March 2023

5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

004, School of Arts and Sciences


Applying Behavioural Science to Sustainable Development

Seminar and Lecture Series

Lori Foster

Industrial-Organisational Psychology
North Carolina State University and
University of Cape Town

The year 2023 marks the halfway point in Agenda 2030, an ambitious set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) meant to transform our world and pave the way for a brighter future for all. This lecture provides an overview of the SDGs and discusses the role of behavioural science in achieving the Global Goals. Professor Foster will begin by offering some historical context for the SDGs. The role of behavioural change and behavioural science will then be explored. This lecture describes how insights from applied psychology and related fields can and have contributed to the kinds of change needed to accomplish the Global Goals. Examples will be provided along with a discussion of Professor Foster’s work applying behavioural insights within and outside of government.


Lori Foster

Lori Foster was a former member of the White House Social and Behavioral Sciences Team, she also serves as a Behavioural Sciences Advisor to various United Nations entities. She currently serves as Head of Behavioural Science at Pymetrics, a company that uses neuroscience and data science to connect talent with job opportunities. Professor Foster is the President of the International Association of Applied Psychology. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA), the Association for Psychological Science (APS), and the Society for Industrial-Organisational Psychology (SIOP).