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Behaviour Change Research Prize workshop awards

Two new cross-disciplinary research projects have been awarded funding totalling £10,000 as part of UCL’s Behaviour Change initiative, in academic year 2012-13,supported by the UCL Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing. The projects were chosen following a two-day workshop in January designed to facilitate new scholarly partnerships and encourage novel research activity.

The UCL Behaviour Change Prize Workshop followed a series of seminars in Behaviour Change Month (November 2012) convened by Professor Susan Michie to discuss how research can support effective interventions that enhance our individual and collective wellbeing. The aim of the prize workshop was to stimulate new thinking and to catalyse collaborations across UCL with researchers who work on different aspects of behaviour change, and to create new research proposals.

The first project, titled Social (re)connection: choreographic architectural gestures in urban spaces aims to investigate how architecture can encourage people to engage with public spaces and other people to ensure that they have social connection and wellbeing. A creative design intervention will be installed in a busy public place to enable researchers to study how people interact with the installation, and each other, and the implications for urban design.

The second project, titled How can reflection change patterns of consumption will study how self-reflection effects behaviour around buying and consuming goods. Through focus groups, workshops, and a smartphone ‘consumption diary’, participants will be encouraged to reflect on their behaviour as consumers, and how consumption patterns affect local and global societies.

Social (re)connection: choreographic architectural gestures in urban spaces

Principal investigators: Dr Claire McAndrew (UCL Bartlett School of Graduate Studies) and Sonali Wayal (UCL Primary Care & Population Health).

How can reflection change patterns of consumption?

Principal investigators: Mariana Huepe (UCL Development Planning Unit), Charlie Morris-Marsham (UCL Energy Institute), Heide Poestges (UCL Epidemiology & Public Health), Antonio Silva (UCL Anthropology).

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