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Dr. Bo Bernhard | 2013 Speakers

 

Executive Director, International Gaming Institute

Las Vegas, USA

Responsible Gambling Around the World

Countries and cultures are complex; but in an increasingly standardized gambling world (we can play the same electronic Sex in the City game in Malaysia as in Michigan), it is striking how often we still observe differences (for instance, in Malaysia, “gambling too much” tends to be interpreted through more religious lenses than it is in Michigan).To understand a gambling world that has never been so diverse — or more standardized — these types of cross–cultural discussions are crucial.

Historically, the “gambling problems” faced by the gaming industry were sin–related, mafia–related or simply related to the notion that gambling was an unacceptable type of leisure behaviour. Today, the problem gambling issue is one of the first questions asked of the gaming industry globally. This presentation will take an around–the–world tour to see how these questions have arisen in jurisdictions world–wide.

 

Dr. Bo J. Bernhard, Ph.D., is an honours graduate of Harvard University. His final undergraduate thesis on the impacts of the gaming industry on Las Vegas received magna cum laude honours. This thesis led him to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where he developed an award–winning body of work on gambling and society.

After receiving his Ph.D. at UNLV, Dr. Bernhard accepted assistant professorships in UNLV’s Sociology and Hotel Management departments, and in 2011 he was promoted to Executive Director at the prestigious UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI). A popular lecturer, he has won the University’s highest teaching award and was recently named the University’s Barrick Scholar, awarded to outstanding young research professors on campus.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Bernhard’s research has incorporated virtually every social–scientific methodology. His publications have been featured in the most prestigious business and social science journals and have emphasized an evaluation of gambling’s social costs and benefits from a perspective that blends macro insights from sociology with the micro and clinical applications of biology and psychology. This approach has influenced countless academics and policymakers worldwide and he has been invited to keynote at over 100 major conferences.

Dr. Bo J. Bernhard, Ph.D., is an honours graduate of Harvard University. His final undergraduate thesis on the impacts of the gaming industry on Las Vegas received magna cum laude honours. This thesis led him to the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), where he developed an award–winning body of work on gambling and society.

After receiving his Ph.D. at UNLV, Dr. Bernhard accepted assistant professorships in UNLV’s Sociology and Hotel Management departments, and in 2011 he was promoted to Executive Director at the prestigious UNLV International Gaming Institute (IGI). A popular lecturer, he has won the University’s highest teaching award and was recently named the University’s Barrick Scholar, awarded to outstanding young research professors on campus.

Over the course of his career, Dr. Bernhard’s research has incorporated virtually every social–scientific methodology. His publications have been featured in the most prestigious business and social science journals and have emphasized an evaluation of gambling’s social costs and benefits from a perspective that blends macro insights from sociology with the micro and clinical applications of biology and psychology. This approach has influenced countless academics and policymakers worldwide and he has been invited to keynote at over 100 major conferences.

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