The Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science (PBS) brings together international experts at the forefront of behavioural science, to undertake research that seeks to understand, predict and change human behaviour.
Our work informs policy in the UK and Europe, including ongoing research relating to COVID-19. Experts in the field of behavioural science continue to engage with policymakers and private companies to inform and drive measures of happiness, behaviour change, inclusion and sustainability.
Experts in the Department have paved the way for the use of behavioural science research techniques to test cognition and behaviour, including those found in the LSE Behavioural Lab for Teaching and Research.
Work in the Department addresses the following broad themes and topics:
Our research is anchored in a shared evidence-based approach that is theoretically informed and policy relevant.
Expertise in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science
Professor Paul Dolan
Key areas of expertise: Happiness; public policy; wellbeing; behavioural economics.
Dr Matteo M. Galizzi
Key areas of expertise: Behavioural economics; experimental economics; health economics; behavioural experiments in health; behavioural science for health and pandemic responses, behavioural spillovers; behavioural data linking; external validity, generalisability, and replicability of economic experiments.
Dr Laura M. Giurge
Key areas of expertise: Behavioural science at work; the experience and use of time; gender diversity; field experiments; workplace innovations; productivity; happiness; work-life balance; power & ethics; decision-making; leadership development.
Dr Dario Krpan
Key areas of expertise: Motivation; embodiment; priming; perception; dynamical systems; technology; social cognition.
Dr Kate Laffan
Key areas of expetise: Environmental economics; economic preferences; subjective wellbeing; welfare; pro-environmental behaviour; consumer behaviour; charitable giving; volunteering; sustainability.
Dr Grace Lordan
Associate Professor, Director of The Inclusion Initiative (TII)
Key areas of expertise: Decision-making; experimental leadership; career success; inclusion; unconscious bias; behavioural science; gender equality; future of work; labour economics.
Dr Stuart Mills
Key areas of expertise: Nudge theory; behavioural economics; personalisation; digital economy.
Dr Cahal Moran
Key areas of expertise: Behavioural economics; prospect theory; life cycle decisions; microeconometrics.
Dr Michael Muthukrishna
Key areas of expertise: Assimilation; corruption; cross-cultural psychology; cultural and social change; data science; democracy; economic psychology; entrepreneurship; human evolution; innovation; intelligence; multiculturalism; cultural evolution.
Dr Jet G. Sanders
Key areas of expertise: Behavioural science; experimental psychology; cognitive psychology; time; public health; hyper-realistic masks.
Dr Ganga Shreedhar
Key areas of expertise: Behavioural economics; environmental economics; ecological economics; environmental psychology; conservation marketing; behavioural public policy.
Dr Ploutarchos Kourtidis
Key areas of expertise: Experimental designs; cognitive biases; decision aids.
Dr Georgios Melios
Key areas of expertise: Political behaviour; norms; beliefs; behavioural economics; protests; polarisation.