Applying Behavioural Science to Policy and the Environment

This self-paced e-learning course is targeted towards policymakers who wish to enhance their understanding of behavioural science applications for policy and the environment. The purpose of this course is to increase the impact of policy interventions on positive outcomes for environmental sustainability. No previous knowledge of behavioural science is needed to take this course. Participants will need to complete all modules and test your knowledge questions in order to receive the certificate of completion.

The overall objectives of this e-learning course are to:

  • Provide policymakers with the introductory knowledge and tools needed to integrate behavioural science applications for the environment;
  • Share insights and best practices from implemented behavioural interventions;
  • Support governance entities to create more impactful policy interventions; and
  • Promote the use of behavioural science to strengthen outcomes for environmental sustainability.


The UNESCAP is initating to promote the use of behavioural science to advance environmental outcomes. This e-learning course provides an introductory overview of the applications of behavioral science for policy and the environment. The course content, which consists of five core modules,  shares the knowledge needed to initiate the application of behavioural science in governing processes. The purpose of this course is to help policymakers better target and redirect unsustainable behaviours and create more impactful policy. Participants will learn how to leverage behavioural insights to support environmental outcomes through innovative policy interventions. Furthermore,  this course provides guidance on how policymakers can address any barriers within the policymaking process, such as internal biases, that can hinder the impact of policy interventions.

Keywords: 7. Affordable and clean energy; 11. Sustainable cities and communities; 12. Responsible production and consumption; 13. Climate action; 14. Life below water; 15. Life on land; Behavioural science; Environmental sustainability; Sustainable development; Policymaking