Nick Powdthavee

Professor of Behavioural Science

Nattavudh (Nick) Powdthavee joined WBS as Professor of Behavioural Science in 2016, after holding positions at the London School of Economics, University of Melbourne, Nanyang Technological University, and University of York. Nick specialises in well-being (or happiness) economics and behavioural economics, and has published over 40 articles in these two broad areas. Nick is currently serving as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Behavioural and Experiment Economics, and was the Chief and Founding Editor for the International Journal of Well-Being. He is the author of the popular science book called “The Happiness Equation: The Surprising Economics of our Most Valuable Asset”. For more details, see:

Umar Taj :
Founder of Nudgeathon™

 Umar is the founder of Nudgeathon. He is a Research Fellow in Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School and an Executive Teaching Fellow in Behavioural Decision Science at London School of Economics and Political Science. His interest lies in helping public and private institutions apply the latest insights from behavioural science to improve decision making. His current projects span the domains of HR, tech, health, finance, security, politics and education. He is also the founder of Behaviour Insight™ – a tech-based behaviour change solution that systematically identifies barriers to behaviour change and guides the user to develop successful interventions. He delivers regular training and facilitation workshops and has provided his service to over 50 global institutions. He holds a PhD in Behavioural Science from Warwick Business School and a MSc in Decision Science from London School of Economics and Political Science.

Daniel Sgroi
Associate Professor of Economics

Theme Leader CAGE, University of Warwick
Associate Member, Nuffield College, University of Oxford
Research Fellow, IZA Institue of Labor Economics, Bonn

Daniel’s early work was on learning and games, with applications to industrial organisation and finance, but always included a mixture of theory and experimental methods. More recently he has been working at the borders with psychology, attempting to understand how psychological traits, cognitive biases, mood, language and beliefs affect behaviour. Together with Andrew Oswald, Daniel leads Theme 3 of the ESRC-funded CAGE centre which seeks better ways to understand and measure subjective wellbeing (“happiness”) and related behavioural concepts. Daniel is also a member of the World Wellbeing Panel based at the LSE. To hear Daniel speak on the topic of historical happiness for BBC Radio 4 go here.