UCL Psychology and Language Sciences


Centre for the Study of Decision-Making Uncertainty

CSDU is hosted in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences in the Brain Sciences faculty and in the Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy (STEaPP) in the Engineering faculty. It is part of the UCL Grand Challenges initiative collaborating across faculties to use UCL's vast range of experts to address the world's key problems. 

We bring together cross-disciplinary teams from among UCL's world class academic staff in all faculties. They undertake fundamental research and teaching focused on human responses to uncertainty - which we see as at the core of many of the complex intellectual and policy challenges which have become widely apparent since the Global Financial Crisis of 2007-9.

CSDU is the world's first academic centre to draw on an extensive international expertise in policy sciences, economics, psychology, psychoanalysis, neuroscience, sociology, anthropology, computer science, language sciences, political science, and statistics to develop theories of decision-making starting from the question as to how, when the outcomes of action are fundamentally unknowable, actors nonetheless gain the conviction to act.

We work closely with practitioners in finance, financial regulation, business, civil society and government.