Joana Sousa Lourenço is a Policy Analyst at the Foresight and Behavioural Insights Unit (FBIU) of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. Her work focuses on furthering the use of behavioural insights in EU policy-making, as a complement to more traditional approaches. In this context, she has supported several Commission services (Directorate-Generals Justice and Consumers, Financial Services, Energy, among others) with behavioural evidence in the context of concrete policy initiatives. Joana is a co-author of the recent European Commission's report on Behavioural Insights Applied to Policy (2016), focusing on the growing uptake of behavioural insights across governments in Europe and illustrating a number of behavioural policy initiates.
Joana holds a PhD in Cognitive Psychology from the University of Warwick (UK) and has also been a visiting scholar at Washington University in Saint Louis (US). In this context she has conducted experimental research on human cognition and ageing, which resulted in several first-author publications. Joana also holds an MSc in Experimental Psychology in its Applications from the University of Minho (Portugal).