As part of our ongoing research into emerging forms of behaviour change policy...
By Professor Rhys Jones I was recently invited to partake in a public debate on behaviour change and nudging, organised by the Sheffield Salon. A series of academics and social commentators presented their general views on behaviour change before being quizzed, in a Question Time format, on different themes that were of concern to the […]
We asked Chris Baker of the University of Chester and the William Temple Foundation to reflect on the notion of spiritual capital. We feel that the notion of spiritual capital has much to contribute to discussions about psychological capital and Mindfulness. Here are Chris’s thoughts: Spiritual capital is a newish term and mirrors the growing […]
Simple(r), the Future of Government, by Cass R. Sunstein New York: Simon & Schuster, 2013, x + 260 pp, $26.00 hardback, ISBN 978-1-4767-2659-5 This review has been written by Kayleigh van Oorschot of the Netherlands School of Public Administration. Kayleigh is on our Project Steering Committee and is also a co-author of the excellent report ‘Choice Architecture’ Cass Sunstein’s […]
The idea of psychological capital is becoming an important concept in our work. Here is our first attempt at developing a reasonably comprehensible definition of the term: Psychological Capital phrase (sometimes referred to through the abbreviation PsyCap). The idea of psychological capital is a relatively new term. The term is most closely associated with the […]
On 7th November Rhys Jones participated in the Sheffield Salon debate, ‘Nanny, Nudger or Therapist.’ The debate went well, and Rhys’ powers of rhetoric were put to very good use.
[Photograph Source: 123RF] We tend to assume that nudge, and the broader set of behaviour changing policies it is associated with, is a predominantly Western phenomena. The countries where we think the behavioural sciences have had the greatest impact on public policy constitute a familiar list: the UK, France, the USA, Australia, Denmark, Canada, the […]
Professor Rhys Jones recently gave a TV interview to S4C Prynhawn Da show in which he discussed behaviour change and the Welsh Language.
By Rachel Lilley Why is there suffering? Was the question asked by Gottama the Buddha over 2500 years ago. His subject of inquiry? His own mind. His methodology? Using his mind to pay attention – to itself. The Buddha’s greatest discovery, as one of the early brain scientists, was that he could liberate himself from […]
While working in the complex field of behaviour change studies we have encountered a lot of misunderstanding about apparently shared terms (including the notion of behaviour change itself). We believe that it is useful, where possible, to develop a transparent language for behaviour change studies. In this spirit we have decided to build a (wiki) […]
In early July the passage of the Human Transplantation (Wales) Bill through the National Assembly made Wales the first nation in the UK to adopt a presumed (or deemed) consent system for organ donation. On September 1 First Minister Carwyn Jones performed the official sealing of the Bill, which will now come into effect on […]