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Professor Daniel Sgroi: Plenary Lecture 2023: Measuring National Wellbeing in the Past

Professor Daniel Sgroi delivered the Plenary Lecture at the Economic History Society annual conference this year.

Thu 01 Jun 2023, 18:51 | Tags: Wellbeing

COPR Funding Opportunity

Wed 12 Apr 2023, 09:17 | Tags: Policing

BBS GRP Small Grant Scheme has reopened for applications!

The Behaviour, Brain & Society GRP Small Grant Scheme has now reopened for applications!

Fri 06 Jan 2023, 09:32 | Tags: Funding

Pump-priming Funds for Police-Related Research

The Brain, Behaviour and Society GRPLink opens in a new windowLink opens in a new window has granted COPR a small pot of money (£5000) to support Warwick researchers who are conducting interdisciplinary police-related research.

If you're a Warwick researcher and have a small pilot project, workshop, panel discussion, seminar series, impact activity etc you wish to launch between now and 31 July, 2023, and require a small amount of financial support, please contact Profs Jackie Hodgson ( and Kim Wade ( The fund is available to support pump-priming activities such as research assistance for literature reviews, pilot projects, uniting potential collaborators, or co-creation with non-academic stakeholders.

Send Profs Jackie Hodgson and Kim Wade a 1-page (max) outline of your project objectives, description of activities, intended outputs, timeline and brief budget.

The fund is available to support Warwick researchers at all stages in their career, including PhD students.

Wed 04 Jan 2023, 15:02 | Tags: Policing

WBIT Collaboration with LSE & UCL for Careers Fair

The Warwick Behavioural Insights Team (WBIT) are working with LSE and UCL to host the first London Behavioural Sciences careers fair for students across the UK.

The careers fair will take place on the 21st March 2023 in The Royal Society in central London. Through attending, employers will meet and connect with 200+ students from top UK universities who are passionate about pursuing a career in behavioural science.

More information on this event can be found here.

Tue 06 Dec 2022, 09:02 | Tags: WBIT

Call for Forces to Participate in New Research

Call for Forces to Participate in New Research

Rebecca Plimmer is a PhD student in the Psychology Department at Warwick University. Rebecca’s research explores the extent to which individual factors, such as officer and suspect demographic’s, behaviour, personality traits, and values, best predict attitudes about violence (e.g., rape and sexual assault/violence against women, racial discrimination, violent ideation) and decision making (i.e., use of force acceptability and reporting). Rebecca is aiming to obtain a sample of over 500 police officers from forces across England and Wales. Her project has received Chief Officer approval from West Mercia and the research is under review at West Midlands and Warwickshire Police. If this research is something you would be interested in taking part in, advertising, or know of any other police forces/contacts who may be interested in take part, please contact Rebecca (

For further information, see here.

Thu 01 Dec 2022, 13:53 | Tags: Policing

Congratulations to University of Warwick's Professor Andrew Oswald named as 'Nobel Prize class’ researcher

Professor Andrew Oswald, Professor of Economics and Behavioural Science at the University of Warwick, has been named a Citation Laureate by the prestigious Institute of Scientific Information, for his pioneering contributions to the economics of happiness and well-being.

Professor Oswald joins an esteemed group of world-class researchers to receive the honour, many of whom have gone on to receive a Nobel Prize. 

For more information on this, please see here.

Wed 12 Oct 2022, 15:38

Latest Results from World Wellbeing Panel Survey

In December 2021, members of the World Wellbeing Panel were asked for their views on two statements relating to the recently formulated concept of WELLBYs. As defined by the UK Treasury: “A WELLBY equates to a one-point change in life satisfaction on a 0-10 scale, per person per year.”1 It is related to the concept of Happiness Adjusted Life Years (HALYs)2, also called Happy Life Years, or Happy life-expectancy, for which time series exist.3 

The two statements were as follows:

(i) "The WELLBY cost-benefit methodology will soon become a standard tool for policy development and evaluations in the state bureaucracy of most OECD countries"; and

(ii) "The WELLBY cost-benefit methodology as it is now adopted by the UK and New Zealand bureaucracy will give a greater weight to mental health, social relations, and the environment in cost-benefit calculations than the classic economic methods it replaces."

16 of the World Wellbeing Panelists responded.

Thu 24 Feb 2022, 14:30

Dementia on the rise worldwide: An explainer and research roundup

Wed 23 Feb 2022, 20:20

Research reveals how people respond to government messaging about Covid

Sun 20 Feb 2022, 21:08

How behavioural experiments boost sustainable leadership

Sun 20 Feb 2022, 20:23

Global Issue of Mental Health

The cost of mental health conditions (and related consequences) is projected to rise to $6 trillion globally by 2030, from $2.5 trillion in 2010, according to a study published by the World Economic Forum and the Harvard School of Public Health. That would make the cost of poor mental health greater than that of cancer, diabetes, and respiratory ailments combined. Now, as people around the world contend with stress and social restrictions related to COVID-19, mental health has become a particular area of concern for policy-makers and health professionals.

Sun 20 Feb 2022, 20:19

When we see a politician smirk, we all know exactly what it means. At least we think we do, explains Dr Elisabeth Blagrove from the University of Warwick’s Department of Psychology.

Sun 20 Feb 2022, 14:10

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