Accelerating Behaviour Change for Sustainable Development

Event Name Accelerating Behaviour Change for Sustainable Development
Start Date 27 Mar 2019 1:00 pm
End Date 27 Mar 2019 2:00 pm
Duration 1 hour

Behaviour change will be critical to realise the sustainable development goals. Dr Kneebone will introduce the ‘spill-over effect’ — a phenomenon where participating in one behaviour can encourage or accelerate uptake of additional behaviours.

Drawing on her thesis work with the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, Sarah will describe how the identification and promotion of catalytic behaviours that leverage further change presents an opportunity for sustainable development practitioners, particularly around sustainable use of resources.

Dr Kneebone will also outline some of the proposed psychological mechanisms around spill-over and a potential method for identifying catalytic behaviours using behavioural similarity.

About Dr Kneebone

Dr Sarah Kneebone leads the education and training program at BehaviourWorks Australia. Her doctorate examined water conservation and water pollution behaviours in Australia and developed a decision making framework for behaviour selection and prioritisation. Sarah currently develops BWA training offerings, including program design, material production and delivery.

Originally from the UK, Sarah holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development (Imperial College & School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London), a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (secondary-level science, University of Cambridge), and a Master’s degree in Conservation (University College, London).

Sarah has worked as a formal and informal educator around the world, specialising in environmental education and education for sustainable development. She was the head of education and public engagement at the Oman Botanic Garden, where she established strategic interpretation and marketing programs, and built an education centre for schools focused on biodiversity conservation and sustainability.