Posted by Shabnam Gill & Shirley Dang on Tuesday May 26th, 2015

In 2014, the first Behavioural Exchange conference (BX2014) was held in Sydney. This year, the baton has been passed to the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) who will be hosting BX2015 in London on the 2nd and 3rd September.

BIT recently released the program for the conference and are keen to spread the word far and wide about the line-up for the most important event on BI calendar this year.

“Though it is a long way, we'd be delighted if our friends and colleagues from New South Wales could join us at BX2015 in London for what promises to be the biggest gathering of behavioural insights academics and practitioners of the year.

You can find out more about the program and buy tickets here:

We've assembled a truly stellar list of speakers. Here are some of them:

  • Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel laureate and author of Thinking, Fast and Slow, who'll be joining us either in person or by live video link
  • Richard Thaler, the co-author of Nudge, President of the American Economic Association, and long term academic advisor to the Behavioural Insights Team;
  • Steven Pinker, Professor of Psychology and one of the world's foremost writers on language, mind and human nature
  • Robert Cialdini, Regents' Emeritus Professor of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University and author of Influence: the Psychology of Persuasion;
  • Rachel Glennerster, Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT
  • Iris Bohnet, Co-Director of the Harvard Behavioral Insights Group, Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Director of its Women and Public Policy Program
    • David Halpern, Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team and author of the Hidden Wealth of Nations
    • Francesca Gino, Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School.

The main focus of BX2015 will be on learning from practitioners from around the world. So alongside these speakers, parallel sessions will focus on how behavioural insights can support specific areas of policy. We are hoping to include as many examples from the work of the New South Wales Behavioural Insights Unit as possible in these more interactive sessions, which will focus on the following areas: health, climate change, financial services, labour market, crime and security, education, international development, organisational behaviour, and human kindness.

And finally, there will be lots of opportunities to get involved, starting right now with some of the online surveys and experiments on the BX2015 website”.

Watch this space for details about a special event the NSW Behavioural Insights Unit will hold later in the year to share the latest knowledge and trends coming out of BX2015 and how we could apply them to policy and service delivery design here in NSW.



BIT is also calling for nominations for the BX2015 Awards to recognise the achievements of established and emerging scholars, and practitioners. Nominations are sought in three categories:

  1. BX Award for Outstanding Research - for outstanding research in the behavioural sciences in an applied setting
  2. BX Award for Outstanding Research by a Doctoral Student – for outstanding research by a Doctoral Student in the behavioural sciences in an applied setting
  3. BX Award for Outstanding Practitioners - for outstanding contribution to behavioural science implementation by an organisation or practitioners. This award will be given to the organisation demonstrating the most successful application of behavioural science to policy, the economy, business, the environment, or society in general

The Awards will be presented at BX2015 and winners will also be invited to present their work at BX2015. More information about the Awards and how to submit a nomination is available here.


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