Behavioural science and policy: where are we now and where are we going?

The use of behavioural science in policy has exploded since the publication of Nudge in 2008 and the creation of BIT in 2010. We were asked to reflect on the team’s work for a new issue of Behavioural Public Policy, and we decided to be open about some of the challenges with applying behavioural science […]

November 5, 2018

Reducing rent arrears in social housing

BIT has been working with Metropolitan1, a housing association with approximately 40,000 properties, mainly in East Midlands, East Anglia and London since early 2017. Rent arrears are a challenge for Metropolitan – as they are for many social landlords – with around 15-20% of Metropolitan customers in arrears at any one time. And with Universal Credit replacing […]

October 9, 2018

Calling all employers looking to improve staff health & wellbeing

BIT is looking for a partner organisation to take part in a new cutting-edge research project designed to improve employee health and wellbeing. This project is part of BIT’s ongoing collaboration with UCL and is free for organisations to take part in. Our idea When considering contexts in which health behaviours can be improved via […]

October 3, 2018

Using behavioural science to put charities on a surer footing

Although some recent controversies have cast the third sector in a poor light, the fact remains that Britain’s 170,000 charities are essential to providing both day to day support, and vital research funding, for worthy causes that millions of people care about. Despite this, and despite the fact that Britain is a very generous nation, […]

June 27, 2018

Why cricketers cheat (and you might too)

With offices in Sydney and London, and a good mix of Australian and English employees in each, we’ve been following the Australian ball tampering scandal with interest and sympathy (full disclosure: some of us find it easier to summon sympathy than others). As the fallout engulfs the most successful team in the history of the […]

March 29, 2018

Encouraging milk banking – please get in touch

Two weeks ago, Michael Sanders (BIT’s Chief Scientist) and his wife had a baby boy, Teddy. In this post, he talks about what happened next. They tell you that everything changes, and they’re wrong. I liked numbers before, and I like them now. Here are some: 750ml – how much blood my wife lost in […]

March 27, 2018

We’re hiring in London and Manchester

Associate Research Advisor – Data Science Permanent: 39 hours per week Salary: £25,840 – £34,960 per annum, plus benefits Based in Westminster The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) is recruiting an Associate Research Advisor, who will work in our Research and Evaluation team. In this role you will work within the Core Research Team to design, conduct and evaluate […]

December 7, 2017

Job opportunity: Research Assistant at Nesta

Research Assistant – Nesta Position: Part time research opportunity, 3-4 days per week from January – April 2018. Fee: £200 per day Location: Westminster Nesta are looking for an exceptional candidate to support a Randomised Controlled Trial in secondary schools from mid-Jan 2018 to around late April 2018. The project seeks to improve parental engagement […]

December 2, 2017

The world’s behavioural experts descend on Singapore for BX2017

Over the last couple of days, the Singaporean government hosted 400 practitioners from government, academia and business for the 4th Behavioural Exchange (BX) conference. The aim of the annual conference is to showcase the best examples from around the world of applying behavioural science to public policy. We have picked a few examples below to […]

June 30, 2017

Hiring, honeybees and human decision-making

Dozens of studies have shown that the choices we make over what we eat, how we save, and even how we vote can be affected by how those choices are presented: their ‘choice architecture’. Research has found, for example, that the order of candidates’ names on a ballot sheet can influence election outcomes (you want […]

June 29, 2017