The ESRC Network for Integrated Behavioural Science (NIBS) is a partnership among the Universities of Nottingham, Warwick and East Anglia.
Founded on 31 December 2012, it was intitially funded until 30 September 2017 by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). Comprising of a cross-disciplinary group of researchers from economics, business, computer science, mathematics, and psychology, whose remit was to develop and test models of human behaviour and behavioural change, to draw out their implications for the formulation and evaluation of public policy.
There has been growing interest in policy tools which take into account the realities of people's perceptions, judgements and choices. Different social sciences provide different accounts of the underpinnings and dynamics of human behaviour. The Network sought to synthesize these approaches by combining the expertise of nineteen experienced researchers in three major UK centres for behavioural research. The Network operated an exchange programme, primarily for junior researchers, involving seven other international centres of excellence in behavioural science.
Following a successful bid to the ESRC Large Grants Competition, we were awarded over £2 million to extend and advance achievements of the existing NIBS network for a further 4 years from 1 October 2017. The revised network (nicknamed NIBS 2.0) again centres on three world-leading centres of behavioural science at the Universities of Nottingham, East Anglia and Warwick. It has the same Director and a research team that includes key participants from the original network with strategically-chosen additions. It also continues linkages with existing international partners through the exchange programme.
The aim of the network has been refined to focus on advancing behavioural science relevant to the understanding of consumer behaviour; market response to that behaviour; and regulation of markets and formulation of public policy. It will do so at the general level and with specific reference to consumer and household finance. The reconfiguration of the research team reflects this new focus on consumers and consumer markets.
The network currently benefits from an Advisory Group consisting of external academic advisors and affiliate members representing business, industry, media and government. Membership of this will be reviewed in light of our new focus. Our results will continue to interest those wishing to predict and influence individual or group/population behaviour; to commercial enterprises trying to understand and serve customer needs; to third sector organisations aiming to advance the welfare of the individuals and groups with whom they are concerned; and to policy makers charged with the promotion of social welfare.
"Student Away Day" at East Anglia's Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) led by NIBS Co-Investigator, Professor Ted Turocy
Operational decisions for NIBS are made by the Management Group which consists of:
- Chris Starmer (Principle Investigator and Director of NIBS based at Nottingham)
- Gordon Brown (Co-Investigator at Warwick)
- Robin Cubitt (Co-Investigator at Nottingham)
- John Gathergood (Co-Investigator at Nottingham)
- Graham Loomes (Co-Investigator at Warwick)
- Bruce Lyons (Co-Investigator at East Anglia)
- Robert Sugden (Co-Investigator at East Anglia)
Former Management Group members: Abigail Barr (Nottingham) & Theodore Turocy (East Anglia).