Dr. Kai Ruggeri is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Policy & Management. He studies fundamental questions of population behavior and decision-making, with a focus on how how integrating behavioral evidence into policies can reduce inequalities and improve population well-being.
His recent projects involve behavioral policy studies focusing on large-scale data related to economic choices and related outcomes, which have been covered in media around the world. Collaborating partners include local and national governments, non-profit organizations, industry, and other academic institutions, in New York, various parts of the US, and abroad. Kai joined Columbia from the Department of Psychology at the University of Cambridge, where he directed the Policy Research Group that he founded in 2013.
At Mailman, his teaching is primarily in analytics, decision-making, behavioral policy, and managerial economics. He is always happy to meet with students that are interested in getting involved in these topics, whether on the research side, for policy, or in industry.
Kai also directs the Junior Researcher Programme, a global initiative for early career behavioral scientists, which is now partnered with the Global Behavioral Science (GLOBES) program he directs at Columbia. He is a Senior Fellow at the Centre for Business Research at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences. Kai completed his PhD at Queen's University, Belfast, in Northern Ireland.