A host of international experts are arriving in Sydney, Australia, this week to take part in the world-first Behavioural Exchange (BX2014) conference on 2–3 June 2014. Hosted by the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, in association with the New South Wales Government and Harvard University, the conference features leading academics, government officials, and corporate practitioners from around the globe in the field of Behavioural Insights (BI). The conference will focus on creating better policies and practices based on groundbreaking research into behavioural economics, psychology and neuroscience - the key components of BI. In the lead up to the international event, Cisco Systems, Inc. have signed on as major technology sponsor, further strengthening the strong backing from government and the private sector. Speakers include:

  • Professor Richard Thaler (University of Chicago) and Professor Cass Sunstein (Harvard University) – co-authors of Nudge joining by livestream
  • Professor Max Bazerman, Professor Iris Bohnet, Professor David Laibson, and Professor Mike Norton – Harvard University’s Behavioural Insights Group
  • Dr David Halpern – head of the United Kingdom Government’s Behavioural Insights Team
  • Dr Maya Shankar – advisor from the White House Social & Behavioural Science Team joining by livestream
  • Ms Mia Garlick – head of Policy Australia and New Zealand, Facebook
  • Professor Michael Hiscox – director of the STAR Lab project at the US Studies Centre, Clarence Dillon professor of international affairs and member of the Behavioural Insights Group at Harvard University
  • Dr Thia Jang Ping – director of the Singapore Ministry of Finance

Professor Bates Gill, chief executive officer of the US Studies Centre, said the conference will showcase practical examples of cutting-edge research, policies, and programs that are successfully applying Behavioural Insights. "Behavioural Exchange Sydney 2014 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 these world-leading thinkers and practitioners and excited by the potential that BI has to contribute positive and long-lasting benefits to New South Wales and the broader community.” 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 in a range of key areas.