Behavioural Data Science

Behavioural Data Science

Solving environmental and ecological problems is impossible without an understanding of how people and organizations behave.

Our work

We work with companies and governments to design and evaluate behavioural interventions aimed at promoting energy efficiency, low carbon transformation, and sustainability at large. We use experimental methods such as randomized control trials, online and laboratory experiments, to estimate the causal impacts of environmental policies and programmes. We combine these with machine learning methods to interpret and model observed behaviour from smart sensors and other digital devices. We have applied these approaches both in developed and developing countries, helping better understand energy and water use, waste recycling, and investment decisions.

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Energy Demand changes Induced by Technological and Social innovations - Low energy demand empirical and modeling work in a post pandemic world

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Digitalization for Energy Demand - Energy demand digital and social trends: understanding and modeling

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The role of consumer behaviour and heterogeneity in the integrated assessment of energy and climate policies

Steg L., Perlaviciute G., Sovacool B.K., Bonaiuto M., Diekmann A., Filippini M., HindriksF., Jacobbson Bergstad C., Matthies E., Matti S., Mulder M., Nilsson A., Pahl S., Roggenkamp M., Schuitema G., Stern P.C., Tavoni M., Thøgersen J., Woerdman E.

A Research Agenda to Better Understand the Human Dimensions of Energy Transitions

Frontiers in Psycology , 25 June 2021 - 2021

Fanghella V., Ploner M., Tavoni M.

Energy saving in a simulated environment: An online experiment of the interplay between nudges and financial incentives

Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics , Volume 93, August 2021, 101709 - 2021

Abatayo A.L., Bosetti V., Casari M., Tavoni M., Ghidoni R.

Governing Climate Geoengineering: Side-Payments Are Not Enough

RFF Working Papers Series , 21-06, March 2021 - 2021

Bonan J., Cattaneo C., d'Adda G., Tavoni M.

Can social information programs be more effective? The role of environmental identity for energy conservation

Journal of Environmental Economics and Management , Available online 27 April 2021, 102467 - 2021

Peng W., Iyer G., Bosetti V., Chaturvedi V., Edmonds J., Fawcett A.A., Hallegatte S., Victor D.G., van Vuuren D., Weyant J.

Climate policy models need to get real about people — here’s how

Nature , 594, 174-176 (2021) - 2021

Steg L., Perlaviciute G., Sovacool B.K., Bonaiuto M., Diekmann A., Filippini M., HindriksF., Jacobbson Bergstad C., Matthies E., Matti S., Mulder M., Nilsson A., Pahl S., Roggenkamp M., Schuitema G., Stern P.C., Tavoni M., Thøgersen J., Woerdman E.

A Research Agenda to Better Understand the Human Dimensions of Energy Transitions

Frontiers in Psycology , 25 June 2021 - 2021

d'Adda G., Galliera A., Tavoni M.

Urgency and engagement: Empirical evidence from a large-scale intervention on energy use awareness

Journal of Economic Psychology , Volume 81, December 2020, 102275 - 2020

Pianta S., Sisco M. R.

A hot topic in hot times: how media coverage of climate change is affected by temperature abnormalities

Environmental Research Letters , Volume 15, Number 11 - 2020

Berger L., Berger N., Bosetti V., Gilboa I., Hansen L.P., Jarvis C., Marinacci M., Smith R. D.

Rational policymaking during a pandemic

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , Jan 2021, 118 (4) e2012704118 - 2021

Bonan J., Battiston P., Bleck J., LeMay-Boucher P., Pareglio S., Sarr B., Tavoni M.

Social interaction and technology adoption: Experimental evidence from improved cookstoves in Mali

World Development , Volume 144, August 2021, 105467 - 2021

Pianta S., Rinscheid A., Weber E.U.

Carbon Capture and Storage in the United States: Perceptions, Preferences, and Lessons for Policy

Energy Policy , Volume 151, April 2021, 112149 - 2021

Sisco M.R., Pianta S., Weber E.U., Bosetti V.

Global climate marches sharply raise attention to climate change: Analysis of climate search behavior in 46 countries

Journal of Environmental Psychology , Volume 75, June 2021, 101596 - 2021

Pianta S., Brutschin E. van Ruijven B., Bosetti V.

Faster or slower decarbonization? Policymaker and stakeholder expectations on the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on the global energy transition.

Energy Research & Social Science , Volume 76, June 2021, 102025 - 2021

Berger L., Eeckhoudt L.

Risk, Ambiguity, and the Value of Diversification

Management Science , - 2021

Bonan J., d’Adda G., Mahmud M., Said F.

The Role of Flexibility and Planning in Repayment Discipline: Evidence from a Field Experiment on Pay-as-You-Go Off-Grid Electricity

RFF Working Papers Series , Working Paper 20-14 - 2020

Bonan J., Cattaneo C., D’Adda G., Tavoni M.

The interaction of descriptive and injunctive social norms in promoting energy conservation

Nature Energy , Volume 5, pages 900–909 - 2020

Bonan J., Cattaneo C., D’Adda G., Tavoni M.

Combining information on others’ energy usage and their approval of energy conservation promotes energy saving behaviour

Nature Energy , Volume 5, pages 832–833 - 2020

Baker E., Bosetti V., Salo A.

Robust portfolio decision analysis: An application to the energy research and development portfolio problem

European Journal of Operational Research , Volume 284, Issue 3, 1 August 2020, Pages 1107-1120 - 2020

Rinscheid A., Pianta S., Weber E.U.

Fast track or Slo-Mo? Public support and temporal preferences for phasing out fossil fuel cars in the United States

Climate Policy , Volume 20, 2020 - Issue 1 - 2020

Berger L., Bosetti V.

Are policymakers ambiguity averse?

The Economic Journal , September 2019 - 2019

Bonan J., Cattaneo C., D’Adda G., Tavoni M.

Can we make social information programs more effective? The role of identity and values

RFF Working Papers Series , - 2019

Berger L., Bosetti V.

Characterizing ambiguity attitudes using model uncertainty

Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization , March 19, 2020 - 2020

McCollum, D., Wilson C., Bevione M., Carrara S., Edelenbosch O.Y., Emmerling J., Guivarch C., Karkatsoulis P., Keppo I., Krey V., Lin Z., Ó Broin E., Paroussos L., Pettifor H., Ramea K., Riahi K., Sano F., Rodriguez B.S., van Vuuren D.

Interaction of consumer preferences and climate policies in the global transition to low-carbon vehicles

Nature Energy , Volume 3, pages 664–673 - 2018

Cattaneo C.

Internal and external barriers to energy efficiency: which role for policy interventions?

Energy Efficiency , June 2019, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 1293–1311 - 2019