The Changing Behaviours research group provides insight on why and how people make decisions on climate-related activities, with a view to helping researchers, policymakers and businesses identify effective interventions to promote environmentally-friendly behaviours among citizens and firms.
Researchers from this group explore the behavioural mechanisms on which policymakers and businesses can capitalize to improve the private provision of environmental goods (such as switching to environmentally friendly practices and technologies) at least cost. They aim to identify opportunities to apply behavioural and experimental economics to inform environmental policies and practices.
To this end, researchers from this group study attitudes to new business practices, different consumer behaviours, novel technologies and environmental risks. More broadly, they also explore the context of the political economy in which decisions by individuals in the public and private sector – consumers, workers and decision-makers – are made. These insights can help researchers, policymakers and businesses to identify effective interventions to promote climate-friendly decisions.
Communicating resourcefully: A natural field experiment on environmental framing and cognitive dissonance in going paperless
Following a study of customers of a renewable energy provider in the UK, this paper explores the potential for environmental information and dissonance-inducing messaging to encourage resourceful behaviour, finding that such information and imagery are ineffective in inducing behaviour change. read more »
Submission to the inquiry by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee on ‘Heatwaves: Adapting to Climate Change’
This submission to the Environmental Audit Committee's inquiry on ‘Heatwaves: Adapting to Climate Change’ focuses on the importance of communicating with the public to raise awareness of the increasing incidence of heatwaves. read more »
- Letter to Congressman Lamar Smith in regard to the testimony given by Dr Bjorn Lomborg to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology
- Conducting Global Climate Change Negotiations
- Submission to inquiry on ‘Climate: public understanding and policy implications’ by the House of Commons Select Committee on Science and Technology
What affects how compliant businesses are with environmental regulations? Traditional enforcement measures such as fines and inspections by authorities can be an effective deterrent for rule-breaking. Recent research has also … read more »