Posted on January 13, 2018

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has partnered with the College of Law & Public Policy at Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU) to design and deliver an innovative new programme focused on law and behavioural economics.

Developed by the SCs Qatar Behavioral Insights Unit (QBIU), the programme is currently being offered to final-year students on HBKUs Juris Doctor course. It will provide students with a foundational understanding of behavioural science and demonstrate how nudge theories can be practically applied to Qatars historic hosting of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, along with the endeavours of Qatar National Vision 2030.

Field experiments carried out during the programme will be supported by QBIU members, who are coaching students to help them with the design, implementation and analysis of their projects. Currently, 14 HBKU students are enrolled on the course and being taught by Dr Fadi Makki, QBIU founder, and Professor Georgis Dimitropoulos, from HBKUs College of Law & Public Policy. SC Secretary General Hassan Al Thawadi said that he was happy to see HBKU endorse the concept of behavioral economics in the run-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup. “This is a legacy initiative that will benefit HBKU students today and long after the last ball has been kicked in 2022,” said Al Thawadi. 

“By training them and giving them exposure to leading figures in the theory of behavioural sciences, real-life policy challenges and access to insights and tools, we are offering students something that no other university in the region can. “The SC will also benefit from the programme as the bright young students who take the class will apply their tests and theories to the challenges we face on a daily basis and the challenges we expect to face when the tournament begins in less than five years time.”