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Dr Michael Hallsworth

Chief Behavioural Scientist

Dr Michael Hallsworth is BIT’s Chief Behavioural Scientist. Before his current role, Michael was Managing Director of BIT Americas and previously led BIT’s global work on health and tax. Earlier in his career, Michael was a Senior Policy Advisor in the Cabinet Office of the UK government and has in-depth experience of both policy development and service delivery for national governments and international organizations. Michael has also been a leading figure in developing the field of applying behavioral science to government, having authored several influential frameworks such as EAST, Behavioral Government, and the MINDSPACE report (which has been cited more than 800 times to date). His work has been published in, among others, The Lancet, the Journal of Public Economics, and Nature Human Behaviour. He is the author of the book Behavioral Insights (MIT Press, 2020).

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