Policy Training Academy

Tuesday 3 December 2019 10:00am-3:00pm, Cottrell Building Court Room, University of Stirling

Policy Training Academy: Behavioural Economics and Public Policy Course

Professor Liam Delaney, University College Dublin and Stirling Behavioural Science Centre

Posted: 14 June 2019

On the 3rd of December, the Behavioural Science Centre will launch and host the first edition of our Policy Training Academy. The course is aimed at leaders in public policy who are interested in applying behavioural economics to organisational objectives. This time the course will be held by Professor Liam Delaney, founding director of the Behavioural Science Centre.


  • The basic ideas of behavioural economics including: how people make decisions; how they think about risk and their future; inertia and switching behaviour; social proofing; procrastination and several other relevant concepts.
  • The main ways that policy-makers can change behaviour and the practical and ethical issues associated with behavioural change techniques.
  • We will review several examples of how these ideas apply in the context of public policy and regulation. We will review a wide variety of applications in areas ranging from tax policy, pensions, energy efficiency and several others.
  • By the end of the course, participants will have a solid grounding in the key ideas of behavioural economics and their relevance to public policy.

A web shop will be set up soon but early reservation can be made by contacting Centre Director Dr. Conny Wollbrant