BehaviourWorks builds on strong foundations

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Professor Edwina Cornish, Provost and Senior Vice-President, and Professor John Thwaites, Chair of the Monash Sustainability Institute, will be launching an ambitious five-year strategy for BehaviourWorks Australia on 4 April.

The launch is open to anyone interested in behaviour change research and gives an opportunity to find out more about the work and future direction of BehaviourWorks Australia. Since it launched in 2011 in partnership with the Monash Sustainability Institute, EPA Victoria, the Shannon Company and Sustainability Victoria, BehaviourWorks Australia has been instrumental in developing and evaluating programs that explore different approaches to behaviour change in government and industry.

Bringing together the varied expertise of behaviour change disciplines, BehaviourWorks Australia research collaborations have resulted in a host of measures to increase sustainability from water conservation to managing energy demands.

The new five-year strategy will see BehaviourWorks Australia build on its strong foundations on achieving sustainability outcomes by focusing on health and workplace safety.

Director of BehaviourWorks Australia, Dr Liam Smith, said the initiative aimed to link Monash researchers with leading practitioners in government and business to achieve results at policy and industry level.

“BehaviourWorks Australia is the first of its kind in the country. By connecting interdisciplinary academics with government and business leaders who share an interest in behaviour change research, we are seeing the co-production of research and learnings that translate into, and impact upon, the programs of government and industry,” Dr Smith said.

At the launch, researchers and practitioners from various fields will give a glimpse into some of the research collaborations that have taken place at BehaviourWorks Australia, including the implementation of pilot programs to improve household energy efficiency and reduce illegal dumping, mapping the decision-making processes of new home buyers and using data and theory to promote cycling.

Dr Smith said BehaviourWorks Australia made the vision of translating research into practice a reality, through strong collaborations with a range of partners and other stakeholders.

“The launch of our new five-year strategy will see further exciting opportunities for researchers to collaborate with leaders from a range of sectors, so I urge anyone with an interest in behaviour change, from any field, to come to this event,” Dr Smith said.

BehaviourWorks Australia research forum and five-year strategy launch is a free event that will take place on 4 April at the Monash University Law Chambers, 555 Lonsdale Street. For more information, and to register, visit the BehaviourWorks Australia website.