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BEAR x BIOrg Webinar: Neil Lewis, Jr.

  • Speaker: Neil Lewis, Jr., Assistant Professor, Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medicine

    Neil Lewis, Jr. is an assistant professor at Cornell University and Weill Cornell Medicine in the department of communication, division of general internal medicine, and graduate field of psychology. His research examines how people's social contexts and identities influence: (1) how they interpret and make meaning of the world around them, (2) their motivation to pursue their goals and success in goal pursuit efforts, and (3) the implications of these processes for the effectiveness of interventions and policies to improve equity in social outcomes.
  • Date: April 21, 2022 12 PM ET 
  • Topic: Behavioral Insights for Building More Equitable Societies
  • Description: When societies separate people into different groups and provide those groups with differential access to resources and opportunities, members those groups inevitably have different experiences in life. Due to situated cognition processes, differences in contexts that arise from such social stratification influence how people make meaning of the world around them. Moreover, those differences in meaning-making have cascading effects on the decisions people make. In this talk, I will share recent findings from my program of research that has been examining these processes in the context of the United States. We have been examining how US segregation (i.e., by race and socioeconomic status) influences how Americans make meaning of their experiences, and the implications of that meaning for their motivation to pursue different goals and success in goal pursuit efforts. I will discuss the implications of this research for behavioral interventions that aim to foster equity in society.


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Past BEAR x BIOrg Webinar Sessions 2021-2022

BEAR x BI-Org Webinar Series: Varun Gauri

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar: Varun Gauri

  • Speaker: Varun Gauri, Princeton University and The Brookings Institution

    Varun Gauri is Non-Resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, and Lecturer of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University. Previously, he was an economist in the World Bank’s research department, where he founded and headed the World Bank’s behavioral science unit, eMBeD. He was co-director of the World Development Report 2015: Mind, Society, and Behavior. He has served on the editorial boards of the journals Behavioral Public Policy, BMJ Global Health, and Health and Human Rights, as well as on the World Economic Forum Council on Behavior, the WHO Technical Advisory Group for Behavioral Science, the OECD Expert Group on Behavioural Insights, the Board of the Behavioral Economics Action Research Centre at the University of Toronto, and the American Political Science Association Task Force on Democratic Imperatives. His research has appeared in journals such as PNAS, American Political Science Review, Journal of Political Philosophy, and World Bank Economic Review, and has been covered in The New York Times, The Economist, The Washington Post, Le Monde, Forbes, The Hindu, The Guardian, and Frontline. His publications include Courting Social Justice: Judicial Enforcement of Social and Economic Rights in the Developing World and The Community Paralegal Movement and the Pursuit of Justice, and School Choice in Chile. His current research addresses behavioral economics, human rights, and social policy in developing countries.
  • Date: March 17, 2022 12 PM ET 
  • Topic: Moral cosmopolitanism: Cosmopolitan morality trades off in-group for the world, separating benefits and protection
  • Description: Global cooperation rests on popular endorsement of cosmopolitan values—putting all humanity equal to or ahead of conationals. Despite being comparative judgments that may trade off, even sacrifice, the in-group’s interests for the rest of the world, moral cosmopolitanism finds support in large, nationally representative surveys from Spain, the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Japan, the United States, Colombia, and Guatemala. A series of studies probe this trading off of the in-group’s interests against the world’s interests. Respondents everywhere distinguish preventing harm to foreign citizens, which almost all support, from redistributing resources, which only about half support. These two dimensions of moral cosmopolitanism, equitable security (preventing harm) and equitable benefits (redistributing resources), predict attitudes toward contested international policies, actual charitable donations, and preferences for mask and vaccine allocations in the COVID-19 response. The dimensions do not reflect several demographic variables and only weakly reflect political ideology. Moral cosmopolitanism also differs from related psychological constructs such as group identity. Finally, to understand the underlying thought structures, natural language processing reveals cognitive associations underlying moral cosmopolitanism (e.g., world, both) versus the alternative, parochial moral mindset (e.g., USA, first). Making these global or local terms accessible introduces an effective intervention that at least temporarily leads more people to behave like moral cosmopolitans.


BEAR x BI-Org Webinar Series: Nancy Sin

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar: Nancy Sin

  • Speaker: Nancy Sin, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia

    Dr. Nancy L. Sin (she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. As a health psychologist, Dr. Sin’s research focuses on biological and behavioural pathways linking daily experiences – including stressors and emotions – with long-term health and well-being. Dr. Sin is particularly interested in daily positive events as protective factors for stress processes. She has published extensively in journals for behavioural medicine, psychology, and aging. Her work has been supported by grant funding agencies in Canada and the U.S. Dr. Sin has held leadership roles in the American Psychological Association and the American Psychosomatic Society. In addition, Dr. Sin directs the UBC Psychology Diversity Mentorship Program to provide mentorship to students from traditionally disadvantaged, underrepresented, and marginalized backgrounds.
  • Date: February 16, 2022 12 PM ET 
  • Topic: Enhancing health and well-being in everyday life: Insights from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Description: The COVID-19 pandemic has led to prolonged stress and mental health challenges around the world. Yet, people differ from one another in their vulnerability to pandemic-related stressors, and within a given person, some days are more stressful than others. Drawing on evidence from daily diary studies, Dr. Sin will discuss risks for and resilience to stress in everyday life during the COVID-19 pandemic. This webinar will emphasize protective factors – including daily positive events, prosocial behaviours, and sleep – which have been shown to offset the impacts of day-to-day stressors and discrimination on health and well-being. Insights from this research can inform the development of interventions to bolster psychological and physical health.


BEAR x BIOrg Webinar Series: Victoria Behavioural Insights Unit & BehaviourWorks Australia

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar: Victoria Behavioural Insights Unit & BehaviourWorks Australia

  • Speakers: Kate Phillips, Manager, Victoria's Behavioural Insights Unit & Dr. Alexander Saeri, Research Fellow, BehaviourWorks Australia

    Kate Phillips
    is the Manager of Victoria’s Behavioural Insights Unit, providing oversight on the application of behavioural insights to public policy challenges in Victoria. Kate has previously worked across State, Federal and Territory Governments on policy areas ranging from human rights to financial crime. Kate holds a Master in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and degrees in Laws and Science from the Australian National University. While studying at Harvard Kate led the Behavioural Insights Student Group.
    Dr. Alexander Saeri is a research fellow at BehaviourWorks Australia. His work seeks to increase the reach and impact of behaviour science on the world's most pressing problems. Alexander has worked on multiple projects with Australian governments and organizations, especially at the nexus of health, technology and the environment; he also co-leads the Climate Adaptation Mission. Alexander completed his Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons I, 2010) and PhD (2015) at The University of Queensland. His thesis investigated intergroup conflict and cooperation, and he has developed and coordinated courses in advanced research methods, philosophy of science and social psychology.
  • Date: January 19, 2022 5 PM ET (January 20, 2022 9 AM AUS)
  • Topic: The scale up toolkit for behaviour change – progress and challenges
  • Description: BehaviourWorks Australia and the Victorian Government Behavioural Insights Unit developed an evidence-informed toolkit to help behavioural insights researchers and practitioners to start with scale up in mind. This toolkit was conceived as a collaborative and interactive tool in which researchers and practitioners can suggest changes, present case studies, and provide feedback on the different tools. One year on, we present reflections on what’s worked, what hasn’t, and seek feedback from the behavioural science community about where to next.

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar Series: Chiara Varazzani

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar: Chiara Varazzani

  • Speaker: Dr. Chiara Varazzani, Lead Behavioural Scientist, OECD

    Dr Chiara Varazzani is currently Lead Behavioural Scientist at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Chiara also serves as a member of the Technical Advisory Group on Behavioural Insights for the World Health Organization (WHO) and she is an Adjunct Research Fellow at Monash University. Chiara has led units of behavioural scientists in government, designed behaviour change interventions and shaped communication across different policy areas, including health, education, financial decision-making, energy and international development. Prior to this, Dr Varazzani held several positions in government. She was Principal Advisor of the Behavioural Insights Unit of the Victorian Government in Australia, Advisor in behavioural economics to the Australian Federal Government and Research Fellow at the Behavioural Insights Team in London. She holds a MSc from the School for Advanced Studies in Social Sciences, a MSc in Cognitive Sciences from the École Normale Supérieure, and a PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience from Sorbonne University.
  • Date: December 9, 2021 12 PM ET
  • Topic: Behavioural science across governments for global policy challenges
  • Description: In this webinar session, Chiara will talk about some of the trends, initiatives, and challenges to enable the international behavioural science community to collaborate more effectively on global policy challenges. Chiara will share lessons learned, case studies, tips and OECD tools to support the use of behavioural science in public policy, including the new OECD BI map and the OECD BI pre-registration portal


BEAR x BIOrg Webinar Series: Rishad Habib

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar: Rishad Habib

  • Speaker: Rishad Habib, Assistant Professor, Marketing, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University

    Rishad Habib is an Assistant Professor in Marketing at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. Her research focuses on how people react to shifting norms and novel marketing practices, and its effect on their prosocial and sustainable decision making. She also explores strategies to encourage positive behaviour.
  • Date: November 17, 2021 12 PM ET
  • Topic: New ways to SHIFT consumers towards sustainable options
  • Description: Companies are increasingly moving towards sustainability but they can only be successful if this comes hand-in-hand with behaviour change from consumers themselves. This session discusses the SHIFT framework which identifies five psychological routes to sustainable behaviour change (Social influence, Habit, Individual self, Feelings and cognition, and Tangibility) and illustrates each with examples from recent research.

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar Series: Applied Behavioral Science Association

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar: Applied Behavioral Science Association (ABSA)

  • Speakers: Lena Belogolova and Connor Joyce, Co-founders of Applied Behavioral Science Association (ABSA)     
  • Date: October 13, 2021 12 PM ET
  • Topic: Trends in Applying Behavioural Science Today
  • Description: TBA


BEAR x BIOrg Webinar Series: Anisha Singh, Busara Center

BEAR x BIOrg Webinar: Anisha Singh, Busara Center


  • Speaker: Anisha Singh, Director for Research and Innovation, Busara Center for Behavioral Economics

    Anisha Singh leads Busara's Labs globally. Busara's lab in Nairobi was one of the first experimental labs in the Global South and continues to be at the edge of cutting behavioural science research. Specifically, Anisha focuses on the implementation of academically rigorous experimental research and builds methodologically tested research tools and technology needed to work with hard-to-reach populations.

  • Date: September 16, 2021 12 PM ET
  • Topic: Developing and Implementing Behavioural Science Insights with Low-Income Populations in the Global South
  • Description: In this session, the Busara Center will share lessons learned and mistakes (in hindsight only!) in implementing behavioural science research and insights in the previous seven years, and their hopes for the future. Specifically, the organization has realized the importance of context, how to overcome researcher biases, the realities of infrastructural needs, and the future of behavioural science talent - all in the form of stories that others can learn from.


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