Centre for Behavioural Science

Our Research

Biometric testing in the Behavioural Science Lab

Behavioural science research at Essex is truly multidisciplinary. We have experts across the social sciences, science and health, and arts and humanities working on projects that influence policy, practice and understanding.

Our researchers regularly secure large grants from major funding bodies such as the British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council, and the Leverhulme Trust.

Essex research is consistently ranked highly with:

  • Five subjects, including economics, sociology and government, ranked in the UK top 10 for research power (Times Higher Education 2022).
  • 58th in the global Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2024.

A lab that transforms research

Our Behavioural Science Lab plays a central role in supporting our community of behavioural scientists, which includes business analysts, criminologists, computer scientists, data scientists, economists, environmental scientists, health experts, linguists, mathematicians, political scientists, psychologists, sociologists and sports scientists.

It has been instrumental in taking economist Dr Friederike Mengel’s research to the next level. Her recent studies on employer discrimination and gender bias against teachers have benefited from our state-of-the-art testing facility. She has outlined how the Lab has ensured her studies are the best they can be.

Dr Friederike Mengel
“Put simply, the Behavioural Science Lab gives me access to some of the best tools available.”
Dr Friederike Mengal Department of Economics

Our research projects

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