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The case for turkey sandwiches, and other food for thought this Christmas

With Christmas around the corner, many of us in the UK find ourselves frantically purchasing vast amounts of food. Turkeys, Christmas puddings, mince pies – all must-haves for Christmas day. Unilever estimated that during Christmas, on average, 263,000 turkeys, 740,000 slices of Christmas pudding and 7.5 million mince pies go to waste in the UK. […]

December 22, 2017

BIT Partners Win $100 Million Grant from MacArthur Foundation

We are delighted to announce that our partners at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and Sesame Workshop have been selected as the winners of the MacArthur Foundation’s 100&Change Challenge, a groundbreaking award providing $100 million to fund a critical problem facing the world today. IRC and Sesame Workshop have teamed up to develop the winning […]

December 21, 2017

BIT recruiting for new Chairperson

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking to appoint an Independent non-executive Chairperson to the Board. As we move forward with our 2020 Strategy we are looking for someone with strong and effective leadership ability to help underpin and support our plans for the next three years. The Chair will work with the Chief Executive to help […]

December 21, 2017

Why ethics matter online

Introduction Aristotle was not on Snapchat. We can only speculate about what would have been on Lao Tzu’s Tumblr. And Marcus Aurelius, mercifully, never had to update his Instagram Story. But although the world of apps and social media would have been alien to history’s great ethicists, the converse doesn’t have to be true: ethics […]

December 19, 2017

When should you bring a child to hospital?

There are obvious answers. Any child should go to an emergency department if they’ve been knocked unconscious or are struggling to breath. For less serious problems, like broken bones and infections, they can go to minor injuries units and urgent care centres. However, the majority of children do not attend paediatric emergency departments (PED) because […]

December 19, 2017

New Zealand, new Government…

For all the popular commentary about shortcomings of democracy, there is something quite remarkable, and admirable, about a nation smoothly changing its leadership at the behest of its people. Just back from Wellington, where it was a buzz of excitement and meetings, including around BIT’s newest office staffed by Lee McCauley and Veerle Snijders in […]

December 15, 2017

Join us in Australia: new Associate Advisor role

If you are passionate about applying behavioural insights to improve outcomes for individuals and organisations, apply to join us in Sydney as an Associate Advisor. Located in the Sydney CBD, we work in a fast-paced and exciting environment, but have a relaxed and non-hierarchical culture. As an Associate Advisor, you will: Assist in the design […]

December 15, 2017

Data science at BIT – first year report

This morning sees the publication of BIT’s first data science report. It marks the culmination of twelve months of work by our data science team, which was inaugurated in January 2017. The team have worked across policy areas from education to health to children’s social care and road safety, and made use of techniques including […]

December 14, 2017

Work with us: new Associate Research Advisor roles

We’re pleased two advertise two new roles in our London office: Associate Research Advisor (Home Affairs and International Programmes) The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is looking for an excellent candidate to join us as an Associate Research Advisor in our Home Affairs and International Programmes team in London. The successful applicant will work on a broad range […]

December 13, 2017

We’re hiring in London and Manchester

Associate Research Advisor – Data Science Permanent: 39 hours per week Salary: £25,840 – £34,960 per annum, plus benefits Based in Westminster The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is recruiting an Associate Research Advisor, who will work in our Research and Evaluation team. In this role you will work within the Core Research Team to design, conduct and evaluate […]

December 7, 2017