that has rarely been seen in most lifetimes. Surviving a year like 2020 requires not only significant personal resilience, but also community resilience. Critically, there are opportunities for building these qualities if the challenges we are facing into are managed well. In this talk I will present evidence, including from my own research, revealing the role of hardship, adversity, and even disaster, in contributing to personal and community resilience and offer suggestions for how we can leverage these responses within our schools. Understanding how students, teachers, and parents can draw from the experience of 2020 to build something better than before offers a much needed ray of hope.