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.