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 comprises of nine seminars incorporating the subjects of obesity, alcohol, sustainable behaviours, corporate behaviour change, travel, civic engagement and privacy/security.

The series is organised by the Centre for the Study of Behaviour Change and Influence (CSBCI) at UWE, 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.

Seminar schedule

If you are interested in attending any of the following seminars, then please click on the seminar title below to view the flyer. Alternatively you can contact Amy Beardmore for more information on +44 (0)117 32 87153 or e-mail

Spaces are limited so early booking is advised.

Topic  Date  Location

Seminar One - 'Behaviour Change': past, present and future

4 April 2014

Institute of Child Health, UCL, London

Seminar Two - Obesity, food and physical activity

11 September 2014

The Royal Society, London

Seminar Three - Changing alcohol, drug and smoking behaviours

27 March 2015

The Royal Society, London

Seminar Four - Approaches to achieving sustainable behaviours

21 September 2015

The Watershed, Bristol

Seminar Five - Corporate ‘behaviour change’

1 December 2015

The Royal Society, London

Seminar Six - Changing mobility behaviours

22 February 2016

Arnolfini, Bristol

Seminar Seven - Changing behaviour around online security and privacy

21 June 2016

The Wellcome Trust, London

Seminar Eight - Towards better civic engagement

1 December 2016

Bristol Aquarium

Seminar Nine - Cross cutting issues in ‘behaviour change’



Aims of the seminar series

The aim of the series is threefold:

  • To improve communication of behaviour change research evidence to policy makers - The series aims 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, this seminar series aims 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 - The series will provide 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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