James Walsh


James’s research brings data and theory from economics and psychology to understand how the systems that organise our daily lives can be more responsive to our motivations, belief systems, and social commitments. James has worked on the application of behavioural economics around the world – in Malawi, Lebanon, the United States, the United Kingdom, India, and Ethiopia. This work has spanned diverse range of policy domains, such as employment, education, health, conservation, and social cohesion.

  • Stories in Action  (2023) in Psychological Perspectives in the Public Interest (with Naomi Vaida, Alin Coman, and Susan Fiske)
  • Delivering behavioural change at scale: What conservation can learn from other fields (2021) in Conservation Biology (with Henry Travers, Sonja Vogt, Tom Clements, and E.J. Milner-Gulland)
  • The Third Function of Law Is to Transform Cultural Categories (with Karla Hoff) in Law, Economics, and Conflict Eds. Basu K. & Hockett R. (2021)
  • The Whys of Social Exclusion: Insights from Behavioral Economics (2018) in World Bank Research Observer (with Karla Hoff)