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- 10th Jun 2022
Time to be bold on smoking
Smoking remains one of the single biggest causes of disease and premature death. Despite efforts to reduce tobacco consumption, in 2019 almost 8.7 million deaths worldwide were attributed to smoking. This is more than have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. Here's our thoughts on the recent independent review…
- 9th Jun 2022
Staggering rises in energy bills, the highest level of inflation in decades - there’s no shortage of numbers that drive home the stark reality of the current cost of living crisis. But there’s one that is conspicuous by its absence, and it’s for one of the most valuable things we…
- 15th Mar 2022
Behavioural Science or Bullshit?
There is a problem with behavioural science - how do you tell the good from the bad? Our CEO, Professor David Halpern reflects on two years of the pandemic
- 2nd Feb 2022
Five behavioural challenges and opportunities for 2022
In 2021, we saw the reach and impact of behavioural science continue to extend. From the UN hosting its first behavioural science week and declaring behavioural science as a “critical tool to progress on its mandate” to the publication of the final edition of Thaler and Sunstein’s classic book Nudge.…
- 31st Jan 2022
The rise of evidence-based policymaking?
Last week saw the publication of the Evidence Commission report from the Global Commission on Evidence. The recommendation that is most likely to attract attention is the call for governments and Foundations to benchmark at least 1% of spend on R&D - experimentation, evaluation, and the strengthening of the evidence-building…
- 27th Oct 2021
Podcast: Can we nudge to net zero?
In the first of a two-part climate change special, BIT’s Lis Costa sits down with Nobel Prize Winner Professor Richard Thaler, Cambridge University’s Lucia A. Reisch and BIT CEO and founder Professor David Halpern to answer one big question ahead of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference: Can we Nudge to Net Zero?
- 13th Jul 2021
A game of two halves: how football can bring us together or divide us and what we can do about it
Over the last month much of Europe has been caught in a football obsession. As football drew to a crescendo over the weekend (a disappointing one for England fans, ecstatic for followers of Italy), we saw how football can bring us together and divide us. As policy-makers - and fans…
- 11th Jan 2021
Holding up our (behavioural) guard long enough for the vaccine to take hold
CEO David Halpern takes a look at who is willing to get the COVID-19 vaccines and what we can do to encourage their uptake.
- 26th Nov 2020
The Behavioural Economy
A new 10-point manifesto published by The Behavioural Insights Team which sets out a clear roadmap for how governments, regulators and central banks can start using powerful behavioural levers and nudges available to economic policy makers that have the potential to deliver real positive change.
- 21st May 2020
Behavioural Insights, the WHO and COVID-19
Last Thursday, the World Health Organization put out a clear statement: ‘behavioural insights are valuable to inform the planning of appropriate pandemic response measures’. We agree, and it’s great to see that the WHO has put out a specific behavioural insights tool for COVID-19 and is recruiting for expert advisors…