Behaviour and Institutions

Can behavioural science be used and integrated in public policy to understand & solve complex societal challenges?

The platform aims to contribute to the quality of public institutions and their policies relating to important contemporary societal issues.

Institutions & Behaviour

Behavioural knowledge

In order for institutions to optimally contribute to the formation of open and sustainable societies and to be able to develop solutions for societal challenges, they need to be attuned to the real behaviours of people in society at large. Although most salient policies aim to address human behaviours – ranging from such diverse issues as donor registration, healthy eating, societal integration of refugees, white collar corruption or sustainable consumptive choices – behavioural knowledge has until very recently not been institutionalized in the public sector.