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Morgan Tear is a Research Fellow at BehaviourWorks Australia. His background is in psychology, having completed a Bachelor of Psychological Science (Hons) and a PhD (2015) at The University of Queensland. He then completed a post-doctoral research position (2016-2018) in the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. There he worked with Tom Reader in the area of organisational safety culture. Now at BehaviourWorks Australia, Morgan works with Peter Bragge in collaboration with WorkSafe Victoria and The Shannon Company.

Morgan works at the intersection of social, cultural, and organisational psychologies, and aims to understand how complex social phenomena manifest. He has previously worked in the areas of media effects on social behaviour (PhD), and mental health and identity. His current research interests include the role of organisational identities in promoting citizenship behaviour, the role of power in safety culture and safety behaviours, how behavioural insights can be applied to safety culture, and the effectiveness of nudges in social contexts. 

Morgan’s work relies on rich relationships with industry partners. He has worked with a number of organisations and partners, including Queensland Police Service (QPS), National ICT Australia (NICTA; now CSIRO’s Data61 group), EUROCONTROL, OECD Network of Economic Regulators, WorkSafe Victoria, and The Shannon Company. 

Morgan has experience in university course delivery, supervising graduate researchers, designing and analysing mixed methods approaches, facilitating workshop and focus group discussion. He strongly believes that quantitative data are the start of a conversation and the meaning of those data must be derived through discussion and consultation in context.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Behaviour Change
  • Behavioural psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Workplace health and safety


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