Behavioural Transformations in the 21st Century

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Join leading experts of behavioural science to engage in a two-day event focused on the outreach of novel behavioural change tools

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LSE Department of Geography and Environment presents

A Utopian ImpuLSE Driven by Behavioural Transformations: Novel ways to make behavioural public policy more effective

Organized and Chaired by Sanchayan Banerjee

May 27th 10am - 2:30pm & May 28th 10am - 3pm

Join leading academic experts of behavioural science to engage in a two-day event focussed at the outreach of novel behavioural change tools like Nudge+, Thinks and Boosts. Let's go beyond nudges, and take first class research today to apply for tomorrow.

This free event is held online over two days and is open to all policymakers interested in learning about behavioral tools and their real world applications.

Day One

Session One: Keynotes (10:00 - 12:30)

Not all tools are nudges: Break its false synonymity with the behavioural toolkit. Learn to effectively design and administer first-best policy tools

    10:00 - 10:15, Introductory Address

    10:15 -10:45, Ralph Hertwig, Keynote on Boosts

    • Ralph Hertwig is the Director of the Centre of Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute of Human Development focusing on the psychology of human judgment and decision making. Professor Herwig will discuss using competency building techniques (aka Boosts) for effective behavioural change.

    10:45 -11:15, Professor Liz Richardson, Keynote on Thinks

    • Liz Richardson is a Professor for Public Policy at the University of Manchester, Her research centres on citizen participation. Professor Richardson's keynote will be on using reflective strategy and citizen deliberation (aka Thinks) for effective behavioural change.

    11:15 -11:45, Dr. Peter John, Keynote on Nudge+

    • Dr. Peter John is the head of King's College London's School of Politics and Economics. He is the leading Nudge+ researcher. Dr. John will speak about using a hybrid nudge-think strategy (aka Nudge+) as a modification of the behavioural toolkit.

    11:45 - 12:15, Zeina Arif, Keynote on Behavioral Insights

    • Zeina Arif is a Senior Social Scientist at the Mind, Behavior, and Development Unit, World Bank working to improve access to public services and programs. Ms.Arif will draw on her experience at the World Bank on how to use novel insights to drive behavioural change amongst citizens.

    12:15 - 12:30, Closing Remarks by the Chair

    • Mr. Banerjee will share empirical evidence from his randomised evaluation of Nudge+, Boost, Think and Nudges. Mr. Banerjee is an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy, and a doctoral student in Environmental Economics at LSE, where he focuses on developing the theory of Nudge+ and systematically testing against Boosts, Thinks and Nudges.

Session Two: Policy Labs (1:00 - 2:30)

Join a policy lab to discuss the applications of Nudge+, Boosts and Thinks within your respective policy domains with colleagues and leading academic experts.

Engage with experts in the field to:

  • Understand and determine the trade-offs between consumer agency and paternalism while delivering behavioural change.
  • Learn to account for various compound risks and uncertainties (e.g., Covid19)
  • Design experiments to assess what interventions work best in your field and assessing behavioural spillovers

And join the breakout room of you choice:

    1. Policy Lab on Public Health by Dr. Manu Savani
    2. Dr. Manu Savani is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Brunel University London. Her current research examines how behavioral biases relate to the design of welfare policy and financial behaviors.

    3. Policy Lab on Education by Vanessa Todman
    4. Vanessa Todman is the head of King’s College’s What Works department. She is the lead on the use of experimental methods of evaluation to improve social mobility.

    5. Policy Lab on Environmental Policy by Ganga Shreedhar
    6. Ganga Shreedhar is an Assistant Professor in Behavioral Sciences at LSE's Department of Psychological and Behavioral Science, and an Affiliate at the Department of Geography and Environment.

    7. Policy Lab on Finance by Paul Adams
    8. Paul Adams co-founded the Financial Conduct Authority's Behavioural Economics and Data Science Unit and led the organisation's BE work. More recently he has worked as a Senior Behavioural Scientist at the Dutch financial market supervisor, the AFM.

Day Two

Session Three: Troubleshooting

Book a slot for a one-to-one consultation with our leading behavioural science experts to discuss your project. By reservation only.

This is your opportunity to

  • Engage in a 1:1 session
  • Approach experts with your project ideas and think about designing new behavioural interventions to effectively deliver behavioural change
  • Build a network with the expert for future alliance

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