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Applying Behavioural Science to Create Change


Do you want to understand human behaviour and how to influence it?

Do you want to create change, but don't know where to start?

In these challenging times, understanding how to influence behaviour is more important than ever. Our Applying Behavioural Science to Create Change microcredential will empower you to create the change you seek.


This 8 week online course will help you:

  • Understand the role of behavioural science in policy and practice
  • Understand human behaviour and the psychological drivers that influence it
  • Unpack complex issues with behaviour change frameworks and theory
  • Apply behavioural science concepts to key global and local sustainability challenges
  • Learn how to apply the BehaviourWorks Method to explore, design, and implement behaviour change interventions
  • Explore the role of behavioural science in policy and practice
  • Discover how behavioural insights can influence policy and decision-making

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Our Applying Behavioural Science to Create Change micro-credential brings together insights and experiences from a range of behaviour change experts. This course delivers 8 modules of content, including videos, discussions, papers and case studies, to enable self-paced learning.

Through guided activities and assessment, you'll have the opportunity to apply the behavioural science approach to understand, design and deliver successful behaviour change projects.

Take control of the change you want to create. Upskill in behavioural science and become a leader in creating behaviour-focused solutions.

14 September 2020 – 6 November 2020

SEPTEMBER Course

Assessed: $1800 (inc. GST)
Unassessed: $1500 (inc. GST)
Register before 31 July for a 10% early bird discount.

Module 1 – The ins and outs of human behaviour

Module 2 – Why we do the things we do

Module 3 – Practical models for practical methods

Module 4 – Decision-making blind spots: What are they and how to avoid them

Module 5 – How to explore problems with a behavioural lens

Module 6 – Getting to know your audience and what drives their behaviour

Module 7 – Designing interventions and measuring success

Module 8 – Taking behaviour change into the future

Upon completing all 8 modules, you will receive a certificate of completion. Learners who have met all assessment requirements of the microcredential are eligible to apply for six credit points for the equivalent Masters unit (ENS5520 - Understanding Human Behaviour to Influence Change) on admission to the Master of Environment and Sustainability at Monash University.

Is this for you?

Are you interested in upskilling or gaining specialised knowledge in behaviour change? This course is for you. If you have existing behaviour change needs, projects and ideas, or you're looking for affordable and flexible behaviour change expertise, this course will help you get started. It is also suitable for organisations looking to make positive and sustainable changes to workplace practices.

Lead of faculty

Filia Garivaldis

Filia joined BehaviourWorks in October 2019 and is leading the development and delivery of the Micro-credential on the application of behavioural science to facilitate behaviour change. Filia is also developing MSDI's Behaviour Change Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), endorsed by the SDG Academy, and is conducting research on behavioural readiness.

Filia is a founding member of the Monash Online Education Community of Practice (MOEC) and the Monash Online - Psychology Education Division (MO-PED), both of which serve to contribute to, and further develop and expand evidence-based best practice in online teaching, learning, and research, in line with the university's Digital Education Strategy.

View Filia's staff profile here.

Liam Smith

Liam is Director and co-founder of MSDI's BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA) and one of Australia’s leading authorities on behaviour change.

Formerly Director of Monash University's Tourism Research Unit, Liam holds a Bachelor of Science (Resource and Environmental Management) from the Australian National University, a Master of Ecotourism from James Cook University, a Master of Philosophy and PhD from Monash University.

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Sarah Kneebone

Sarah manages MSDI's BehaviourWorks Australia executive training program, working with public sector leaders to build capacity in applying a behavioural insights approach to policy development.

She's also a member of the teaching team for Monash University's Master of Environment of Sustainability course - Leadership for Sustainable Development, and runs the professional development program for BehaviourWorks Australia's award-winning Graduate Research Industry Partnership doctoral program.

View Sarah's staff profile here.

Guest presenters

Mark Boulet

Mark completed his Masters of Environmental Science at Monash University and his undergraduate studies at the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University.

In 2011, Mark was awarded an Australian Leadership Award by the prestigious Australian Davos Connection Forum.

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Denise Goodwin

Denise studied in the UK, obtaining a degree in Applied Psychology and Sociology from the University of Surrey and a Masters of Sport and Exercise Science from Essex University.

Her PhD, from Liverpool John Moores University, focused on the bio-psychosocial benefits of exercise in natural environments, a multi-method approach encompassing many academic disciplines.

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Lena Jungbluth

Lena holds a Master's degree in Global Change Management from the Eberswalde University for Sustainable Development in Germany and a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the Humboldt University, Berlin.

Prior to joining BWA, Lena worked in Germany on a project applying insights from environmental psychology to the transition of Germany's energy sector.

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Julia Meis-Harris

Julia holds a PhD from the University of Melbourne. She also holds Master's in Psychology from the University of Cologne (Germany) and a Bachelor's degree in Business Psychology from the Leuphana University Lüneburg (Germany).

Before following her interests in psychology, Julia worked as a finance and insurance broker in Germany. She joined BehaviourWorks in 2018 where she works predominantly with our environmental partners.

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Bernice Plant

Bernice completed her PhD in psychology at Macquarie University and her undergraduate studies at The University of Auckland, New Zealand. In her PhD thesis, Bernice looked at the effects of anti-speeding messages on young drivers, using a driving simulator.

Prior to joining MSDI's BehaviourWorks, Bernice worked as an Assistant Lecturer within the School of Psychological Sciences at Monash University, where she supervised graduate research projects in behaviour change and in creativity and innovation.

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Fraser Tull

Fraser completed a bachelor's degree in Psychology (Hons) from Deakin University and is near completing a PhD in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University.

Fraser joined MSDI's BehaviourWorks in 2014 and has been a Researcher-in-Residence with WorkSafe Victoria, Environment Protection Authority Victoria and VicRoads.

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Abby Wild

Abby Wild has delivered education and training and facilitated workshops for a range of audiences in higher education, government and private sectors. She has designed and taught courses in the psychology and criminology at Cambridge University, and has designed and delivered tailored workshops for BWA partners and clients on topics including designing evaluation frameworks, qualitative research methods, nature-based interventions and motivational interviewing.

View Abby's staff profile here.