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Behavioral Policy Around the World

MAY 5 & 6


Join leading behavioral scientists, executives, policymakers and journalists at our annual Conference to explore the latest insights from applied behavioral sciences research for addressing social challenges...

*bspa is 501(c)(3) non profit


The Speakers


2022 bspa conference chairs

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Suzanne Shu


John S. Dyson Professor in Marketing, Cornell University

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Dilip Soman

Canada Research Chair in Behavioural Science and Economics at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

keynote speakers

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Administrator Samantha Power


Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development


Esther Duflo


2019 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences Laureate

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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Raj Chetty

William A. Ackman Professor of Economics, Harvard University

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Hon. Catherine McKenna


Former Minister  of Infrastructure and Communities, Former Minister of Environment, Government of Canada

has behavioral science truly impacted policy?


Varun Gauri


The Brookings Institution, and Lecturer of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University

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David Halpern

Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team

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Chiara Varazzani

Lead Behavioural Scientist, OECD

Richard Thaler


Charles R. Walgreen Distinguished Service Professor of Behavioral Science and Economics

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worldwide 'behavioral insights units' panel

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Kelly Bidwell


Office of Evaluation Sciences (OES), US Federal Government

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Ammaarah Martinus

Director of Policy, Research and Analysis, Department of the Premier, Western Cape Government, South Africa  

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Rodney Ghali

Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Impact and Innovation Unit, Privy Council Office (Government of Canada)

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Faisal Naru

Policy Innovation Unit in the Nigerian Economics Summit Group (NESG)

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Simon Gordon

Behavioural Economics Team of the Australian Government (BETA)

translating and scaling behavioral interventions

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Mary MacLennan


United Nations

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Nina Mazar


Professor of Marketing at Boston Unviersity’s Questrom School of Business

authors shaping new perspectives 

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Ayelet Fishbach

Get it Done


University of Chicago

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Ellen Peters

Innumeracy in the WIld


Philip H. Knight Chair and Director for the Center for Science Communication Research

University of Oregon

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Eric Johnson

The Elements of Choice

Columbia University

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John List

The Voltage Effect

University of Chicago

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Neela Saldanha



Yale Research Initiative on Innovation and Scale

topic focused panels - most relevant current findings

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Crystal Hall

Poverty & Financial Wellbeing


Associate Professor of Public Policy and Governance
University of Washington

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Sonia Kang

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


University of Toronto


Mitesh Patel

Global Health


Vice President for Clinical Transformation and National Lead for Behavioral Insights at

Ascension Health 

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Zeina Afif

Poverty & Financial Wellbeing


World Bank Mind, Behavior & Development Unit (eMBeD) 

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Fadi Makki

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Director of B4Development & Founder of Nudge Lebanon,

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Manasvini Singh

Global Health


Assistant Professor of Health Economics, University of Massachusetts-Amherst

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Lisa Gennetian

Poverty & Financial Wellbeing


Duke University

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Rinad Beidas

Global Health


Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Medical Ethics and Health Policy, & Medicine
Director, Penn Medicine Nudge Unit 
University of Pennsylvania

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Bruce Tonn

Environment & Sustainability



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Alissa Fishbane

Organizational/Managerial Behavior, Justice



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Jiaying Zhao

Environment & Sustainability


Associate Professor

University of British Columbia

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Amanda Sharkey

Organizational/Managerial Behavior, Justice


University of Chicago 

bspa team 

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Craig Fox


Harold Williams Professor of Management, Area Chair, Behavioral Decision Making, Professor of Psychology and Medicine, UCLA


Kaye de Kruif


Senior Program Co-ordinator and Managing Editor, Behavioral Science & Policy Association


Kate Wessels


Executive Director, Behavioral Science & Policy Association

Sim Sitkin

Michael W. Krzyzewski University Professor, Professor of Management and Public Policy, Director, Behavioral Science & Policy Center, Duke University

...and many more lightning round speakers - see Agenda for details

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MAY 5 & 6

With the common goal of exploring ways to collaborate to serve the public interest, our speakers will discuss how behavioral insights can enhance private and public-sector practice, helping bridge the divide between behavioral scientists and practitioners.

Talk Formats

Authors Shaping New Perspectives
Challenge your assumptions on how the behavioral sciences can be applied across multiple contexts as you hear from pre-eminent researchers and experts discussing their original publications. 

Interact with our community thought leaders as they present the behavioral science findings most relevant to private and public sector practitioners aiming to promote the application of rigorous behavioral science research to societal issues.

Lightning Talks
How is behavioral science being implemented in practice? Engage with academics and behavioral science practitioners as they highlight cutting edge behavioral science insights. 

Panel Discussions
Join us as we explore a 'hot button' topic and convene a cross disciplinary, engrossing panel  including speakers from leading behavioral policy organizations, universities, think tanks and nonprofits.

Industry Awards
Join us as we announce the 2022 winner of the Behavioral Policy Publication Award to those whose work has advanced the rigorous application and development of behavioral/social science to policy and practice in public, private and nonprofit sectors. 




Based on 2021 numbers

"I found the BSPA conference incredibly useful for connecting academic researchers with practitioners. Presenting at the conference led to a meeting with a financial industry professional, which has turned into one of my most fruitful collaborations. I believe that both of us view the venue and the format as instrumental in facilitating this important relationship."                                                 

                                                                      - Dr. Alex Imas

                                                              Carnegie Mellon University

Who are we?

Behavioral Science in Policy & Application is a global community of leading scholars, practitioners and policymakers promoting the thoughtful application of behavioral science to policy and practice.

We facilitate unconventional behavioral solutions that address society’s most pressing challenges.

The research is powerful
From enhancing retirement saving, to promoting energy 
conservation, to reducing opioid prescription by doctors, behavioral science insights have generated proven results.


We focus on impact
BSPA is a leading organization dedicated to bridging the gap between behavioral research and practical application. We provide intellectual triage across healthcare, financial decision making, energy & environment, justice, education and labor domains, through events, publications and advisory services.


We deliver curated thought leadership
BSPA is at the center of a network of applied behavioral science organizations promoting the application of social science to public and private sector issues. Our advisory board members are giants in the field and include: Paul Brest, David Brooks, John Seely Brown, Adam Grant, Daniel Kahneman, Denise Rousseau, Cass Sunstein and Richard Thaler.