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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:


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.

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.

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.

Behavioural Ethics

Behavioural ethics is an emerging field drawing on different disciplines that seeks to explain when and why people cross ethical boundaries. Instead of focusing on how people ought to behave, behavioural ethics examine how people actually behave in moral contexts following a descriptive rather than a normative approach.

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.

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.

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.

Computational Behavioural Science

Computational behavioural science is a research theme that focuses on the use of formal methods to study and understand human behaviour. This approach combines theories and methods from various fields, including psychology, neuroscience, computer science, and data science, to develop computational models of behaviour that are used to make predictions and generate insights about how people make decisions, learn, and interact with each other and their environment.


Game Theory

Game theory is essential to understand cooperation, coordination, competition between rivals, negotiation, conflict and many other situations. Our research combines theoretical and experimental tools to shed lights on many aspects of human behaviour that involve the strategic interaction between individuals or groups of individuals.


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.

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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.

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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.

Learn more about our GRP Leads, and Theme Leads, here.

General Enquiries

If you would like to make a general enquiry, or learn more about our GRP, then please contact our GRP Administrator, Esme Long at:

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