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Jonathan Vayness

Jonathan is an Associate Advisor at BIT Americas, applying behavioral insights to the social safety net. Prior to BIT, Jonathan has published research on emotion and prosocial behavior, and most recently worked at the Global Poverty Research Lab on projects related to effective philanthropy.  Jonathan studied psychology and economics at…

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Ol Jonatan Beun

OL (Jonatan) is a Principal Advisor at BIT Latin America and the Caribbean. Before joining BIT, he worked as a Behavioral Scientist at the World Bank’s Mind, Behavior and Development Unit (eMBeD), and he also served as Director for Capability Building and Innovation at the Federal Government of Argentina. From…

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Dr Inês Barreiros

Ines is a Senior Advisor in the Home Affairs and Security team, where she applies behavioural science across diverse policy areas, including social cohesion, crime, justice, security and defence. In her previous experience at BIT, she worked on evaluations and data analysis in international development contexts and across a range…

  • Podcast: Inside The Nudge Unit
  • 4th Oct 2021

Combatting sexual harassment and violence; economic policy-making

In this latest episode of Inside The Nudge Unit BIT’s Aisling Colclough and Lis Costa look at two more major areas of work by the team around the world. First they are joined by colleagues Dr Vera Newman and Monica Wills Silva to explore BIT projects in Australia and Latin…

  • Blog
  • 30th Sep 2021

Improving people’s risk perception of coronavirus

What factors affect how people perceive risk? And can we design interventions that help to make risk perception more accurate?

  • Blog
  • 29th Sep 2021

The public has a good understanding of coronavirus risk, but there are still big misconceptions

On ‘Freedom Day’ (July 19th 2021) England entered a new phase in its approach to managing coronavirus. Instead of legislation mandating behaviours, guidance will help people use their own judgement to make risk-based decisions. This change means it is especially important for policymakers to understand how people think about coronavirus risk.…

  • Blog
  • 10th Sep 2021

British and European Values - are they one and the same?

There is a mismatch between the way we see ourselves and the way we see others

  • Blog
  • 7th Sep 2021

Britain Connects: reducing political polarisation and fostering dialogue during national lockdown

When political views become political identities, we see people who agree with us in a positive light - intelligent, selfless and open minded, and people who disagree with us as the opposite.

  • Blog
  • 25th Aug 2021

“The Complaints Department”: A dozen years of debate on when and how to nudge

Last week Professor Richard Thaler and Professor Cass Sunstein published Nudge: The Final Edition. As many of our readers will know, BIT was built on the ideas developed and popularised in the original edition, and we have been hugely grateful for the inspiration, energy and guidance Richard and Cass have…

  • Blog
  • 19th Aug 2021

The good kind of null? Training village doctors in Bangladesh to fight COVID-19

“Village doctors” are the primary healthcare providers for many Bangladeshis, but their qualifications and expertise can vary considerably. In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the role of village doctors has expanded to pandemic preventers and the advice they provide has become a matter of public health. With that in…