David Halpern is the Chief Executive of the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT). This Spotlight Talk will provide an insight into his work with the UK Government on the COVID-19 response, and how lessons in behavioural science from the crisis might be applicable to future interventions relating to climate change and the zero carbon transition.

David has led the Behavioural Insights Team since its inception in 2010. Prior to that, David was the first Research Director of the Institute for Government and between 2001 and 2007 was the Chief Analyst at the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit. David was also appointed as the What Works National Advisor in July 2013. He supports the What Works Network and leads efforts to improve the use of evidence across government.

Before entering government, David held tenure at Cambridge and posts at Oxford and Harvard. He has written several books and papers on areas relating to behavioural insights and well-being, including ‘Social Capital’ (2005), ‘The Hidden Wealth of Nations’ (2010), ‘Online Harms and Manipulation’ (2019) and co-author of the MINDSPACE report. In 2015, David wrote a book about the team entitled ‘Inside the Nudge Unit: How Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference’.

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Event for: Business professionals and individuals with an interest in Sustainability | Responsible Business | Environment | Behavioural Science | Climate Change | Net Zero


  • David Halpern

    Chief Executive, Behavioural Insights Team

Round Tables

  • Our Green Recovery Festival Spotlight Talks will feature a speaker presentation followed by an audience Q&A. These events do not include roundtables.


  • 11:00 - 11:05
    Welcome and introductions
  • 11:05 - 11:30
    Opening presentation by David Halpern
  • 11:30 - 11:55
    Audience Q&A
  • 11:55 - 12:00
    Closing remarks

Venue Details

The Green Recovery Festival events will be hosted online.

Who's Attending


Guestlist to be confirmed.