ESRC seminar series

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) awarded funding for a series of seminars centred around past, current and future policy and research in behaviour change. The series comprised of nine seminars incorporating the subjects of obesity, alcohol, sustainable behaviours, corporate behaviour change, travel, civic engagement and privacy/security.

It was organised by the Bristol Leadership and Change Centre at UWE Bristol, in conjunction with partners from Capita, City University London, National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), On Target Consulting, University College London, University of Bath, University of Exeter, and the University of Manchester.

The seminar series is now closed with publications forthcoming.

Please contact Dr Fiona Spotswood at or +44 (0)117 32 81960 if you would like to find out more about the series.

Aims of the seminars

The aim was threefold:

  • To improve communication of behaviour change research evidence to policy makers the aim was to provide a platform for improved dialogue between researchers and policy makers, with the aim of establishing links for ongoing collaboration and a strategic research agenda across a range of behavioural problems.
  • To synthesise evidence and formulate innovative policy options by providing a forum for debate around evidence for behaviour change, it aimed to encourage policy makers and their advisors to engage with a broad range of thinking about how to change behaviour from a range of research disciplines.
  • To encourage interdisciplinary collaboration between researchers it provided a structured forum for the purposefully varied researchers to progress an interdisciplinary research agenda, and to debate a range of issues.

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