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Invitation to IESS International Seminar on Behavioural science for a circular economy

23 October 2018

The Institute for Environment and Sanitation Studies (IESS), University of Ghana, Legon, warmly invites the University community to a seminar by guest presenters 

Prof. Ramani Shyama


Dr. Barth Sanae


“Behavioural science for a circular economy”

Date:      Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Venue:    Auditorium, International House

Time:      1.30pm.


Presenters Profile

Dr. Sanae Okamoto

Dr. Sanae Okamoto is a behavioural scientist and is currently working for multiple international projects. She has expertise in behavioural science interventions and studies transitions to circular economy with focus on inclusive social innovation, and social entrepreneurship (Nudging for SDGs). She is also a researcher at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience at Maastricht University and has a background in psychology, neuroscience, and behavioural economics. She has vast academic and industrial experience in applying behavioural sciences to better understand human behaviour and nudge it towards diverse objectives such as sustainability, organizational change, and stakeholder engagement. She provides workshops and seminars for practitioners such as policy makers, university staff, and SMEs.

Her early research career focused on social dynamics in primates at Kyoto University, Japan; the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Germany; University of Louisiana at Lafayette, USA; and field sites in Republic of Guinea and Republic of Liberia. She received her MA in Psychology from Nagoya University, Japan and her PhD in Psychology from Maastricht University. As an assistant professor at the School of Business and Economics, Maastricht University, her area of research and teaching was behavioural economics, decision science, neuroeconomics, and psychology. She also has several years of business experience (intellectual property law and consultancy) in Japan and the Netherlands.

Prof. Shyama V. Ramani

Shyama Ramani's research focuses on the relationships between technology, innovation and their governance for inclusive development. She is currently studying the role of technology and innovation to attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and the corporate social responsibility of firms with respect to innovation for the SDGs. Her earlier work has revolved around three core themes: the impact of the national system of innovation on the creation of industrial competence; the use of patent and publications statistics as indicators of competitive position and comparative advantage for investment; and the creation of incentives for cooperation and coordination. Her methodology is varied, ranging from contextual analysis and case studies to the use of game theory for studying strategic problems related to innovation creation and diffusion. Dr. Ramani holds a PhD in economics from Cornell University, USA. After the tsunami of December 2004, she founded a charity action-research unit ‘Friend In Need’, which aims to improve sanitation coverage and hygiene conditions in rural India. It is actively supported by the field participation of European and Indian students. She is a serial academic entrepreneur who has also co-founded a profit unit (Tecknowmetrix, Voiron, France) and a non-profit (Sti4Change, Bangalore, India), but currently she is active only in 'Friend In Need'.  Finally, in 2017, she initiated, along with Dr. Serdar Turkeli, SITE4Society in UNU-MERIT, to bridge gaps between academics and society, via events and understandable publication briefs dealing with science, innovation, technology and engagement - for societal welfare.