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UCL Behaviour Change Month Programme November 2012

  • What shapes human behaviour?
  • What stands in the way of long-term, positive behaviour change?
  • How can research inform the design of effective interventions to change behaviour?
  • Where should we most effectively intervene – at the macro or the micro level?
  • How do we measure behaviour change?

These are just some of the fundamental questions that were addressed in a series of cross-disciplinary talks, discussions, and workshops during UCL Behaviour Change Month in November 2012.

Behaviour change is increasingly recognised as key to human wellbeing in a number of areas: improving health, adaptively interacting with buildings and cities, making new technologies maximally useful to us and shaping our lives for the better through small and large political activity. Research into behaviour change draws on theories, methods and evidence from many academic disciplines. UCL Behaviour Change Month aims to bring these together to facilitate new collaborations and encourage and stimulate creative thinking.

UCL Behaviour Change Month 2012 was hosted by the UCL Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing and organised by Susan Michie (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology), Professor of Health Psychology.


Thursday 1 November 2012

Why do we behave in ways that make us ill, and what can we do about it?


Susan Michie (UCL Clinical, Educational & Health Psychology), Professor of Health Psychology

Rob Horne (UCL School of Pharmacy), Professor of Behavioural Medicine, Centre for Behavioural Medicine, Department of Practice & Policy

Professor Mike Kelly, Director of the Centre of Public Health Excellence, National Institute for Health & Clinical Excellence

Chair: Professor David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research)

Monday 5 November 2012

Interdisciplinarity, health and behaviour change – A half-day workshop

Convenor: Graham Scambler (UCL Infection & Population Health), Professor of Medical Sociology


Dr Henry Potts (UCL Centre for Health Informatics & Multiprofessional Education)

Dr Caroline Selai (Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience & Movement Disorders at UCL)

Dr Joanna Moncrieff (UCL Mental Health Sciences)

Monday 19 November 2012

Where next for nudge policy?

Details (pdf)

A UCL Public Policy Event

Chair: Peter John (UCL Political Science), Professor of Political Science & Public Policy


Dr David Halpern, Head, Cabinet Office Behavioural Insights Team

Professor Aidan Halligan, Director of Education, UCLH

Professor Andrew Dobson, University of Keele

Rabbi Julia Neuberger (Baroness Neuberger)

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Experimentation, Behaviour Change and Public Policy

Inaugural Lecture

Lecturer: Peter John (UCL Political Science), Professor of Political Science & Public Policy

Tuesday 20 November 2012

UCL Energy Institute Seminar

The myth of apathy: Going beyond behavior change

Speaker: Dr Renee Lertzman, Royal Roads University, Canada

Details and speaker's presentation

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Psychosocial Dimensions of Climate Change

One-Day Workshop

Thursday 22 November 2012

Nudging beats informing? Can technology really promote fitness?

Watch the video of the presentation


Ann Blandford (UCL Computer Science), Professor of Human Computer Interaction

Dr Henry Potts (UCL Centre for Health Informatics & Multiprofessional Education)


Yvonne Rogers (UCL Interaction Centre), Professor of Interaction Design

Dr Nadia Bianchi-Berthouze (UCL Interaction Centre)

Dr Elizabeth Murray (UCL Primary Care & Population Health)

Dr Licia Capra (UCL Computer Science)

Thursday 29 November

Was Churchill right? “First we shape our buildings, thereafter they shape us” – Winston Churchill, 1943


Nick Tyler (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering), Professor of Civil Engineering

Alexi Marmot (UCL Bartlett School of Graduate Studies), Professor of Facility & Environment Management


Dan Lockton (design of interactive technology to influence behaviour change)

Dr Marcella Ucci (UCL Bartlett School of Graduate Studies) on Active Buildings

Prof David Uzzell, Environmental Psychology, University of Surrey

UCL Wilkins Building, Old Refectory, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT, 5.30–7pm 

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