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

Covid-19 studies

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...

PhD projects

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...

How-Tos

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 ...

Education

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.

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 ...

Covid-19 studies

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...

How-Tos

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...

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...

How-Tos

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...

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.

Education

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...

How-Tos

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.

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.

Education

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...

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.

Our research

Joining the dots on waste

October 9, 2019

Australia's waste crisis point by point

How-Tos

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?

How-Tos

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...

Education

The BWA Mini Method

July 5, 2019

Communicating behavioural science

How-Tos

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-Tos

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...

How-Tos

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...

How-Tos

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...

Our research

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...

Presentations

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...

Our research

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...

Our research

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...

Presentations

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...

Education

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...

Education

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. ...

How-Tos

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...

Presentations

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.

Presentations

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)

Presentations

The Wright stuff

October 25, 2017

Dr Breanna Wright at the ABAA Conference

Publications and Reports

Some wins for Windermere

October 24, 2017

BehaviourWorks gets fast results on slow payers

Presentations

A seminal seminar for change

October 19, 2017

Liam Smith presents behavioural science insights

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

How-Tos

The Dark Side of Behaviour Change

August 10, 2017

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

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 ...

Education

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...

Publications and Reports

Public value is an actual thing

May 25, 2017

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

Our partners

Evidence happened on the way to The Forum

May 5, 2017

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

Presentations

Brad helps the hackers in Bendigo

April 13, 2017

The Smart Cities Plan aims to position our cities to succeed in the 21st Century by “supporting productive, accessible, livable cities that attract ta...

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