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McKelvey School of Engineering

Applying Behavioral Science to Public Policy and Practical Issues

Wednesday, April 14 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Virtual Event

The Center for Dissemination & Implementation brings leaders in the field to campus throughout the academic year to offer talks on a variety of relevant topics as part of the Dissemination & Implementation Seminar Series.

Participants will learn:

  • How to apply findings from behavioral science to their own work
  • Practical examples of services have been improved by doing so (particularly in healthcare)
  • The challenges and concerns related to applying behavioral science

This event will take place virtually via Zoom webinar, please register to receive your unique meeting link.

Event Type

Lectures & Presentations


Science & Technology, Medicine & Health



Institute for Public Health
Event Contact

Emily Hickner | ehickner@wustl.edu

Speaker Information

Michael Hallsworth
Managing Director of the Behavioral Insights Team (BIT) North America

BIT was set up by the then UK Prime Minister in 2010 as the first government institution dedicated to applying behavioral sciences. BIT is now a world-leading consultancy that helps organizations to apply behavioral insights in support of social purpose goals.

Previously, Michael led BIT’s global work on health and tax and was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Cabinet Office of the UK government. Michael has also been a leading figure in developing the field of applying behavioral science to government.

He is the author of the book Behavioral Insights (MIT Press, 2020) and has authored several influential frameworks such as the MINDSPACE report (cited more than 1,000 times to date). His work has been published in, among others, the Journal of Public Economics, The Lancet, The Oxford Review of Economic Policy, and Nature Human Behaviour.

Michael has a doctorate in behavioral economics from Imperial College London (where he is an Honorary Lecturer), and a First Class MA and MPhil from the University of Cambridge. He is an Assistant Professor (Adjunct) at Columbia University.

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