Behavioural insights and public policy: From disruption to sustainable growth? (8.45am, Wednesday March 25th)
Dr Rory Gallagher is Managing Advisor and Director of International Programs for the UK’s Behavioural Insights Team (BIT).
The team (commonly known as the 'Nudge Unit') was established by British Prime Minister David Cameron in 2010. It aims to use insights from the growing body of academic research in the fields of behavioural economics and psychology to encourage, enable and support people to make better decisions. In February 2014, the BIT was spun out of government as a mutual joint venture with the NESTA charity and the Cabinet Office.
Rory is currently working for the New South Wales Department for Premier and Cabinet, where he helped set up and heads the Behavioural Insights Unit. Rory has led a range of successful trials with the Office of State Revenue, Ministry of Health and the Treasury Managed Fund, ensuring a significant return on investment for NSW. He also led BX2014 – the world’s first behavioural insights public policy conference, held in Sydney in June.
Rory also provides advisory support to government departments in Singapore, and is a visiting Fellow at the Singapore Civil Service College.
Before heading overseas, Rory led the Behavioural Insights Team's work on countering fraud, empowering consumers and helping people find work, including through the development of large scale randomised controlled trials and authoring our Fraud, Error and Debt report. Rory previously worked at the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit and holds a PhD from Cambridge for his work on HIV/AIDS and behaviour change.