ABi Launch Event

Launch event – Aberystwyth Behavioural Insights Research Centre

Thursday 20th September

Aberystwyth University, Llandinam Building, L3, Department of Geography and Earth Sciences

10am-2pm, includes lunch and an opportunity to network

You are cordially invited to the launch of Aberystwyth Behavioural Insights (ABI), a new Interdisciplinary Research Centre based at Aberystwyth University. The Centre examines the growing use made of behavioural and psychological insights to shape public policy, as well as the work of NGOs and private corporations.

If your work involves policies, projects or research linked to behaviour change, we would very much welcome connecting with you at this event or generally through the research centre.

 Keynote speaker: Tony Hockley LSE

Tony is an economist whose work focuses on behavioural policy, he is based at the London School of Economics. He founded the Policy Analyst Centre https://policy-centre.com/public-policy/ with two other economists and is currently a Visiting Senior Fellow in the Department of Social Policy at the LSE, and a visiting lecturer at Zurich University of Applied Science (ZHAW).

He was a graduate Research Assistant to Rt. Hon. Dr. David Owen MP, helped develop the Social Market Foundation think tank, one of the most influential Westminster think tanks of the 1990s, and has been a Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for Health. He has also worked as Director of European Public Policy at GlaxoSmithKline plc. He also worked on the US pharmaceutical industry’s Economic Policy Task Force in Washington DC.

There will also be a number of short presentations from members of the ABI interdisciplinary research group, representing psychology, law and political geography. Topics covered will include health and exercise, governance, and supporting the development of welsh language.

The centre seeks to build on the growing interest in new understandings of human decision-making (evident in organisations such as the World Bank, OECD, World Economic Forum, European Commission, and various national and devolved governments throughout the world), and how they may help address varied socio-economic problems (including climate change, public health, language policy, personal finance, and educational inequalities). The Centre combines the academic study of human behaviour and motivation with a concern with how behavioural insights can be used to tackle real world issues. So, come along and learn about ABI and existing work in the Centre.

 Hope to see you there

Core ABI team – Prof. Mark Whitehead, Prof Rhys Jones and Rachel Lilley (Phd Cand/ABI Co-ordinator)

RSVP to Rachel Lilley – ral17@aber.ac.uk



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