Karsten Schmidt

Karsten Schmidt

Karsten Schmidt

Researcher and Project Manager

Email: karsten@inudgeyou.com

Cell: +45 60 48 48 98

Twitter: https://twitter.com/K_A_R_S_T_E_N_S

Karsten is researcher and project manager at iNudgeyou. He holds a master’s degree in philosophy from University of Copenhagen and University of California, Irvine (visiting), with special emphasis on behavioral economics, game theory and philosophy of law.

He is fascinated with nudging on both a practical and theoretical level. Practically, in the acknowledgment of how seemingly small interventions can cause major effects. Theoretically, in the realization of how nudges are often multilayered structures, drawing on human psychology (heuristics and biases), constructs (both physical and social) and human interaction (e.g. social norms, beliefs, habits and conventions).

When he is not occupied with academia he likes adventures – he has bicycled from Denmark to Scotland, hitchhiked from Vancouver to Toronto, cruised around the southwestern USA on a motorcycle, completed a marathon and climbed rocks in various places in Europe and North America.

 

Curriculum Vitae – Karsten Schmidt  

 

EDUCATION

2011 – 2013 MA Philosophy, University of Copenhagen Emphasis on applied behavioral science (internship in iNudgeyou/ISSP), social epistemology, social psychology, and research strategies.
2011-2012 University of California, Irvine (visiting) Emphasis on game theory, applied decision theory, social dynamics, social phenomena, and philosophy of law.
 
2008 – 2011 BA Philosophy + Law, University of Copenhagen Major in philosophy with special emphasis on ethics, political philosophy, and philosophy of law. Minor in law (rule of law, human rights law, criminal law), and micro economics (rational choice theory and game theory).

 

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

2011 - Researcher and Project Manager Responsible for a portfolio of projects in collaboration with various stakeholders aiming to apply and test behavioral insights in real world settings. Other tasks include public speaking, writing, attending meetings, team responsibilities, etc.
2013 – 2013 Research Assistant at iNudgeyou Assistant to Pelle Guldborg Hansen’s work in iNudgeyou. Primarily working on blogging and assisting in projects
 
2013 – 2013 Research Assistant at ISSP Assistant to Pelle Guldborg Hansen’s work in ISSP. Tasks include email marketing and conference planning.
 
2012 – 2013 Intern-in-chief, Internship at iNudgeyou and ISSP (Initiative for Science, Society and Policy)  Intern in the applied behavioral science group (iNudgeyou) under ISSP. Activities consisted of both academic and practical work in the initiative.

 

 

PROJECTS

2013 - Styrelsen for Arbejdsmarked og Rekkrutering/The Danish Authoriy for Labor Market and Recruitment Project Manager A project using insights from behavioral science in order to nudge newly unemployed people to start their job hunt earlier and being more constructive while doing so.
2012 - Erhvervsstyrelsen/The Danish Business Authorities Project Manager A variety of different interventions constructed, executed and tested – including rewriting letters,
 
2013 -  PostDanmark/Danish Postal Service Project Manager Developing and testing energy saving solutions amongst PostDanmark Employees.
 
2013 - Københavns Kommune/Municipality of Copenhagen Project Manager Preventing littering outside pub-environments in Copenhagen
 
2013 Københavns Lufthavne
/Copenhagen Airport
Project Manager We succesfully reduced inconsiderate smoking by more than 50% (See the full description here)
 
2013 VL-Døgn 2013/Danish Management Society Summit 2013 Manager of volunteers and execution of various on-sight experiments

 

 

PUBLICATIONS

2013 Pelle Guldborg Hansen, Laurits Rohden Skov, Andreas Maaløe Jespersen, Katrine Lund Skov, Karsten Schmidt: Apples vs. Brownies: A Field Experiment in Rearranging Conference Snacking Buffets to Reduce Short-Term Energy Intake (Fourthcoming)
2013 L. Rohden Skov, K. Schmidt, P. Guldborg Hansen, K. Lund Skov, B. Egberg Mikkelsen, F J A. Pérez-Cueto: The Smaller the Piece the Healthier the Consumption – a Choice Architectural Experiment in Behavioral Nutrition. Abstract: Annals of Nutrition & researcher Metabolism. Granada, Spain. 20th International Congress of Nutrition. PO3079.
 
2013 K. Schmidt, L. Rohden Skov, P. Guldborg Hansen, A. Maaløe Jespersen, F J A. Pérez-Cueto, B. Egberg Mikkelsen: Smaller Plates, Less Food Waste – a Choice Architectural Experiment in a Self-service Eating Setting. Abstract: Annals of Nutrition & researcher Metabolism. Granada, Spain. 20th International Congress of Nutrition. PO3080.
 
2012 Katrine Lund Skov & Karsten Schmidt: The Nutritional Impact of Buffet Defaults – an Experiment in Behavioural Nutrition. Science Poster admitted at Aalborg University, Denmark.
 
2012 Pelle Guldborg Hansen, Andreas Maaløe Jespersen & Karsten Schmidt: Udbedt svar for organdonation: Den rette løsning i en kompliceret verden, Dråben – Tidsskrift for anæstesi-, intensiv-, og opvågningssygeplejerske.

 

 

TALKS

2014-05-06 HK Kommunal. Fag og Fremtid Nudge – an Approach to Behavior Change
2014-05-05 VE-Net Seminar A Behavioral Perspective on Smart Grid/Energy
 
2014-03-26 Keep Scotland Beautiful, Local Environmental Quality Conference 2014 A Behaviour change perspective on littering – cases from Copenhagen
 
2014-01-15 Viborg Kommune Nudge – an Approach to Behavior Change. Health, exercise, motivation and habits.
 
13-12-10 Ry Højskole An Introduction to Nudge
 
13-12-05 Genbrugsplads-personale, Billund/Employees at recycling stations, Billund An Introduction to Nudge and Behavior Change
 
2013-11-20 Vestjyllands Højskole An Introduction to Nudge + guide to making behavior changing interventions
 
2013-11-13 TIDY Northern Ireland, Annual Litter Summit Nudging Litter Into the Bin – a Behavioural Perspective on Littering

 

 

LECTURES

2014-04-11 IT University, Copenhagen Decision making and tools for working with behavior change.
2014-03-11 Roskilde University The application of behavioral insights in public policy contexts.
 
2013-02-11 Aalborg University How to influence eating habits through choice architecture.

 

 

WORKSHOPS

2014-06-10/11 DJØF-kursus/Course for members of the Danish Law Practitioners and Economist Association   Speaker and Facilitator
 
2014-06-03

2014-05-08

Nordjyske tandklinikker

Hvidovre Hospital

Speaker and Facilitator

Speaker and Facilitator

2014-04-02 Genbrugspladsen, Middelfart/Recycling Station, Middelfart Speaker and Facilitator
 
2014-03-31 Forsikring og Pension/Danish Insurance Association Speaker and Facilitator
 
2014-03-18 Miljøstyrelsen/Danish Environmental Agency Facilitator
 
2014-02-28 Netværk Danmark/Executives’ Global Network – Denmark Speaker and Facilitator
 
2014-02-25 Haldor Topsøe Speaker and Facilitator
 
2014-02-20/21 DJØF-kursus/Course for members of the Danish Law Practitioners and Economist Association Facilitator
 
2013-11-25 KLK – Innovationsdagen/Local Government, Denmark –
Innovation Day
Speaker and Facilitator
 
2013-09-26 Local Carbon Economy Regions Facilitator
 
2013-09-03 Miljøstyrelsen
/Danish Environmental Agency
Facilitator
 
2013-08-23 Miljøstyrelsen/Danish Environmental Agency Facilitator

 

 

 


 

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Privacy Nudge: Cookies and the War of Information

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Featured, Karsten Schmidt, Society, design & architecture | 0 comments

Privacy Nudge: Cookies and the War of Information

A change of default privacy settings in a web-browser has caused a stir. This nudge, however, can show the way for liberty promoting nudges in the Internet age. In February, Mozilla, the non-profit, open source group behind the Firefox web-browser, sparked fury amongst online advertisers. The reason? A ‘patch’ in the privacy settings in Firefox was announced, though later postponed. The patch constitutes a nudge: In the future updates of Firefox, third-party cookies are by default not accepted when surfing the Internet, i.e. only...

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Nudge-Policy: Does the nudge-approach lack ambition?

Posted by on Feb 4, 2013 in Karsten Schmidt, Society, design & architecture | 0 comments

Nudge-Policy: Does the nudge-approach lack ambition?

The nudge-approach to policy making is an efficient and costless tool, as well as non-invasive on citizens' privacy and autonomy. But does it lack ambition?

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Green nudge: The classic social comparison experiment by Opower

Posted by on Nov 28, 2012 in Featured, Green nudges, Karsten Schmidt | 0 comments

Green nudge: The classic social comparison experiment by Opower

Social comparison has the ability to influence behavior - also when it comes to electricity consumption. Here is the story behind a green nudge with large impact.

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Thaler on risk and startups

Posted by on Nov 8, 2012 in Karsten Schmidt, Posts, Society, design & architecture | 0 comments

Thaler on risk and startups

In an online piece, Richard Thaler explains why tax cuts for high-income earners is not a cost-effective way to stimulate more business startups.

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A nudge for your washing machine

Posted by on Oct 17, 2012 in Featured, Green nudges, Karsten Schmidt | 0 comments

A nudge for your washing machine

GreeNudge of Norway has produced a video explaining a nudge designed to influence buyers of hard appliances in order to benefit the environment.

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When architecture meets nudging

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Featured, Karsten Schmidt, Posts, Society, design & architecture | 1 comment

When architecture meets nudging

Avani Parikh - a New York based architect - is working on a very interesting project in the nexus between built environment, prospect theory and nudging.

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The nudge-approach to paying off debt

Posted by on Sep 20, 2012 in Featured, Karsten Schmidt, Money, Consumers & Marketing, Posts, Theory & Research | 0 comments

The nudge-approach to paying off debt

Fundamental to the nudge-approach is the recognition that everyday-behavior is often better predicted on psychological, rather than hyper-rational assumptions. This has consequences even for kinds of financial behaviors.

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The WaterGuide saves energy with a smile(y)

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Featured, Green nudges, Karsten Schmidt, Posts | 0 comments

The WaterGuide saves energy with a smile(y)

We are pleased to come across a Danish invention that implements ideas from nudging into a fun tool for saving energy at home. It is called WaterGuide and is a perfect example on how you can nudge yourself to spending less energy while having fun. The invention is an attachment to your mixer tap in the shower. After installment it gives you live feedback – audibly with some encouraging sounds bites during your shower and visually on a little screen. The visual feedback consists of a lit up background in the easily recognizable traffic...

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