ideas42 launches definitive online guide to Who’s Who in behavioral science

New directory of experts indexes top scholars

New York, NY. September 8– ideas42, a leader in using behavioral science to solve tough social problems today released the first comprehensive, interactive index of academic experts in the behavioral science research fields.

The directory serves as the first-ever Who’s Who guide to some of the leading academics at the forefront of behavioral science. Spanning several domains in research, it has the potential to connect policymakers and practitioners around the world with the best and the brightest academics in the social and behavioral sciences.

The ideas42 2015 Directory of Academic Experts features an introduction from Richard Thaler, author of the best-selling books, Nudge and Misbehaving, and an ideas42 advisor. A total of 99 prominent scholars are included, with research areas ranging from law and psychology to consumer finance, education, and international development.

The directory includes a filterable online tool housing in-depth biographies, selected behavioral insights, and digestible research summaries on each of the experts listed. The easy-to-use format facilitates a quick sweep of the active behavioral science landscape by university affiliation and research domain.

“At ideas42, we are passionate about the power behavioral science has to make a real difference in problem-solving and changing millions of lives. This free resource will facilitate new connections and problem-solving collaboration between decision-makers and the world’s brightest minds,” said Piyush Tantia, ideas42 Executive Director.

The interactive directory can be found at

About ideas42

We’re a leader in our field with unique expertise and experience at the forefront of behavioral science. We use this to innovate, drive social change and improve millions of lives. We create fresh solutions to some of society’s toughest issues based on behavioral insights that can be scaled up for the greatest impact. We also educate leaders and help institutions improve existing programs and policies.

Our work encompasses economic mobility, health, education, consumer finance, criminal justice, energy efficiency and international development. As a global, nonprofit organization, our partners include governments, foundations, companies and many other institutions.

At its core, Behavioral Science helps us understand human behavior and why people make the decisions they do. It teaches us that context matters, that asking the right questions is critical and that simple solutions are often available, but frequently overlooked or dismissed. We work to identify the subtle but important contextual details that can have a disproportionate impact on outcomes.


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