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Research Themes

What are our Global Research Priorities?

Our Global Research Priorities (GRPs) unite researchers to tackle pressing global issues.

They create challenge-focused communities, bringing together and supporting researchers from many different disciplines. From energy to health to sustainability, our ten GRPs address some of the planet's biggest challenges.

We have close partnerships with third parties, such as policy makers, charities and industry. We provide seed funding for projects, and facilitate networking opportunities and other research-related events throughout the year.

What are our areas of research?

We have several research themes focused on the following areas:

Behavioural Finance

Behavioural Finance looks to understand investment patterns and customer behaviours. Our researchers investigate trends in decisions investors make and the affect this has on stock markets.

Judgement and Decision making

Decision making is the result of cognitive and emotional processes, which determine the selection of a course of action among several alternatives.


Understanding what drives wellbeing, how to measure it and how it interacts with other central socio-economic variables is an important part of the work of many behavioural scientists.

Behavioural Humanities

There is a long tradition of combining humanities with the behavioural and social sciences. This theme to encourage researches to draw links between art, music, literature and the behavioural and social sciences.

Strategic Thinking

Strategic thinking is what we do when we take into account the likely choices of others when we make our choice, knowing that those likely choices of others are themselves determined by the choices they expect us to make.

Behavioural Change

The areas our researchers focus on are how the brain integrates information to evaluate experiences and risk; as well always striking a balance between stability and context sensitivity in judgment and choice.


Centre of Policing Research (COPR) is an interdisciplinary centre uniting researchers from across the University. The Centre has built a police force network across England and Wales and offers a new approach to policing research.

Art and Perception

How can science explain artistic perception? We examine how psychology has informed artists’ perception, and how it can explain their visual experience and the pictures that express this.


Work in this area embodies a perfect example of the GRP’s aim of bringing together key researchers in neuroscience, the life sciences and behavioural science.

Climate Change

Our researchers seek to understand people's perception of climate change and the affect this may have on how economic policies are developed.

Natural Language Processing (NLP) and Behavioural science

Located at the intersection of behavioural science and data science, our researchers use language data in novel ways to solve difficult problems and aid understanding.


Behavioural researchers at Warwick have been actively engaged in seeking to understand inequality and injustice in society, whether this is in terms of income, opportunity or education, and to seek out the causes of inequality.


In an ever-changing world, survival depends on the ability to adapt. This theme investigates our ability to adapt from different perspectives, ranging from the biological to the socio-cultural.

Why behaviour, brain and society?

Global problems such as climate change, poverty, mental health, and economic stability all depend on human behaviour.

The Behaviour, Brain, and Society GRP is at the heart of enhancing and understanding human decision making and interactions with our environment.

Who is involved?

We have researchers from eight different departments. These include computer science, economics and psychology. We are experts in human behaviour. From how our brains work, to how societies behave.