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BWA News/Blog

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

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Leading our best research for your best life

November 26, 2021

We're working to change the narrative on spinal cord injury

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Want to make an impact? We have a tip you can use

November 18, 2021

Our matrix lets you see where to focus your behaviour change

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Responsible consumption: we’re on a mission

November 15, 2021

Our mission to encourage responsible consumption

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We’ve mapped out the future for peatland restoration!

October 6, 2021

Australia’s first evidence map to fast-track peatland restoration

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Audience research – common mistakes (Part 2)

September 23, 2021

Part 2 of our two-part blog on avoiding audience research mistakes

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Audience research – common mistakes (Part 1)

September 22, 2021

Part 1 of our two-part blog on avoiding audience research mistakes

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New insights could transform how we think about energy-efficient buildings

September 17, 2021

Small changes to building temperatures can create big energy savings

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The Women’s Summit and the power of lived experience

September 14, 2021

Listening to those who have lived through trauma can bring about change


What influences behaviour?

July 21, 2021

If behaviour has so many influences, which ones are easiest to change?


Behavioural Prioritisation: what it is and how to do it

June 22, 2021

Not all behaviours are equal - some are low hanging fruit, others require much more effort to change. Prioritisation is key to identifying which beha...


Overturning mistaken assumptions about behavioural problems with data

March 10, 2021

Intuitions and assumptions are not always reliable guides for designing behavioural interventions. In this post, we share some learnings from times wh...


Behaviour change for policy and practice. Let us teach you how

February 10, 2021

2020 vividly illustrated how behaviour change can be used to address wicked problems. BehaviourWorks has responded by developing a new range of traini...


How systems thinking compliments behavioural approaches in solving complex problems

January 28, 2021

Systems, actor, process and stakeholder mapping can be a vital step in helping us identify who/what is part of the problem - and who may be part of th...


Student hackathon to boost inclusion within councils

November 20, 2020

With the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre and the Wyndham City Council, our PhD candidates conducted a Hackathon on how to design solutions to in...

Covid-19 studies

SCRUB Round 10: Insights into Australians spending behaviour, mental health and access to services

November 18, 2020

In the 10th round of data collection, our Survey of COVID-19 Responses to Understand Behaviour (SCRUB) project probed the financial experiences of Aus...


Behaviour change 101 series: How to do a Practice Review

October 29, 2020

Practice Reviews seek to capture and collate insights from those who have direct experience in or of the problem under investigation. Their insights c...

Covid-19 studies

SCRUB findings Round 9: Australians’ compliance and attitudes toward COVID-19 vaccine

October 13, 2020

Almost 90% of Australians believe that they can follow COVID-19 related rules and regulations for as long, or longer, than is currently requested by a...

Publications and Reports

When news media and social media meet

September 26, 2020

A third of the worlds’ food is wasted each year. BWA researcher Mark Boulet recently published a paper tackling food waste in households.

Covid-19 studies

SCRUB COVID-19 findings Round 8: Australians are still complying but testing remains a challenge

September 23, 2020

The latest results from the Survey of COVID-19 Responses to Understand Behaviour (SCRUB) project reveal that more than a third of Australians with col...

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Spaghetti Soup – the messy problem of food waste

September 18, 2020

A third of the world's food is wasted each year. BWA researcher Mark Boulet recently published a paper tackling food waste in households.

Covid-19 studies

SCRUB COVID-19 Survey Wave 7: How the health and compliance of Australians is changing over time

September 2, 2020

Coronavirus outbreaks in Australia’s eastern states and in New Zealand are leading to a greater compliance in COVID-safe behaviours by Australians, th...

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Patient safety trials suggest small changes can have big impacts

August 18, 2020

BehaviourWorks Australia conducted six behaviour change trials as part of a VMIA Patient Safety Research and Innovation Program. The results show that...

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COVID-19 media outreach

August 13, 2020

Since the pandemic hit in March, our behavioural experts have been sought out by the media to provide expert opinion on the vital role of behaviour ch...

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A new measure of our connection with nature

July 23, 2020

Human relationships with nature – how we perceive, relate to and interact with the natural environment – have gained increasing prominence in the acad...


Behaviour change 101 series: How to do a Rapid Review

July 22, 2020

A practical guide on how to use Rapid Reviews to gather evidence for better decision-making.

Covid-19 studies

Australians fail to meet physical activity guidelines during pandemic

July 10, 2020

A survey with 1,084 adults in April this year on physical activity and sedentary behaviour during the pandemic found that the majority of Australians ...


Behaviour change micro-credential attracts strong interest

July 8, 2020

Our behaviour change micro-credential is up and running and attracting professionals around the world.


Behaviour Change Bootcamps

June 28, 2020

Behaviour Change Bootcamps offer intensive, group-based training to influential groups within organisations, allowing them to become skilled advocates...

Covid-19 studies

SCRUB project wave 4: Australians’ views on private gatherings, remote working and getting tested

June 24, 2020

As we continue to be inundated with reports of COVID-19 cases, recommendations and the latest updates on restrictions, SCRUB has been collecting data ...

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Avoiding single-use plastics in a pandemic

June 24, 2020

Just because plastic avoidance is a bit different now doesn't mean it can't be part of the new normal. In The Conversation, Kim Borg offers suggestion...


Emails vs letters. What works, when and why

June 12, 2020

When large numbers of people need to be contacted, we're often asked: should we send emails or letters? Well ... it depends on the factors at play. Th...

Covid-19 studies

How and why we decided to track Covid-19 behaviours

June 3, 2020

Monash Lens focuses on the remarkable work that two of our Research Fellows have done to help policymakers find the right messages to communicate thro...

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...

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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?

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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...


Four building blocks of a successful behaviour change campaign

May 12, 2020

Originally published by Apolitical, this compelling 'how to' by our health specialist, A/Prof Peter Bragge, provides some handy tips on how to make yo...


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...

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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...

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.

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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.

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Social Systems Evidence

December 20, 2019

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


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...

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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.

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Joining the dots on waste

October 9, 2019

Australia's waste crisis point by point


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...

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First, do no harm

August 29, 2019

How do we stop overprescribing opioids?

The Change Room

Change Room 12 – Dark Arts

August 22, 2019

The Dark Arts of manipulation for gain


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...

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Change Room 11 – Mind Games

June 14, 2019

Behavioural experiments are mind games - let's play


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...

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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.

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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...

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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...

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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...

The Change Room

Change Room 10 – Wheel of Bias

March 14, 2019

All our biases in one easy wheel. Take a spin.

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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...

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What is Prosociality?

February 1, 2019

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

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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...