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Patronising behaviour at the Utrecht University: debate is needed

In the past months, the DUB (Digitaal Universiteitsblad, an independent news and opinion website from the Utrecht University) published a series of articles on patronising behaviour at the Utrecht University. It appears that some students and employees don’t feel free to say what they want, while others are actually happy that people at the university…

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Keynote Robert Dur at symposium “Conditie X”

Robert Dur is one of the two keynote speakers at the inaugural symposium of the section Social and Economic Psychology of the NIP (Dutch Association of Psychologists) on 8 March 2019. He will talk about the effectiveness and ethics of nudging in the policy domain. Link to event: https://www.psynip.nl/actueel/agenda/symposium-conditie-x/

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“Selling a kidney out of poverty is not the way to go”

In her latest column in the NRC, Denise de Ridder argues that although ‘dollars for your organs’ might increase organ donation, it’s very important to not lose sight of the ethical and psychological aspects of organ donation. The column can be read here (Dutch).

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Inaugural lecture Lars Tummers: “Towards effective and accepted behavioral change”

In his inaugural lecture, entitled (in Dutch) “Naar gedragen gedragsverandering”  (Towards effective and accepted behavioral change), professor Lars Tummers will talk about his research and future plans for the chair of Professor of Public Management and Behaviour. BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE OFTEN NECESSARY TO TACKLE SOCIETAL PROBLEMS Public administration scholars and psychologists must work together to achieve lasting behavioral change,…

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“Euros for your organs”?

On February 14, 2019 Denise de Ridder was a discussant of Johns Hopkins economist Mario Macis’ lecture on organ donation in Rotterdam during an event organized by Erasmus University, Royal Netherlands Economics Association and the Arminius Center for Debate. Whereas Macis made a case for incentivizing the donation of blood and organs by cash payments (‘euros…

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Honorary doctorate for Erik-Hans Klijn at Ghent University

At the 22nd of March 2019, professor Erik-Hans Klijn will receive an honorary doctorate for the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration at the Ghent University. This is a distinction for his high merit in academic education, scientific research and social or scientific services. More information can be found here and here.

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How to reduce meat consumption by engaging people

On January 24 2019, Denise de Ridder presented her view on engaging people with reduced meat consumption for the sake of sustainability during the Pathways to Sustainability conference at TivoliVredenburg in Utrecht, arguing that dismissing meat consumption as unethical behavior runs the risk of alienating people from engaging with the viability of the planet for…

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Article: Disclosing performance information influences street level behavior of inspectors

Recently, an article of Erik Hans Klijn and colleagues was published in Public Administration Review. An abstract can be read below. For further reading, follow this link. Governments use different regulatory instruments to ensure that businesses owners or “inspectees” comply with rules and regulations. One tool that is increasingly applied is disclosing inspectees’ performance information…

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Government should communicate differently about vaccination

On January 21 2019, Denise de Ridder presented her view on the declining vaccination rates and potential remedies to curb this alarming trend during a roundtable discussion with members of Dutch parliament, emphasizing the need for a novel behavioral approach to engage people who decline vaccination. [see pdf for a brief description of the debate,…

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Panel members at Cass Sunstein’s KNAW talk

On January 15 2019, Michael Faure and Barbara Vis contributed to the panel discussion on Cass Sunstein’s lecture at the Netherlands Royal Academy for Arts and Science in Amsterdam. The topic of the lecture was ‘Nudges and nudging: past, present, future’.

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