2020 BEST Conference on Human Behaviour & Decision Making
In 2020 the BEST Centre held the 2nd annual “BEST Conference on Human Behaviour and Decision Making” on Thursday 13th & Friday 14th February 2020 at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane Australia.
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The Centre for Behavioural Economics, Society and Technology (BEST) is a national and international leader in applied behavioural research. The Centre draws on QUT’s expertise in Behavioural Insights, such as applied in economics and social marketing, while leveraging and amplifying QUT’s expertise in health, science, technology and creative industries. The BEST Centre brings together researchers interested in applying Behavioural Insights to address real world problems in close collaboration with government, industry and the not-for-profit sector.
The conference brought together academic, private sector and policy researchers to share, learn and collaborate on scientific research focused on understanding human behaviour, and how that impacts decision making and thus society more broadly. The workshop welcomed researchers from all fields, but not limited to, Applied & Experimental Economics, Social Marketing, Psychology, Sociology, Social Psychology & Evolutionary Psychology, Evolutionary Biology, Education, Health, Demography, Sexuality & Gender, Political Science, Religion, Anthropology, Scientometrics, Sports research, Engineering, Mathematics, Management, Business Studies, Creative Industries, and Philosophy.
View the information about the plenary speakers below:
- Professor Douglas T. Kenrick | Evolutionary & Social Psychology (Arizona State University) – The new pyramid of human motives and decision-making biases
- Professor Benno Torgler | Behavioural Economics (BEST, QUT, CREMA) – “Sins” of science and academia: Problems and solutions
- Professor Rebekah Russell-Bennett | Social Marketing (BEST, QUT) – New frontiers in social marketing and behaviour change
- A/Prof Dan Conroy-Beam | Developmental & Evolutionary Psychology (UC Santa Barbara) – Agent-Based modelling for Behavioural Science
- Dr Khandis R. Blake | Gender Psychology (University of Melbourne) – Sex, money, and gender roles: Interdisciplinary approaches to resolving gendered conflict
- D/Prof Dietmar W. Hutmacher | Biomaterials, Biomechanics & Tissue Engineering (BEST, QUT, IHBI) – Convergence of human behaviour research and biomedical innovation
With over 100 attendees, the event included the presentation of 54 papers (and 6 plenaries) from academics and industry professionals from QUT, Griffith University, UQ, UNSW, Monash University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, University of California Santa Barbara, Arizona State University, University of Canberra, University of Melbourne, Hitotsubashi University, University of Newcastle, Nanyang Technological University, Silesian University, Universitas YARSI, London School of Economics, Behaviour Works Australia, BETA, PM&C, Deloitte Access Economics and CSIRO.
Speakers from interstate and international institutions/organisations (7 Countries) including Australia (QLD, NSW, ACT & VIC), USA, UK, Poland, Japan, Singapore and Indonesia all presented at the event, and the list of keynote speakers can be found HERE.
The BEST Centre also offered several research student bursaries’ for Masters and PhD students to cover costs of accommodation to attend the conference and present. Awards were presented to:
- Saul Woodak (University College London) – Caleb Lo Memorial Award BEST Presentation;
- Francesca Luberti (UNSW) – Caleb Lo Memorial Award BEST Presentation;
- Angel Cooke (QUT) – Highly Commended Student Paper Award.
We were very proud of the success of this years event and cannot wait to welcome everyone back to the BEST Conference 2021!