BehaviourWorks Australia is a leading behaviour change research enterprise within the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. BWA brings leading behaviour change researchers and practitioners together to translate research evidence into practice. 

Established in 2011, BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA) is now the largest applied behaviour change research unit in Australia. This growth has been achieved by working in close collaboration with a group of highly committed, industry-based partners who have helped BWA achieve its goals of breaking down the barriers that have traditionally prevented academic research from being translated into practice.

Problem-solving

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 from psychology to political science, behavioural economics to systems thinking, knowledge translation, sociology and education.

Over the past seven years, this dynamic research collective has delivered proven results on hundreds of projects across a broad range of areas including health, energy, water, waste, pollution, biosecurity, education, financial services and safety.

The BWA model

The BWA model allows university-based researchers to share learnings, techniques and expertise with their government and industry colleagues and to respond to challenges in an agile, open and honest way.

This has generated many new ideas and influenced the development of a comprehensive behaviour change methodology for effectively translating research evidence into practice. The BWA Method includes tools for unpacking problems, understanding key issues, actors and priority behaviours. It also includes tools for trialling, evaluating, modifying and adapting solutions before embedding them into policy and practice.

The BWA partnership model continues to provide organisational development opportunities on a scale without parallel in Australia and, being part of Monash University, means that BWA researchers are not only connected to multidisciplinary experts across the Monash campus but to leading behaviour change experts around the world.

Sustainable Development Goals

As part of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, BWA is committed to making an impact on bigger problems such as those articulated in the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). BWA does this by conducting research in the areas of health and wellbeing and providing knowledge on how behaviour change tools can be applied to SDG-related problems around the world.

We have big ambitions, but we know it works. Behaviour works.

Check out some of our latest projects here.

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