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Wednesday, November 13 • 4:15pm - 5:30pm
How the sciences of human behaviour can help us put knowledge at the heart of policymaking / Comment les sciences du comportement peuvent-elles nous permettre de mettre les connaissances au cœur de l'élaboration de politiques

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Panel Organized by: European Commission's Joint Research Centre / Centre Commun de Recherche de la Commission européenne

We understand the world through systematic observation. But to change it, issues and solutions must be identified and policies enacted. Advances in the behavioural sciences show that the idea of human decision-making as purely rational is inaccurate. Political targeting, disinformation, the rise of populism and polarisation make this issue more pressing than ever. During the debate, participants will discuss the evolving role of science and scientists in policymaking and exchange ideas about how the inclusion of values, emotions and social relations can allow evidence and reason to play their legitimate part in liberal democracies.

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Kristiann Allen

Senior Investigator, Centre for Science in Policy, Diplomacy and Society (SciPoDS), University or Auckland
Kristiann Allen has recently returned to academe as senior investigator at the Centre for Science in Policy, Diplomacy and Society (SciPoDS) at the University or Auckland. From 2013-2018 she served as Chief of Staff in the Office of the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister... Read More →

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Elizabeth Hardy

Senior Lead, Behavioural Insights, Impact and Innovation Unit, Privy Council Office
Elizabeth is Senior Lead, Behavioural Insights at the Impact and Innovation Unit (IIU), Privy Council Office, Government of Canada, overseeing the application of behavioural science to public policy challenges. Prior to joining the IIU, Elizabeth led the Behavioural Insights Unit... Read More →
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Laura Smillie

Project Leader of the European Commission's Enlightenment 2.0 research programme
Prior to joining the European Commission in 2017, Laura Smillie was the Director of External Relations at the internationally renowned institute, Rothamsted Research. Having successfully completed a Masters in European Communications, specialising in the psychology of cultural diversity... Read More →
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James Owen Weatherall

Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science, University of California
James Owen Weatherall is Professor of Logic and Philosophy of Science at the University of California, Irvine, where he is also a member of the Institute for Mathematical Behavioral Science and the Center for Cosmology. His latest book, The Misinformation Age: How False Beliefs Spread... Read More →
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Nat Rabb

Nat Rabb is a researcher in experimental psychology interested in causal reasoning, metacognition, and the collective nature of knowledge. He currently coordinates a study on the neural bases of misinformation at Tufts University and serves as a consultant to The Policy Lab at Brown... Read More →

Wednesday November 13, 2019 4:15pm - 5:30pm EST
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