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- 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.
- 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…
- 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…
- 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…
- 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.
- 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…
- 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.
- 18th Jul 2019
Improving consumer understanding of contractual terms and privacy policies: evidence-based actions for businesses
This guide is for all businesses who want to help their consumers better understand their T&C’s.
- 18th Jul 2019
Terms & Conditions Apply
Today we published our best practice guide on how to present contractual terms and privacy policies. Commissioned by BEIS, this guide is for all businesses who want to help their consumers better understand their T&Cs.
- 9th May 2019
Can we be more ambitious on sustainable diets?
Last week, a few doors down from where the Extinction Rebellion protests took place in Parliament Square, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) released its report on how the UK should transition to ‘net zero’ greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The key recommendation of the report is to up the…