More Masters to influence change
Like a miniature United Nations
BehaviourWorks Australia, working with the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, is delivering Monash University’s specialised behaviour change unit and it’s proving to be even more popular this semester – last year’s enrolments have tripled from 15 in 2017 to 53 this year.
Called ‘Understanding human behaviour to influence change’, the unit is designed to help students understand individual behaviours and identify opportunities for change. Starting with behavioural drivers and models, students are introduced to behavioural economics, systems mapping, gathering behavioural evidence and onto designing and testing behavioural interventions.
Mixing theoretical and practical work, the ultimate aim is to create graduates who are strongly placed to unpack public policy challenges and provide strategic leadership in a wide range of policy and capacity building settings. At a quick glance, the current crop suggests they’re ideally placed to do exactly that – students include:
- Land managers from Ghana
- Government bureaucrats from Indonesia
- Students from Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands
- Advertising professionals from Brazil
- Science and agricultural communicators from Melbourne
- Insurance regulators from Singapore
- Ex sports journalists from The Age
With representatives from Africa, Europe, Asia, South America and Australia, expertise in government, communications, agriculture and regulation, this is a diverse and motivated group promising to make sustainable change a reality across different countries and professions.
We look forward to seeing how they develop their skills, and will report on their progress through the unit.