Marcos Pelenur, a PhD student at the Centre for Sustainable Development, has been invited to join the Behavioural Insights Team in the Cabinet Office as a Research Fellow for a 3 month work placement.
The Behavioural Insights Team was established to help the UK Government develop and apply lessons from behavioural economics and behavioural science to public policy making.
Currently, Marcos is supporting the Behavioural Insights Team with the evaluation of their Green Deal incentive trials, and with the development of new trials around Smart Home Heating. Specifically Marcos will be applying his primary research which investigates the link between household perspectives towards energy consumption and energy efficiency technology adoption.
Marcos was inspired to seek the work placement after attending the Professional Development Policy Seminar for Engineers, which was organised by the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP) and supported by the Department of Engineering and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
He commented: "The work placement has been a fantastic experience so far. It's been really rewarding to help shape policy papers and I encourage others interested in public policy to engage with the civil service."
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