IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Peer role models in education

05 June 2024, 1:00 pm–2:00 pm

Students listening to a presentation. Image credit: Kanae Minowa.

Join this event to hear Rigissa Megalojonomou talk about the influence of same-gender peer role models on education and diversity in STEM.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to







Tobias Ruttenauer


Room G05
55-59 Gordon Square

Recent research has shown that role models external to one's peer group can impact decisions and performance.

In this seminar, Rigissa examines whether exemplary same-group peers can also act as role models for other peer group members. The research looks at a setting where students are quasi-randomly assigned to top-performing students deemed by their teachers to be worthy of imitation, using novel administrative and primary data collected from a large number of high schools in Greece.

Rigissa will discuss the impact of being assigned to a same-gender (compared with an opposite-gender) peer role model on students' short- and long-term scholastic outcomes and STEM specialisation choices.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in gender roles, gender bias, education policy and micro-economics.

Please note this is a hybrid event and can be joined either in-person or online.

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About the Speaker

Rigissa Megalokonomou

Associate Professor in Economics at Monash University

Her research is in applied micro-economics, focusing on policy-relevant questions in education, migration and labor economics.

Rigissa's current research delves into gender biases in education, the impact of role models, and the effects of autonomy on student outcomes, utilising extensive survey experiments and data collections.

More about Rigissa Megalokonomou