UCD Behavioural Science & Policy Group

UCD Behavioural Science & Policy Group2018-07-27T15:26:47+00:00
  • Paid Research Experience Posts

    There is an opportunity for paid research experience assisting the development of the behavioural science and policy research group at UCD working with Professor Liam Delaney.

  • Professor Andrew Oswald: The Midlife Crisis in Humans and Other Animals

    Professor Andrew Oswald will speak at UCD Geary Institute on June 5th from 1230pm to 2pm. All are welcome but registration is required. Lunch will be provided in advance.

  • Lectureship in Environmental Policy and Behavioural Science

    Full details, including a link to apply are available within. Applications are invited for a permanent Lecturer/Assistant Professor post in Environmental Policy. Applicants must have a PhD in environmental economics and policy or a related area, a strong, demonstrable commitment to research and international publication in environmental policy design and behavioural science, an ability to teach at University level, a capacity for graduate student supervision, a strong quantitative research and teaching ability, a commitment to translating the fruits of research into policy innovation, excellent interpersonal skills, and a capacity and enthusiasm for working in an interdisciplinary context within the School, the UCD Earth Institute, UCD Geary Institute and the wider academic community.


Located in the UCD Geary Institute in Dublin, the behavioural science and policy group is a centre for research and collaboration on integrating behaviourally-informed ideas into public policy.  The research team is being led by Professor Liam Delaney and consists of a core group of faculty, researchers and PhD students, a wide network of research affiliates and external stakeholders. Our aims are to contribute in a meaningful way to the international development of the field of behavioural science and to be a key site for the integration of this field into public policy. 

Student and Stakeholder Engagement


Faculty members teach on the UCD Social Science and Economics programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level, including dedicated undergraduate modules on behavioural economics and experimental economics. We also deliver the MSc in Behavioural Economics and supervise PhD students in the area of behavioural economics. We regularly host paid research internships.


We host many events, including a weekly seminar on behavioural science and policy, an annual national conference on economics and psychology, an annual European PhD conference, an annual research group workshop, keynote lectures from many of the leading figures in the field, and regular meetings of the Irish Behavioural Science and Policy Network. We will host the 2019 conference of the International Association for Research in Economic Psychology.

Our research is funded by a range of public, private, and research council sources, including AIB, European Commission, and core support for scholarships and faculty development from the UCD School of Economics. We engage with many external agencies, including Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Department of Health, Beaumont Hospital, Environmental Protection Agency, and Amarach Research, and have collaborations with researchers in universities and research agencies throughout the world.

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