The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney in association with the New South Wales Government and Harvard University announced today that a world-first Behavioural Insights (BI) conference will take place in Sydney, Australia, on 2–3 June 2014.
Launched via the new Behavioural Exchange Sydney 2014 conference website (www.bx2014.org) the two-day conference at the Four Seasons hotel, Sydney, will feature leading academics, government officials, and corporate practitioners from around the world in the field of BI.
In conjunction with the announcement and as a great show of support for the international event, Ernst & Young have come on board as a major sponsor for the conference. Their inclusion further strengthens the strong backing from government and the private sector.
The program includes speakers such as:
- Professor Richard Thaler (University of Chicago) and Professor Cass Sunstein (Harvard University), co-authors of Nudge joining by video
- Professor Max Bazerman, Professor David Laibson, and Professor Mike Norton, Harvard University’s Behavioural Insights Group
- Dr David Halpern, head of the UK Government’s Behavioural Insights Team
- Dr Maya Shankar, advisor from the White House Social & Behavioural Science Team
- Professor Michael Hiscox, director of the STAR Lab at the US Studies Centre, Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs and member of Behavioural Insights Group at Harvard University
- Dr Thia Jang Ping, director of the Singapore Ministry of Finance
- Mr Donald Low, associate dean and senior fellow, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
Professor Bates Gill, chief executive officer of the US Studies Centre, says the conference will bring together international academic, corporate, and government leaders who are striving to create better practices and policies based on groundbreaking research into behavioural economics, psychology, and neuroscience — the components that comprise BI.
“In the same way the US Studies Centre is collaborating with the New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet and Harvard University, the Behavioural Exchange Sydney 2014 conference will be a world-class collaboration of best practice BI work, bringing new insight through research, practice, and policies to this relatively new field in Australia.”
Gill added, “We are so pleased to be able to hear from and interact with the world-leading thinkers and practitioners we are bringing to Australia for the conference and excited by the potential that BI has to contribute positive and long-lasting benefits to New South Wales and the broader community.”
The conference will provide a unique opportunity for collaborative and progressive discussion on the common challenges in implementing behavioural insights and ways to overcome them. It will also feature a special video presentation by Professor Cass Sunstein of Harvard University, who will reflect on his time at the White House and examine how governments use behavioural insights.
In November 2012, the New South Wales Government entered into a partnership with the UK Cabinet Office to support the application of behavioural insights in its policies and programs. New South Wales is the first state in Australia to create a centrally staffed and funded BI unit, and BI is providing new ways of looking at existing challenges.
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|FULL CONFERENCE CONCESSION||$1,350||$1,500|
All registration fees are in Australian Dollars and include GST.
*Concession tickets are available to NSW public servants only. Registration as such will be required to provide proof for concession eligibility.