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RISLαβ encompasses scholars from different disciplines with a common interest in behavioural economics and individual decision making, and the application of those interests to better understand behaviour across a variety of contexts. Beyond this joint interest, our members combine a variety of expertises across applied fields such as development, finance, the environment and sustainability, and labour. Members are divided between a Centre, located at Ghent University in Belgium, and a Network with members located at universities throughout Europe.
Projects comprise applications of principles from behavioural economics and psychology to understanding and guiding behaviour across a variety of contexts. The main focus is on projects of high societal relevance, but the laboratory and its members also undertake fundamental research to inform those applied aspects. The founding principles of RISLαβ entail that–far from standing in contrast to each other–societal relevance and the highest academic rigour can and should be combined to obtain the best possible results.
RISLαβ offers its services to government agencies, nongovernmental organisations, and companies. The philosophy is to find projects that can both enhance our understanding of behaviour in general or in a particular context, and advance the goals and understanding of the organisations with which we collaborate. Tailor-made applications are discussed on a case by case basis. On occasion, we also provide consultancy services for a fee. These services are meant for situations where applied behavioural solutions take pre-eminence over the generation of novel scientific insights.