Research projects

Current funded research led by experts from the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science. Our projects contribute to multiple disciplinary agendas around the world.

Current research projects and initiatives

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The European Commission’s €10million funded PERISCOPE consortium to study the effectiveness of COVID-19 policy messages on compliance behaviours.

Project leads: Rebecca Bianchi (DoM), Dr Barbara Fasolo (DoM), Dr Matteo M. Galizzi (PBS), Nino Nizharadze (DoM), Sean Rooney (PBS) and Dr Miriam Tresh (PBS) as part of the LSE Behavioural Lab.

Funded by: Horizon 2020 - European Commission

Duration: 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2023

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The Database of Religious History (DRH)

The DRH is an independent academic initiative, based at the University of British Colombia (UBC), involving partners from all over the world. The aim of the DRH is to provide an accessible database for historical data to help researchers and policymakers expore attitudes to the world today.

Project leads: Prof Ted Slingerland (UBC) and Prof Michael Muthukrishna (Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, LSE)

Chief Data Scientist: Dr Rachel Spicer (LSE) 

Currently funded by: John Templeton Foundation

Explore the Database of Religious History.

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STARS-C: Starting from the bottom: Using Participatory Action Research to re-imagine local mental health services in Colombia

This research partnership, informed by co-production principles, aims to establish dialogue between community actors and health service representatives to increase access and the quality of provision to improve mental health and wellbeing in Colombian communities heavily affected by poverty and armed conflict.

Project team: Dr Rochelle Burgess (UCL), Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch (LSE), Dr Dario Maldonado Carrizosa, Maria Cecilia Dedios Sanguineti, Diego Lucumí Cuesta, Nubia Chacón, Diego Ferney Tovar.

Funding: ESRC/RCUK and Minciencias (Ministry for Science, Colombia)

Duration: 1 February 2021 to 1 June 2023

Find out more on the STARS-C website here.

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A Theory for Cephalopod Intelligence: The Alien Intelligence in Our Midst

Project lead: Dr Michael Muthukrishna (LSE)

Funded by: Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF)

Duration: 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2023

Find out more about A Theory for Cephalopod Intelligence on the TWCF website here.

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What's Up With Everyone?

In February 2021, this AHRC-funded project produced five Aardmen films to support young people's mental health awareness. The project is led by Professor Paul Crawford (University of Nottingham), with a team of advisors and in partnership with Academy-award winning Aardman (Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep etc).

PBS project lead: Dr Thomas Curran (LSE)

Funded by: AHRC

Duration: 1 November 2019 to 1 April 2022

Find out more on the AHRC website.

Visit the What's Up With Everyone website to view the films:

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Pathways to Reconciliation

Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch leads this UKRI project to investigate the impact of Schools for Forgiveness and Reconciliation (ES.PE.RE) on the psychological and social wellbeing of people living in territories hit by the Colombian armed conflict.

Project team (UK): Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch (PI), Dr Maria Cecilia-Dedios and Dr Natalia Concha.

Project team (Colombia): Dr Fabio Idrobo (PI), María Camila García Durán, Diego Salcedo, and Dr Elizabeth Borrero (Public Health Axis of the Santa Fe Foundation (FSFB)), Leonel Narvaez and Paula Monroy (Foundation for Reconciliation).

Duration: until December 2021

Co-funded by UKRI, Newton Fund and Colciencias.

Visit the Pathways to Reconciliation website here and follow @reconciliaLSECo on Twitter.