Applying Behavioural Science to Policy and the Environment

This self-paced course is targeted towards policymakers who wish to enhance their understanding of behavioural science applications for policy and the environment. The purpose is to increase the impact of policy interventions on positive outcomes for environmental sustainability. No previous knowledge of behavioural science is needed to take the course.


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