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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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Joining the dots on waste

October 9, 2019

Australia's waste crisis point by point

Think pieces

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...

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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...

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...

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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...

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Advancing science with a retreat

August 14, 2018

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

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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. ...

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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.

Think pieces

New year’s resolutions – not just willpower

January 4, 2018

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

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)

Think pieces

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

Think pieces

Right on the button

October 16, 2017

Digital tricks and behavioural insights

Think pieces

Fans, fanatics and fusion

October 4, 2017

How footy fans can shed light on fanatics

Think pieces

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

Think pieces

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...

Think pieces

Storytelling and behaviour change

June 28, 2017

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

Think pieces

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 ...

Think pieces

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...

Think pieces

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...

Think pieces

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.

Think pieces

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

Think pieces

If they don’t get science, get emotional

May 5, 2017

Scientists need to get emotional to explain what they do and why it's so important

Our partners

Evidence happened on the way to The Forum

May 5, 2017

BWA embarks on a three-year project to improve patient outcomes

Think pieces

Same flag, poles apart

April 27, 2017

As political polarisation intensifies, it seems even the US flag can trigger different reactions depending on your ideology.

Think pieces

A stock market tip: less is more

April 11, 2017

The more we worry about investment mistakes, the more we make (mistakes, that is)

Think pieces

Parents behaviour can influence their child’s reaction to pain

April 11, 2017

How parents react and behave during their children’s medical treatment can affect how that child perceives stress and pain.

Think pieces

What’s driving us in the gig economy?

April 6, 2017

What motivates workers in the gig economy? Behavioural science, apparently.

Think pieces

Are we changing things or are they changing us?

March 24, 2017

Will our behaviour soon be dictated by devices speaking in algorithms?

Think pieces

Seeing through useless scans

March 14, 2017

A behavioural insight into why doctors prescribe so many useless scans

Publications and Reports

The science of walking in others people’s shoes

March 10, 2017

BWA's Nick Faulkner has had a new paper published exploring the link between cosmopolitanism and empathy

Think pieces

The safety catch with guns

February 15, 2017

Fear drives behaviour, and gun sales

Think pieces

Not just a pretty face

January 31, 2017

Can celebrities influence our buying behaviours?

Think pieces

Tennis rackets: fixing the norms of match-fixing

January 18, 2017

An article on tennis match-fixing from a behavioural point of view

Think pieces

Dear Centrelink

January 13, 2017

BWA researchers have come up with a better letter