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  • Blog
  • 9th Mar 2022

How much are we willing to pay to make home heating greener?

When it comes to reducing emissions from the way people heat their homes (home heating is currently responsible for around 14% of UK emissions), the UK government (alongside many other countries) is betting a lot on heat pumps. We tried to understand how willing UK householders are to adopt a…

  • Blog
  • 26th Aug 2021

Three experiments to protect homes from flood damage

The most significant natural disaster risk to UK homes is flooding. And climate change is only compounding this risk. One of the most difficult aspects of flooding is its unpredictability. Floods can overwhelm towns and cities in a matter of hours as we’ve seen in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Oxfordshire during…

  • Report
  • 26th Aug 2021

Applying behavioural insights to support flood resilience

Flooding the most significant natural disaster risk to UK homes, and climate change is increasing the risk of flooding even further. Homeowners can minimise the risk of flood damage by taking measures to protect their homes (also known as property flood resilience measures).

  • Blog
  • 28th Jul 2021

What if a behavioural scientist redesigned climate negotiations?

In this blog post, we outline a few creative ways behavioural insights could be applied to COP26 in Glasgow – from lead-up, to opening day, to delivery of the conference itself. This is a tongue-in-cheek manifesto of how the conference would look if overzealous behavioural scientists helped organise it.

  • Report
  • 24th Jun 2021

Gender bias and performance feedback: a randomised control trial

In order to achieve gender equality in the workplace there needs to be a focus on reducing bias in, and improving the quality of, performance feedback for women. In this study we analysed the language used in 360 degree feedback reviews carried out between 2018 and 2019 for 4,328 senior…

  • Report
  • 18th Jun 2021

Supporting men to take longer parental leave and work flexibly

Whilst there are a range of barriers contributing to men’s lower uptake of parental leave and flexible working, one explanation could be that, while men privately want to take more paternity leave and work flexibly, and are supportive of others who do, they underestimate support for these behaviours among their…

  • Report
  • 1st Dec 2020

Guidance on conducting energy consumption analysis

The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) has developed guidance for energy suppliers on behalf of the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). It specifies key considerations for carrying out energy consumption analysis, BIT’s recommended methodology, and alternative methodologies. Our intention is to provide suppliers and other organisations with an…

  • Blog
  • 1st Dec 2020

New guidance on conducting energy consumption analysis

In partnership with BEIS, we recently published guidance to support energy suppliers in accurately analysing the impact of smart meters on household energy consumption.  

  • Blog
  • 4th Jun 2020

Regression to the bean: results from a randomised coffee trial

From the beginning of January (a timely moment if ever there was one) to the beginning of lockdown, three of us decided to settle once and for all the age-old debate: could we tell the difference between caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee? (No, no one had ever set the default of…

  • Blog
  • 27th Sep 2019

Designing emissions markets carefully

Professor Marty Weitzman, a giant in the field of environmental economics, passed away exactly one month ago. On his ‘month’s mind’, we reflect on Marty’s work on pricing carbon emissions.