David Halpern (psychologist)
David Solomon Halpern FAcSS (born June 1966) is a British psychologist and civil servant, heading the Behavioural Insights Team (unofficially known as the Nudge Unit) spun out from the Cabinet Office.
Halpern attended King's School, Rochester, before attending St John's College, University of Cambridge achieving a 1st in natural Sciences specialising in experimental psychology. He then went on to complete a PhD in social and political sciences, also at St John's College, Cambridge.
Halpern was a research fellow at the Policy Studies Institute (1991–94), a Nuffield College, Oxford prize research fellow (1993–96) and a lecturer in social human sciences at the University of Cambridge (1996–2001).
He has authored or co-authored four books as well as a number of reports:
- Social Capital (2005).
- Options for Britain (1996 and 2010).
- The Hidden Wealth of Nations (2010).
- Inside the Nudge Unit (2015) 
- The MINDSPACE report (Influencing behaviour through public policy), co-author.
- Benjamin, Alison (5 February 2013). "David Halpern: 'We try to avoid legislation and ordering'". Guardian. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
- "Whitehall 'Nudge unit' to be part privatised". BBC. 1 May 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
- "Institute for Government – our people". Institute for Government. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
- "King's College London Halpern". Retrieved 23 November 2016.
- "Eighty-four leading social scientists conferred as Fellows of the Academy of Social Sciences". Academy of Social Sciences. 19 October 2016. Retrieved 5 August 2017.
- "Options for Britain II". Retrieved 27 July 2014.
- Halpern, David (2015). Inside the Nudge Unit: How small changes can make a big difference. WH Allen. ISBN 978-0-7535-5653-5.
- MINDSPACE report (PDF). 2010.