Behavior Change for Nature: A Behavioral Science Toolkit for Practitioners

Julie Cook Waterloo October 21, 2020 06:04 PM
Hi all, I just lectured about biodiversity loss at the University of Waterloo, and have recently come across a fabulous behaviour change toolkit for practitioners working in the …

Nature Conservation Policies Rarely Change Behaviour

Julie Cook Waterloo September 09, 2020 04:31 PM
Hi everyone, There is an interesting article that was recently posted by Science Daily stating that nature conservation strategies announced by politicians rarely include behavio…

COVID-19 Vaccination Uptake Strategies

Julie Cook Waterloo August 26, 2020 04:23 PM
Hi all, The European Social Marketing Association recently shared an academic paper that was published in July 2020, entitled "Key Guidelines in Developing a Pre-emptive COVID-19…

Behavioural Science around the World: A World Bank Report

Julie Cook Waterloo August 18, 2020 03:45 PM
Hi everyone, Last year, the World Bank published a report entitled "Behavioral science around the world: Profiles of 10 countries". They provide details on what these 10 countrie…

The Lie behind Plastic Pollution

Julie Cook Waterloo July 13, 2020 05:36 PM
Hi everyone, I came across this provocative blog post from PhD fellow Michaela Barnett, in which she discusses the need to move beyond individual behaviours in order to combat th…

Education, Marketing & Law - Stopping the Spread of COVID-19

Julie Cook Waterloo May 29, 2020 03:06 AM
Here's a brief but interesting summary from Griffith University (originally written by Michael Rothschild) of three common approaches to social change: education, marketing and la…
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