Behavioural Science


In a world characterised by rapid and far-reaching technological change, we use innovative research frameworks to improve the understanding of the complexities of human behaviour. A significant portion of human cognition happens without conscious awareness through the mediation of technology. New technologies influence humans in complex ways and are generating behaviours that challenge the fundamental aspects of what it means to be human. 

Insights from behavioural science have a significant role to play in understanding sociotechnical systems and the broader effects of disruptive technologies on Australian institutions. Our expertise in understanding the complex interplay between human behaviour and technological change is advancing knowledge in this area, with particular significance for the government and defence sectors. Our research will play an essential role in managing the impact of disruptive technologies in complex environments, from smart cities to future battlefields. 

Competitive Advantage

We have research capabilities and unique expertise in interdisciplinary methodology, cutting-edge theory and case-study applications including:  

  • a uniquely holistic approach to the science of human behaviour, incorporating cross-disciplinary insights from cultural geography, sociology, philosophy and psychology. 
  • cutting-edge interfaces with new developments across an exciting range of empirical topics, including neuroscience, synthetic biology, advanced manufacturing, digital cultures, cyber studies and the performing arts. 
  • access to collaborative opportunities with UNSW research centres, including the Defence Research Institute and UNSW Cyber. 

Successful Applications

  • Team Performance, Habit Training, and Enhanced Technological Embodiment 
  • Rethinking the Human in C21st Socio-Technical Innovation 
  • Re-thinking human-technology relations in the age of Industry 4.0. 
  • Trust in technological mediation for resilience during catastrophic events 

Whilst an emerging initiative within the School of Science, Behavioural Science is closely linked with Cultural Geography and its vibrant research of weekly reading groups (‘Non-representational Theory and Geography’) and bi-monthly research workshops (‘Space, Performance, Art and Technology’). We also collaborate with UNSW Canberra Cyber. We are proud of our internationally diverse team of researchers at all levels, and actively support the UNSW ALLY Network for LGBTIQ+ people.

Study With Us

We offer postgraduate course in:

We promote and encourage:

  • interdisciplinary teaching, drawing on cutting-edge qualitative social science to reframe the question of the socio-technical for the 21st century.
  • research-led teaching, thinking through innovative conceptual ideas about contemporary empirical examples in art, technology, and science.
  • distance learning—and we are structured to deliver courses in this fashion.