Behavioural Research UK (BR-UK)


BR-UK's Governance structure is composed of a number of distinct committees to provide operational and scientific guidance which complement and support the working groups responsible for the day-to-day delivery of our research. Our governance processes have been designed to facilitate the relevant and necessary advice and guidance from within BR-UK, externally from international experts and from our funder in order to ensure we operate in a strategic and transparent manner.

Committees and Working Groups

The Directorate is composed of our Co-Directors (Professor Linda Bauld and Professor Susan Michie),  Deputy Director (Dr Sharon Cox) and Programme Manager, (Sancha Martin). With support from two BR-UK Administrators, the Directorate is responsible for day-to-day management of BR-UK operations and governance.  The wider research team includes Co-Investigators, Work Package and Theme leads and our cadre of researchers and early career researchers that will convene working groups as needed to deliver the specific research activities assigned to them.  The terms of reference for the following groups are available upon request from our Programme Manager - please email to request a copy.

Leadership Group

The BR-UK Leadership group is composed of the Co-Investigators, Work Package and Theme leads and supports the Directorate in applying appropriate governance procedures across the Hub to oversee delivery of the research. The Leadership Group will also identify and establish working groups/sub-committees as necessary to oversee BR-UK work package, theme, and demonstration project-related deliverables.

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International Scientific Advisory Board

The BR-UK International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) will provide scientific advice and a ‘challenge function’. Their role is to ensure that our approach is informed by a global awareness, use of cutting-edge methods and best practice in advancing and applying behavioural theories and concepts.  .

Chaired by Professor Ralph Hertwig, Director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin, the Deputy Chair to the Board is Dr Mareike Schomerus, Vice President, Busara. 

The current broader membership of the Board includes: 

  • Professor Tatiana FilatovaProfessor of Computational Economics, Delft University of Technology
  • Professor Sabina RashidDean & Professor BRAC James P Grant School of Public Health
  • Professor Robert BohmProfessor of Social Psychology, University of Vienna & Copenhagen  
  • Dr Karina DavidsonDirector and Professor, Institute of Health System Science, Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research 
  • Dr Goda PerlaviciuteAssociate Professor, Public acceptability of sustainable transitions, University of Groningen
  • Professor Liam DelaneyHead of Department for Psychological and Behavioural Science, London School of Economics 
  • Professor John de WitProfessor of Interdisciplinary Social Science: Public Health and chair of the Department of Interdisciplinary Social Science at Utrecht University. 
  • Professor Eva Rehfuess, Adjunct Professor, Dept of Environmental Science and Engineering, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Professor Katherine McComas,  Vice Provost for Engagement and Land-Grant Affairs, Office of the Provost & Professor, Department of Communication Cornell CALS
  • Jesper Akesson, Managing Director, The Behaviouralist  

Groups to be established

The Knowledge Mobilisation Group is chaired by Professor Oliver Escobar (WP4 co-lead) and includes other BR-UK researchers from government, agencies, and industry.  The aim of this Group will be to provide advice and scrutiny during project planning and delivery to ensure engagement and involvement are are the heart of our research where possible. 

The BR-UK Network Group is chaired by Professor Jo Hart. It will oversee our wider network activities, support our research fellows and early career researchers and will lead organisation of our biennial conferences. 

Additional groups may be convened as required.