Behavioural climate policy: Bringing theory into practice 11.5.2023

Time & Date: 10:00-17:30, May 11th, 2023,
Place: University of Turku, Finland (lecture room Pub5, Publicum, Assistentinkatu 7) & Online

We are pleased to announce an upcoming one-day workshop, “Behavioural climate policy: Bringing theory into practice”. The use of behavioural instruments in climate policy raises a range of theoretical, ethical, and practical questions. Furthermore, in the design of behavioural instruments, practical limitations curtail the full-fledged implementation of theoretical and ethical insights. This workshop brings together interdisciplinary perspectives on the use of behavioural public policy, including nudges and boosts, in response to the climate crisis.

The workshop is fully hybrid, free of charge, and open to all. Registration is necessary for attendance.

Register here by 9th of May for both online and on-site participation.


We have a wonderful line-up of talks planned, including:

Keynote: Natalie Gold (Honorary Professor in Behavioural Science and in Philosophy at Warwick; Research Associate at Centre for Philosophy of the Natural and Social Sciences, LSE; Chief Scientist and Head of Trials, Behavioural Practice, Kantar Public)

Keynote: Michiru Nagatsu (Associate Professor in Practical Philosophy, University of Helsinki)

Other speakers are listed in the schedule.


(Eastern European Time, UTC+02:00)

10-10:15 opening words, prof. Paula Salo

10:15-11:30 Keynote: Michiru Nagatsu

11:30-12:00 Coffee, tea & fruit

12:00-13:00 Session 1
12:00 Yavor Paunov (Philosophy, KTH Royal Institute of Technology): Boosts versus nudges: lessons from an online study and a competitive field experiment on energy conservation
12:30 Polaris Koi (Philosophy, University of Turku): Nudges interfere with choice sets

13-14 Lunch

14:00-15:30 Session 2
14 :00 Guido R. Löhr (Philosophy, Eindhoven University of Technology): Why we should moralize and not nudge
14:30 Jarno Tuominen (Psychology, University of Turku): Co-creation of Behavior Change Interventions: Challenges and solutions
15:00 Rebecca Zeilstra (Law, Utrecht University): Judging Nudging: On the Legal Assessment of Sustainability Nudging

15:30-16:00 Coffee, tea & fruit

16:30-17:15Keynote: Natalie Gold

17:15-17:30 Closing words

The workshop is part of the Nudging for Climate research project, which is an interdisciplinary research project, funded by the Strategic Research Council of Finland bridging behavioural and social sciences and philosophy in the study of behavioural instruments in climate policy. For more information, see

Methods of attendance


Zoom link and calendar invite will be sent out to people who choose the online attendance option in the registration. We encourage virtual participation to help decrease the carbon footprint of this event.

On-site at the University of Turku

Room information will be sent to people who choose the on-site attendance option in the registration. In addition to rail and bus connections across Finland, Turku (TKU) is connected to Stockholm, Rome, and Gdansk by air, and to Stockholm by ferry. Turku has convenient bus and rail connections to the Helsinki-Vantaa (HEL) airport, which connects to all major airports.

We are no longer accepting abstract submissions for this event.

For any questions about the workshop, please contact Polaris Koi at

Best wishes,
Polaris Koi & Kaisa Vuori