Accredited training

Understanding Human Behaviour to Influence Change

Tackling sustainable development challenges with behavioural science

A specialised behaviour change unit within Monash University’s Master of Environment and Sustainability, this course feeds into the Master’s Leadership for Sustainable Development specialisation and can be taken as a stand-alone unit.


The 12-week course helps students understand individual behaviours and identify opportunities for change by learning how to:



  • understand and evaluate selected theories of behaviour including their historical roots, key conceptual notions, frameworks and current debates

  • diagnose the motives and drivers of individual behaviour

  • diagnose behavioural problems and develop prioritisation criteria and apply these to real-world scenarios

  • critically evaluate and apply a range of behavioural interventions to target priority behaviours

  • integrate principles for behavioural field trials and analyse the effectiveness of these trials

  • collaboratively design and effectively communicate potential behaviour change programs.


High student satisfaction 

BehaviourWorks Research Fellow, Mark Boulet (right), coordinates and co-delivers the unit, which has achieved Monash University’s coveted ‘purple band’ for student satisfaction for three out of the five years it has been running. Only around six to seven per cent of Monash University course achieve this score.


The teaching team, which includes BWA Education Manager, Sarah Kneebone, are renowned for being fun, friendly and supportive, with all course content underpinned by real-world examples of how BehaviourWorks Australia and other organisations tackle real-world policy problems by using behavioural insights and human-centred design.


For more 

This course is coordinated through the Monash Sustainable Development Institute. More details here.

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