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Dr Niamh Thompson

Niamh is a Policy Advisor in the Health and Wellbeing Cluster. She graduated with an MBChB from the University of Glasgow in 2017 where she was awarded the ‘History of Medicine’ prize for her policy analysis of the barriers to care for survivors of torture in the UK. Prior to…

  • Blog
  • 14th Jul 2022

Combating panic buying with behavioural insights

Some of the memorable images of the COVID-19 pandemic were pictures of empty shelves in supermarkets, as shoppers panic bought in response to public health restrictions. Here in Australia, we’ve seen the country go in and out of major restrictions over the past couple of years, with panic buying occurring…

  • Blog
  • 8th Jul 2022

Encouraging employees to return to the office while maintaining flexibility and choice

Hybrid working is here to stay. Although many organisations offer hybrid work arrangements, there are still some ongoing challenges. Specifically, organisations have observed misalignment and even tension between managers and employees about their preferred number of days in the office. This is described in detail in the recent RMIT report,…

  • Blog
  • 6th Jul 2022

Three ways gambling websites could be harming their customers

The gambling industry has long embraced behavioural science. Think of the ways casinos are designed to attract customers and keep them betting. You enter and immediately see eye-catching slot machines. There are flashing lights and the sound of games being won, you can feel the energy. There are no clocks or…

  • Report
  • 6th Jul 2022

Using a Behavioural Risk Audit to identify harmful design features on gambling websites

In the latest work by the Gambling Policy and Research Unit, we carried out research into gambling operator sites, to identify design features that may harm people by leveraging behavioural biases. 

  • Blog
  • 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…

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Bram Reitsma

Bram is a Research Advisor in the Health and Wellbeing team. His research projects primarily cover social care, labour markets and public health. Prior to joining BIT, Bram was an assistant economist at the Department of Food, Environment and Rural Affairs, where he primarily worked on animal welfare and exotic…

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Dr Bobby Stuijfzand

Bobby is a senior research advisor in the Health and Wellbeing team. He oversees the design and evaluation of online experiments and field trials across a range of policy areas. He has also engaged as a data science researcher on various projects. Previously he worked at the Federal Technical University…

  • Blog
  • 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

  • Blog
  • 9th Feb 2022

Where we’ve been and where we’re going: Latin America and the Caribbean

Over the past 8 years, we have run more than 40 projects in Latin America and the Caribbean, including 24 randomized controlled trials. Our work spans 14 countries (and counting!) and our partners range from local and national governments to NGOs, the private sector, and international organizations. We are delighted to…

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