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ABOUT US

We do the research that gives you the evidence

BehaviourWorks Australia is a leading behaviour change research enterprise within the Monash Sustainable Development Institute at Monash University. We bring leading behaviour change researchers and practitioners together to find behavioural solutions to social, environmental and organisational problems.

Background

Established in 2011, BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA) is now the largest applied behaviour change research unit in Australia with a large portfolio of projects completed in the areas of health, energy, water, waste, pollution, biosecurity, education, social inclusion, finance and safety.

 

This growth has been achieved by working in close collaboration with a group of government and private sector organisations which have helped us achieve our goal of breaking down the barriers that have traditionally prevented academic research from being translated into practice.

 
Persuading people is an art – and a science

 

BWA’s central premise is that most problems can be at least partially solved by influencing the behaviours that underpin them. By using insights from the behavioural sciences, organisations can avoid making misguided assumptions about the influences on behaviour (what matters to people) and the types of interventions that are likely to work.

 

Given the complexity of human behaviour, BWA employs PhD qualified researchers across disciplines of psychology, political science, behavioural economics, systems thinking, knowledge translation, sociology and education.

 

Many of our researchers have worked in industry and government and are well-placed to provide advice and support. They are also connected to a worldwide network of behavioural experts and are across the latest research, trends and behavioural theories.

 

The BWA Model

 

BehaviourWorks was founded on the belief that academics can learn a lot from behaviour change practitioners and that better solutions can be found when we synthesise academic theory with practitioner experience.

 

Many of our Consortium partners have been with us from the beginning and we seek to establish equally strong relationships with our project partners so that we can share learnings, techniques and expertise in an open, honest, agile manner.

 

The BWA Method

 

Our work with practitioners has influenced the development of a comprehensive behaviour change methodology known as the BWA Method which includes a suite of tools for unpacking problems, identifying and prioritising behaviours and trialling interventions.

 

The BWA Method is being prepared for publication.

Contribution to the Monash Sustainable Development Institute

 

Our Strategic Plan and growth strategy aligns with, and contributes to, the overarching goals and strategies of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute (MSDI) and, more broadly, Monash University.

 

As part of MSDI, BWA is committed to making an impact on social, environmental and economic challenges, such as those articulated in the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

 

Successful implementation of the SDGs will depend on behaviour change by governments, businesses, non-government organisations and individuals.

 

BWA, therefore, contributes knowledge on how behaviour change tools can be applied to SDG-related problems and conducts research in the areas of health and well-being. We are also developing educational products to build the behaviour change capacity of decision-makers around the world.

 

Photo top with thanks to Ray Che via Flickr.

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