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BWA News/Blog

Our news, plus a few thought pieces and observations from the world of behaviour change.

Covid-19 studies

Wave 3 SCRUB Covid-19 survey: Findings about Australians’ protective behaviours

May 22, 2020

Data from wave 3 of our COVID-19 Responses to Understand Behaviour (SCRUB) study show how protective behaviours, such as hand-washing, are dynamicall...

Covid-19 studies

Reflections on coming out of lockdown – from prisoners

May 20, 2020

What can US prisoners teach us about coming out of lockdown in a way that also breaks down our mental and emotional constraints?

Covid-19 studies

Covid-19 SCRUB survey wave 2: What are Australians doing and who are they listening to?

May 13, 2020

Waves 1 and 2 of the Survey of COVID-19 Responses to Understand Behaviour (SCRUB) project are giving policymakers actionable insights into public atti...

Covid-19 studies

Living survey to track Australians’ experience of COVID-19

April 8, 2020

More than 1,000 Australians were interviewed about their thoughts, feelings, experiences and behaviours of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Behaviour change PHD program wins major award

April 8, 2020

The Australian Council of Graduate Research (ACGR) has awarded BehaviourWorks the Award for Excellence in Promoting Industry Engagement in Graduate Re...

Covid-19 studies

Emotional and behavioural reactions to the unexpected

March 26, 2020

To address the emotional, cognitive and behavioural manifestations of the unexpected context that is COVID-19, we need to recognise, accept and work w...

Covid-19 studies

How personality influences your ability cope

March 25, 2020

What makes some people behave sensibly in a time of crisis and others go off in strange directions? It all comes down to personality traits, says PhD ...

Covid-19 studies

Social distancing or social connectedness?

March 25, 2020

In times of crisis, such as COVID-19, researchers argue that using labels such as 'social distancing' can make people feel even more isolated and anxi...

Covid-19 studies

A behavioural science perspective on panic buying

March 5, 2020

With supermarket shelves being stripped bare due to panic buying, two of our leading behavioural scientists talk about the psychology of this behaviou...

Publications and Reports

Are 4 bins the answer to Victoria’s waste problem?

March 3, 2020

Victoria's new waste policy came into effect in Feb/March 2020. Will it be effective? BehaviourWorks waste experts, Jenni Downes, explores the pros an...


Behaviour change 101 series: Five steps to select the right behaviour/s to target

February 26, 2020

At BehaviourWorks Australia, we're committed to improving behaviour change literacy. In this new series, we provide specific tips on how to achieve de...

Publications and Reports

Men’s behaviour needs to change

February 25, 2020

In wake of yet another major family violence incident, our researchers pen another important article in The Conversation on the need to shift attitude...

Little known gems

Little known gems: Spark Wave’s 10 Conditions for Change

February 13, 2020

In the first part of a new series ‘Little known gems of behaviour science’, we review Spark Wave's ‘Ten Conditions for Change' - a new framework for c...

Publications and Reports

Bushfire crisis a critical moment to encourage pro-environmental behaviours

February 3, 2020

The Australian bushfire crisis represents a 'critical moment' to use behavioural science to encourage individuals to act for nature.

Our research

BehaviourWorks Year in Review 2019

January 30, 2020

As a new year begins, it is worth reflecting on our collective achievements as part of a broader behaviour change community.


Behaviour change PhD candidates showcase work in progress

December 11, 2019

PhD candidates enrolled in the world-first Behaviour Change Graduate Research Industry Partnership program present their initial ideas and research to...


What can researchers learn from entrepreneurs? Part 1

November 14, 2019

The first part of a new series exploring what researchers and practitioners can learn from entrepreneurs.

Our research

Pathways to Transition to a Circular Textile Economy in Australia

November 14, 2019

A series of interviews with Australian fashion and textile sector industry experts has revealed that while many are employing sustainable business pra...

10 questions with

10 questions with a behaviour change practitioner Lily Tidy

November 14, 2019

A series where we talk to some of Australia's leading or emerging behaviour change practitioners. This edition with The Shannon Company's Lily Tidy.


Signs of change

November 6, 2019

A selection of behaviour change approaches that go beyond simply providing information to engaging audiences through creativity and humour.

Our research

Joining the dots on waste

October 9, 2019

Australia's waste crisis point by point


Giving justice a nudge

September 13, 2019

A 'Nudgeathon' on restorative justice


8 tips for developing and designing successful behaviour change apps and websites

September 5, 2019

Behaviour change platforms, such as apps and websites, are being eveloped to elicit a plethora of different behaviour change activities, from promotin...

Our research

First, do no harm

August 29, 2019

How do we stop overprescribing opioids?


One Size Doesn’t Have to Fit All

August 14, 2019

One of the achievements of behavioural economics was to overhaul the view of humans as selfish and rational creatures. But another assumption has gone...


The BWA Mini Method

July 5, 2019

Communicating behavioural science


Construal Level Theory: Going beyond your senses

July 4, 2019

Construal Level Theory describes the relationship between psychological distance and the extent to which people's thinking is concrete or abstract. T...


How to get patients moving

May 29, 2019

Dr Brea Kunstler has been 'working the room'; leading discussions on the ways in which physiotherapists can use behavioural insights to encourage peop...


Habits, they’re more important than you think

May 15, 2019

Around 40% of what you do is performed everyday in the same location, and around 70% of this is done without thought or deliberation. Unfortunately, t...

Our team

OECD report: BI means better policy

May 15, 2019

The OECD recently released a report on how Behavioural Insights can deliver better policies. One chapter was co-authored by our own Morgan Tear.

Our research

A protocol for better board behaviour

May 10, 2019

Effective health service boards keep our hospital systems running. But how do board members learn the skills needed to be effective and challenge them...


Want to know how to change behaviour?

May 6, 2019

Knowing HOW to change behaviour isn't easy. Thankfully, Susan Michie and her colleagues introduced a framework to help researchers and practitioners s...

Our research

Measuring public value

May 5, 2019

Nick Fawkner and Stefan Kaufman believe that it is important to be able to measure how government organisations generate public value, so they underto...

Our research

Social Systems Evidence

March 29, 2019

An important new initiative of the Monash Sustainable Development Institute and McMaster University, SSE will give decision-makers clearer evidence of...

Our research

Altruism that really clicks

March 15, 2019

Websites that encourage good behaviours are often less effective than websites that encourage purchases.  A new paper sets out to address this by givi...

Our research

Reflections on the research-policy-nexus

March 13, 2019

Following a 2018 roundtable on “Research Impact in Policy” at the 2018 Global Evidence and Implementation Summit, Wiley Publishing invited BehaviourWo...

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Grant for wearable device incorporating behaviour change

February 18, 2019

The potential of using wearable technology to tackle global health issues like diabetes will now be explored thanks a $2.15M grant awarded by the Aust...

Our research

What is Prosociality?

February 1, 2019

Understanding prosocial behaviours is important with respect to tackling United Nations Sustainable Development Goals; in particular reducing inequali...

Our team

Our GRIP wins its first award

December 13, 2018

Launched in 2018 and supported by Monash University and industry partners, the Behaviour Change Graduate Research Industry Partnership Program (GRIP) ...

Publications and Reports

Many labs make right work

November 30, 2018

Many Labs 2 is the latest in a series of international projects to see if influential psychology experiments can be reproduced.  Almost 200 psychologi...


A hypothetical ‘#Weetoo’ moment

November 19, 2018

Incontinence is a widespread medical issue which affects millions worldwide, but often not discussed because of embarrassment or social stigma.  The C...

Publications and Reports

Safer roads are no accident

November 14, 2018

A new book entitled, From Roadside to Recovery: The Story of the Victorian State Trauma System, details how a grim statistic – 1034 – was a catalyst f...

Publications and Reports

INSPIRE for better communications

November 13, 2018

Recognised as the first model of behaviour change specifically designed to help public administrators, BehaviourWorks’ INSPIRE framework describes sev...

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Game changers

October 24, 2018

Many human behaviours are being targeted by game-makers; healthy eating, medicine, coding, buying goods, using social media and education. BehaviourWo...

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The e-gains of e-government

October 24, 2018

Increasing the uptake of e-services is critical for government agencies like VicRoads, which handles a wide range of vehicle-related tasks such as ren...

Publications and Reports

A change isn’t always a holiday

October 11, 2018

A paper on the impact of Rural Retirement Migration explores the issues of retirees choosing to relocate to rural locations and the impact that this h...


Best behaviour before the Senate

September 26, 2018

The Australian Government has created a standard medical record - My Health Record (MHR) - which contains health information that can be accessed by a...

Our research

The truth about Honesty

August 31, 2018

It’s estimated that dishonesty costs society hundreds of millions of dollars each year. BehaviourWorks Australia’s Nick Faulkner reviewed the literatu...

Our team

Advancing science with a retreat

August 14, 2018

12 researchers. 3 days. 83,000 words. BehaviourWorks' Research Fellows take off on a writing retreat.

Our partners

Why we love this list

June 20, 2018

Sustainability Victoria has come up with a video campaign – the Love-a-list Challenge – to highlight how much of our bins contain avoidable food waste...

Publications and Reports

Doing well – and good – at the same time

June 13, 2018

With Professor Dave Griggs, BehaviourWorks Director, Liam Smith, has proposed a new system of giving. Under this system, anyone on a high annual incom...


GRIP launch successful!

April 20, 2018

Behaviour change needs a new cohort of PhD qualified researchers capable of working with industry. Monash University's Graduate Research Industry Part...


More Masters to influence change

March 28, 2018

BehaviourWorks Australia, working with the Monash Sustainable Development Institute, is delivering the first-ever specialised behaviour change unit. ...


A random approach to better science

March 19, 2018

In his new book Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Changed Our World, Andrew Leigh puts forward the case that randomised trials are sorely lacking i...


Staying AELERT to regulation

March 6, 2018

BWA presents some new behavioural tools at the Australasian Environmental Law Enforcement and Regulators Network Conference.

Our partners

Giving patients the ability to make decisions about their healthcare

February 28, 2018

Healthcare decisions can be complex. There are several contributing factors and multiple treatment options, which can place patients in complicated, c...

Publications and Reports

A conversation about oBikes

January 16, 2018

Obikes aren't the problem - it's our behaviours.


New year’s resolutions – not just willpower

January 4, 2018

Some tips on how to form good habits and stick to them


BWA gets busy in Brissie

November 30, 2017

BehaviourWorks gets busy in Brisbane

Publications and Reports

Giving Trauma The Lancet

November 8, 2017

Dr Peter Bragge is part of a Monash team identifying better treatments of TBI (traumatic brain injury)


The Wright stuff

October 25, 2017

Dr Breanna Wright at the ABAA Conference


Fundraising till it hurts

October 25, 2017

Why we're punishing our bodies for good causes

Publications and Reports

Some wins for Windermere

October 24, 2017

BehaviourWorks gets fast results on slow payers


A seminal seminar for change

October 19, 2017

Liam Smith presents behavioural science insights


Right on the button

October 16, 2017

Digital tricks and behavioural insights


Fans, fanatics and fusion

October 4, 2017

How footy fans can shed light on fanatics


A street car named dilemma

October 3, 2017

The Trolley Problem is heading our way

Publications and Reports

oBikes. oBoy.

September 22, 2017

Are oBikes a solution or a tripping hazard?

Publications and Reports

A message of hope – from marketing

August 23, 2017

Visiting academics Professors Andrea Prothero and Pierre McDonagh present key ideas from their work on how macro marketing can help sustainability.

Publications and Reports

An even more inconvenient truth

August 21, 2017

A BWA article in the Conversation asks if big issue docos bring about change


The Dark Side of Behaviour Change

August 10, 2017

An article on how we're getting savvy to being influenced


Does a Dry July change our drinking habits?

July 2, 2017

What does a month off the grog mean in terms of health benefits, awareness of dangerous drinking habits and cancer research? The evidence appears mixe...


Storytelling and behaviour change

June 28, 2017

Stories don't just take us away, they can bring us back to change our behaviour


Teaching young mindfulness

June 22, 2017

Mindfulness certainly sound like the answer to many behavioural problems, particularly for kinds, but what's the evidence?

Publications and Reports

Some nudges towards healthier eating

June 12, 2017

Four BWA researchers have written an article for The Conversation detailing some of the findings of a review into the best way to encouraging healthy ...


Online scammers – nature’s behavioural economists?

June 9, 2017

A recent episode of ABC Radio National’s The Money was devoted to online scams and the tricks that scammers use to defraud, humiliate and sometimes bl...


When everyone wins, most of us lose

June 1, 2017

It promised so much – but has the self-esteem movement created a measurable rise in narcissism and a generation of selfie-snapping millennials? And is...


Masters of the (sustainable) universe

June 1, 2017

The inaugural Master of Environment and Sustainability course is the first cross-faculty Masters course at Monash University. It’s also the first time...


Why stopping in public parks is called ‘loitering’

May 26, 2017

A new article reveals why Australian towns and cities don't have public squares

Publications and Reports

Public value is an actual thing

May 25, 2017

Can you put a value on government services? Yes you can.


The wolf at the door for renters

May 17, 2017

An article about rental apps that are marketed as fair but are actually forcing prices up