Spring is here and the policyshop round-up is back following a brief winter hibernation. Every week the round-up will be bringing you the latest news and announcements from the world of behavioral science and policy. This week read about Alice Eagly on diversity policy, a call for papers for the inaugural Ethical Systems conference, and a job announcement from the University of Virginia for a psychologist in the Batten School of Public Policy.


Alice Eagly, professor of psychology at Northwestern and President of the Society for Psychological Study of Social Issues in 2015 wrote an article for The Conversation recently about the disconnect between popular claims about diversity and the actual findings in the literature. The whole article is well worth a read, here's the closing paragraph:

Most advocates, policymakers and social scientists may not be aware of sharp divergence in their claims about diversity. Yet, policy based on sound social science should be a shared goal. Without understanding the causal relations in society that this research helps identify, policymakers lower the odds they’ll reach their targets. Policy based on myths and hunches has little chance of success. To achieve evidence-based policy, all parties should take a close look at what diversity research has produced so far. Rather than selectively featuring congenial results, they should work together to untangle diversity’s complex effects on group and organizational performance.

Read the article

Ethical Systems Inaugural Conference

Ethical Systems is a non-profit organization formed by 22 collaborators who are among the top experts in the world on business ethics and related topics.  The organization promotes research-based approaches to creating an ethical organization, with an emphasis on ethical culture and leadership.  Our aim is to break through several bottlenecks holding back business ethics, ranging from defining and measuring ethical culture, to establishing the field of business ethics as a cumulative science (you can read about these initiatives here).
Our inaugural conference, presented in collaboration with the Behavioral Science & Policy Association on June 5, 2016, will bring together leading academics, business people and compliance professionals to share and exchange research, resources and relatable strategies to strengthen ethics in today’s business world.  We will highlight to a diverse audience the best research on how to use nudges, norms and laws to motivate and improve ethical outcomes in organizations.

A postdoctoral research fellowship has been announced at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. This may be of particular interest to new psychology PhDs interested in more thorough exploration of how their work intersects with public policy, JDM, political science, and/or economics.


The Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia invites applications for a postdoctoral research position. The position is offered for one year, with the possibility of a second year appointment, contingent upon funding and satisfactory performance. In addition to carrying out his or her own research, the appointee will collaborate with one or more psychology faculty members at the Batten School (Eileen Chou, Benjamin Converse, Sophie Trawalter).

A PhD degree in Psychology or related disciplines with behavioral and policy relevance is required.

Strong quantitative, communication, and project management skills are also required. Applicants with a track record of publication are strongly preferred.

To apply, visit https://jobs.virginia.edu, search on posting number 0618372, and complete a candidate profile. Include a CV, contact information for three references, and a cover letter describing your research and research interests.

For immediate consideration, please apply by March 25, 2016. The position will remain open until filled.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.