BEST & TTPI Present: What's new in applying behavioural insights to public policy?

The QUT Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology in collaboration with the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute (TTPI), Crawford School of Public Policy and The Australian National University (ANU) were pleased to host, “BEST & TTPI Present: What’s new in applying behavioural insights to public policy?” in February.

This Show ‘n’ Tell event was held on-campus at ANU, Canberra on Thursday 25th of February, 2021 and included academics and practitioners in the field to highlight some of the exciting new knowledge in behavioural science.

View the Zoom recording of the presentation below:

About Our Speakers:

Professor Uwe Dulleck

Prof Uwe Dulleck obtained his PhD at Humboldt University Berlin in 1999. Before Uwe joined QUT he was a Professor of Economics at the University of Linz, Austria and an Assistant Professor at the University of Vienna. His publications can be found in the ‘American Economic Review’, ‘Journal of Economic Literature’, the ‘Economic Journal’, the ‘Journal of Public Economics’, the ‘International Journal of Industrial Organization’, the ‘Scandinavian Journal of Economics’, among others. His research has been discussed in the Economic Focus of ‘The Economist’, the Sydney Morning Heralkd and the ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung’ (the Sunday edition of Germany’s leading quality newspaper), among others. Uwe was awarded several ARC Linkage Grants and one ARC Discovery Grant. He is the Director of the Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology and a co-investigator of two Austrian Research grants. In total his research funding exceeds AUD 2,500,000). In 2015 Uwe was the Chairman of the Programm Committee for Australia’s Conference of Economists, the leading and largest conference for research and applied economists in Australia. He is an active public speaker on Behavioural Economics and its applications to Public Policy, Business Decision Making and Regulation.

Professor Rebekah Russell-Bennett

Rebekah is a professor in marketing and deputy director of the Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology (BEST). She has an international reputation for research and industry relevance in the field of Social Marketing (using commercial marketing to address social problems such as alcohol consumption,  chronic disease, water usage, electricity use, public transport and diet).  She is immediate past National President of the Australian Association of Social Marketing (the peak industry body for social marketing in Australia). For details of Rebekah’s Real World Projects in Social Marketing visit her Linked In Profile

Rebekah is also a leading educator in the field of marketing and is responsible for the development of the award-winning QUTopia role-play simulation at QUT. Rebekah holds a PhD in brand loyalty for the services sector,  is the co-editor for the Journal of Services Marketing and has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles with more than 80 articles in international journals.

Dr Stephen Whyte

Dr Stephen Whyte is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Behavioural Economics in the School of Economics & Finance, QUT. His research focus explores large scale decision making in mate choice settings. His work takes a multi-disciplinary approach in studying key sex differences in human behaviour, with work that bridges the fields of applied micro-economics, personality & social psychology, and evolutionary biology. His most recent research has explored such diverse topics as sex differences in nonbinary gender identification, male & female decision making in assisted reproductive & donor insemination medical environments, and preferences vs choice in cyber dating markets.


Associate Professor Mathias Sinning

Mathias Sinning is an Associate Professor at the Tax and Transfer Policy Institute (TTPI) of the ANU Crawford School of Public Policy. He is interested in the empirical analysis of issues related to labor economics, public economics and policy evaluation. His work has been published in Economic Inquiry, Health Economics, Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Journal of Banking and Finance and Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, among others.

Mathias has previously held academic appointments at the ANU and the University of Queensland. He has been a Visiting Fellow of the Office of Population Research at Princeton University and the National School of Development at Peking University. He is a Research Fellow of IZA Bonn, RWI Essen and the CReAM Centre at University College London. Personal website:

John Glenn

John Glenn focuses on assisting the public sector and organisations who work with them in the rapid establishment of initiatives, project turnaround and restructuring, complex negotiations and dispute resolution. Roles have ranged at all levels from operational line and project manager, through consulting to program director and senior executive in major corporates. Managed large-scale projects and led teams for Federal Government and industry in Australia, across Asia and in the US and UK. Worked in and with startups, with investors and major US companies.


Kevin Chadwick

Kevin Chadwick is an experienced energy policy analyst, behavioural insights practitioner, and PhD Scholar. He pioneered the use of behavioural economics at the Australian Government Department of the Industry, and now oversees policy applications of findings from a $2 million research program on energy consumer behaviour. Kevin is a member of International Energy Agency expert panels for Social Licence to Automate Distributed Energy Resources, and the Energy Sector Behavioural Insights Platform. Kevin has a Bachelor of International Business & Modern Languages (Joint Hons.) from Aston University in the UK, a Graduate Diploma in Applied Economics from the University of Canberra, and a Master of International & Development Economics from ANU. Kevin’s PhD research explores how insights from behavioural economics and social marketing can help deliver social benefits in the energy transition.



Location: Springbank/Canberry Room, ground floor, JG Crawford Building, Lennox Crossing Acton, ANU Campus.
Start Date: 25/02/2021 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 5pm
End Time: 8pm
Cost: Free
Organiser: BEST Centre