Innovation Week Opening Event and Keynote Address from Professor Pete Lunn

11:00 - 12:30 at Online

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Opening Address, Robert Watt, Secretary General, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Keynote Address, Professor Pete Lunn, Head of the Behavioural Research Unit at the Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI):

Lessons from Covid-19: Using Behavioural Science in the Public Service

The programme has been developed with a public service audience in mind.


About the Speakers

Robert Watt

Secretary General within the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Robert Watt is Secretary General of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland. The Department has responsibility for public expenditure policy, capital spending and overall management and reform of the Irish public service. With the Department of Finance it manages the budget process and advises the Government on economic and budget policy.
Robert is leading a major public sector reform programme in areas such as procurement, shared services, digitalisation and civil service modernisation.
Robert is one of the principal advisers to the Government on economic, budget and financial issues. He was involved in the management of the Troika Programme and was a key adviser to the Government, on economic issues, since his appointment in 2011.
Robert is an economist and has experience in both the public and private sectors. He has worked in a range of roles within the Department of Finance as well as previously working as an Economic consultant. He is a member of the board of the NTMA and was a member of the Economic Management Council.


Professor Pete Lunn

Head of the Behavioural Research Unit (BRU) at the ESRI
Professor Pete Lunn is the founder and head of the Behavioural Research Unit (BRU) at the ESRI. His primary area of study is how people make decisions that affect their financial, environmental and health outcomes. The BRU has pioneered the use of experimental methods for addressing policy problems in Ireland.

At the beginning of the present pandemic, Pete was appointed to the Behavioural Change Subgroup of NPHET. His team have conducted multiple behavioural studies over the past six months designed to improve public communication about the virus and to support compliance with public health guidance.