Where can I find out about all the events happening in Behavioural Science?
Use my website, BE-Events.org, which is a free resource collating all the events in this area. Do feel free to add your own event to the site and you can add all events using google calendar with one click. If you are interested in sponsoring the website send me an email.
Can I hire you as a consultant or speaker?
If you email me a brief outline of what you are looking for here, I will respond within 24 hours. I am based in London but travel often to the U.S.A. (e.g. New York, San Francisco).
How can I hire a Behavioural Scientist into my company on an ongoing basis?
Many companies are now realising the benefit of behavioural science and I have helped many companies hire experts into new roles. Including hiring the Head of Behavioural Science at Ipsos MORI, as well as engagements for the Department for Work and Pensions and BI Worldwide. The website BE-Recruit provides a list of jobs, where candidates can also upload their CVs and sign up to job alerts.
Can you recommend an introduction to Behavioural Science / Behavioural Economics?
There are several excellent options. One of my favourite books on the topic is "Behavioural Foundations of Public Policy". There is a useful short guide edited by Alan Samson here. There are also excellent online MOOC courses such as those by Dan Ariely and Dilip Soman. There are also executive education courses offered at Yale and Harvard.
Do you provide help to start-ups?
I am very interested in the exciting world of Fin-Tech. I am currently on the advisory boards of two ambitious companies: Squirrel and Aire. I would consider being involved with other partners with offers of an equity stake or a clear data-sharing contract.
Can we chat about academic collaborations?
Absolutely! Always keen to hear from others interested in financial decision-making and related areas. I have exclusive access to many exciting datasets that are currently under-utilised. Email me and let's Skype.
I'm a student at UCL and would like you to supervise my Masters thesis?
I am interested in supervising projects in the following general areas (suggested secondary data sources in parentheses). These are not listed in any particular order. If you would like to work on a different topic, just send me an email pitching your idea:
1. How gamblers have different psychological dispositions compared to non-gamblers (transaction data and government surveys).
2. Charitable giving: a) Types of spending which most highly correlate with charitable giving, b) Different individual characteristics associated with giving to different types of charities (transaction data).
3. The differences between what people say they do in their financial behaviour, compared to what they actually do (transaction data matched to survey data).
4. Psychological characteristics of payday loan users (variety of data sources).
5. Understanding traits of people who use money-words frequently, using millions of Facebook posts (Facebook data).
6. Older people’s financial behaviour e.g. retirement attitudes (using English Longitudinal Survey Ageing survey data).
7. Mental health and financial behaviour (large-scale survey data).
8. Psychology of Phishing attacks (field data about phishing attacks).
9. Machine Learning – predicting private traits from transaction data (transaction data).
10. Financial Behaviour and Happiness (transaction data and government surveys).