Behavioural Transformations in the 21st century: Novel ways to make behavioural public policy more effective

Hosted by the Department of Geography and Environment



Ms. Zeina Afif

Prof Ralph Hertwig

Prof Peter John

Prof Liz Richardson


Sanchayan Banerjee

Sanchayan Banerjee

Join leading academic experts in behavioural science to engage in a two-day event focusing on 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.

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Day One - Thursday 27 May

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

Tune in to listen to our speakers as they share their expertise on novel behavioural interventions, their applications and what they mean for modern day policymakers and practitioners.

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Session Two: Policy Labs (13:00 - 15:30)

Engage with experts in the fields of public health, finance, environmental policy, and education to discuss the applications of nudge pluses, boosts, thinks and nudges. These policy labs are designed to give you the opportunity to discuss the role of these tools, through various case studies in your field with our experts and other colleagues in the lab. 

Watch a recording of the Public Health Policy Lab

Watch a recording of the Education Policy Lab

Watch a recording of the Finance Policy Lab (part 2 here)

If you would like information regarding the Environmental and Climate Change Policy Lab, please email Sanchayan Banerjee

Day Two - Friday 28 May (by reservation only)

Session Three: Troubleshooting (10:00 - 15:00)

Engage with our academic experts in a one-on-one discussion about any of your current or forthcoming projects and build a network for future collaboration. If you are looking for a behavioural fix for your project, this is your opportunity to approach us with your project ideas and think about designing new experimental interventions (lab, online or field) to effectively deliver behavioural change.

Meet our speakers and chair: 

Zeina Afif (@zeina_afif) is a Senior Social Scientist at the World Bank’s Mind, Behavior & Development Unit (eMBeD), within the Poverty and Equity Global Practice at the World Bank. Zeina is currently working on applying behavioral insights to improve women’s access to finance and jobs, reduce youth unemployment, reduce gender based violence, promote social cohesion, and improve access to public services and programs in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as Latin America & Caribbean region.

Ralph Hertwig is the Director of the Centre of Adaptive Rationality at the Max Planck Institute of Human Development in Berlin. Before taking on his role as an MPI director in 2012, Hertwig was Professor for Cognitive and Decision Sciences and later dean at the University of Basel, Psychology Department. Early in his career, he was a researcher at Columbia University, University of Chicago, and the MPI’s Center for Adaptive Behavior and Cognition. He has been awarded several prizes for his research and teaching. His research focuses on models of bounded rationality such as simple heuristics, on decisions from experience, and on deliberated ignorance.

Peter John (@peterjohn10) is the head of King's College London's School of Politics and Economics. Peter was Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at University College London from 2011 until 2017. He has a DPhil from the University of Oxford and his first main job was as a Research Fellow at the Policy Studies Institute. He is known for his work on agenda-setting, local politics, behavioural interventions, and randomised controlled trials.

Liz Richardson (@lizMancUni) is Professor of Public Administration at the University of Manchester. Her research interests centre on public policy and citizen participation. Her work has appeared in journals such as Governance, Environment and Planning, Evidence and Policy, British Journal of Politics and International Relations, Social Policy and Administration, and Policy & Politics.

Sanchayan Banerjee (@SanchayanBanerj) is a third-year doctoral candidate in Environmental Economics at LSE. He is an Associate Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and teaches in the area of applied environmental, developmental and quantitative economics. His doctoral thesis focuses on extending the theory of Nudge Plus, a modification of the toolkit of the policymaker which embeds reflective strategies in a nudge to improve its efficacy and preserve the autonomy and agency of the decision maker. 

Meet our Policy Lab Experts 

Paul Adams (@pauldadams) will lead the policy lab on Finance. Paul 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.

Manu Savani will lead the policy lab on Public Health. Manu is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Brunel University London. Her doctoral thesis tested behavioural public policy applied to health using RCTs. Manu's current research examines how behavioural biases relate to the design of welfare policy and financial behaviours. Prior to her PhD, Manu served as an Economic Adviser at the Department for International Development, with experience in global health policy. 

Ganga Shreedhar (@geeshree) will lead the policy lab on Environmental Policy. Ganga 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.

Vanessa Todman (@TodmanVanessa) will lead the policy lab on Education. Vanessa 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.

About our sponsor
The LSE Knowledge Exchange Fund for Departments is used to support knowledge exchange activities with non-academic audiences based on LSE research and expertise. Funding comes from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) allocation received by the School.

About our host
The Department of Geography and Environment (@LSEGeography) is a centre of international academic excellence in economic, urban and development geography, environmental social science and climate change.

About our partners

Department of Psychological & Behavioural Science, LSE
The Department of Psychological & Behavioural Science (PBS) is a growing community of researchers, intellectuals, and students who investigate the human mind and behaviour in a societal context. Our department conducts cutting-edge psychological and behavioural research that is both based in and applied to the real world.

Brunel University
Brunel University London is a public research university located in the Uxbridge area of London, England. It was founded in 1966 and named after the Victorian engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel. In June 1966, Brunel College of Advanced Technology was awarded a royal charter and became Brunel University. 

King's College London
King’s College London is an internationally renowned university delivering exceptional education and world-leading research. 

What Works
King's College London's What Works blog explores how behavioural insights approaches can be applied to improving student access to and success in, university. 

University of Manchester 
The University of Manchester is a public research university in Manchester, England, formed in 2004 by the merger of the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology and the Victoria University of Manchester.[9][10] The University of Manchester is a red brick university, a product of the civic university movement of the late 19th century.

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