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Liam Delaney

Professor and Head of Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science
London School of Economics and Political Science


Professor Liam Delaney is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at LSE.



Areas of expertise

  • Behavioural science
  • Ethics
  • Mental health
  • Nudge
  • Public policy


Liam Delaney is Professor and Head of the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics. His career has been focused at the intersection of economics, psychology, and public policy applications and he has developed a number of programmes in this area.

From 2017 to 2020 he was Professor of Economics at University College Dublin, where he led the development of MSc in Behavioural Economics and Geary Institute Experimental Lab. Prior to this, he led the development of the Stirling Behavioural Science centre and developed one of Europe’s first dedicated graduate programmes in this area. He was a Fulbright Fellow at Princeton University, and visiting fellow at the University of Sydney, and has also been an MSCA fellow.

He has published several papers on the connection between mental health and economic outcomes, measuring economic preferences, and ethical aspects of behavioural policy in journals such as Social Science and Medicine, Demography, Health Psychology, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Health Economics, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society, Economic Journal, Journal of European Economics Association, and Psychological Science. He is developing research projects across three areas: the ethical foundations and trustworthiness of behavioural public policy, mental health and economic policy, and the measurement foundations of behavioural welfare economics.

Along with Leonhard Lades he developed the FORGOOD ethical framework which helps organisations build behavioural science capacities into their functioning in an ethically robust and publicly acceptable way. He has delivered executive education and provided advice on behavioural science topics to dozens of organisations across the public and private sector.

He has delivered talks and training at many government agencies and corporations including the United Nations Innovation Group, UNICEF, Alltech, Novartis, Prudential, and many others.

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