Liam Smith

Professor

Accepting PhD Students

20042023
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Personal profile

Biography

Liam is Director and co-founder of BehaviourWorks Australia (BWA) and one of Australia’s leading authorities on behaviour change.

Liam is committed to using behavioural science to tackle public policy issues for the benefit of individuals and  society at large and, since establishing BWA in 2011, he has overseen significant growth in the enterprise, which now employes nearly 20 researchers, and been directly involved in conducting and/or overseeing more than 100 behaviour change research projects. 

By design, the BWA team consists of researchers from different backgrounds and disciplines who use their collective expertise to undertake applied behaviour change research in collaboration with government and industry professionals. BWA therefore acts as a bridge between academic research and practical real-world solutions.

Liam has also led the developement of a research methodology that is used to inform, develop and design behaviour change interventions – and improve their efficacy.

He has published numerous research reports, research papers and public discussion pieces (e.g. white papers and opinion pieces in The Conversation) and is an active contributor on Zoos Victoria’s Science Committee, South East Water’s Customer Engagement Council and VicHealth’s Leading Thinker Taskforce.

An exceptional public speaker, Liam believes that education and training is vital to wider uptake and application of behavioural insights. As such, he has delivered accredited education, executive education and public presentations to audiences around Australia and the world.

He regularly delivers training to government professionals through the Australian and New Zealand School of Government and the Department of Premier and Cabinet (Vic)’s Behavioural Insights Unit.

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Keywords

  • Behaviour Change
  • Social Inclusion
  • pro-environmental behaviour
  • Zoos
  • Public Policy
  • Innovation
  • Behavioural Economics

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Projects 2009 2023

Research Output 2004 2019

Promoting spillover: how past behaviors increase environmental intentions by cueing self-perceptions

Lauren, N., Smith, L. D. G., Louis, W. R. & Dean, A. J., 2019, In : Environment and Behaviour. 51, 3, p. 235-258 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

The INSPIRE Framework: how public administrators can increase compliance with written requests using behavioral techniques

Faulkner, N., Borg, K., Bragge, P., Curtis, J., Ghafoori, E., Goodwin, D., Jorgensen, B. S., Jungbluth, L., Kneebone, S., Smith, L., Wright, B. & Wright, P., 2019, In : Public Administration Review. 79, 1, p. 125-135 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Debate: Doing well by doing good: should it be compulsory?

Griggs, D. & Smith, L., 29 Jul 2018, In : Public Money and Management. 38, 5, p. 389-391 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalComment / DebateOtherpeer-review

Digital Inclusion & Health Communication: A Rapid Review of Literature

Borg, K., Boulet, M., Smith, L. & Bragge, P., 10 Jun 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Health Communication. p. 1-9 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleOtherpeer-review

Digital inclusion and online behaviour: five typologies of Australian internet users

Borg, K. & Smith, L., 3 Apr 2018, In : Behaviour and Information Technology. 37, 4, p. 367-380 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review