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WBS Behavioural Science PhD Studentships

Economics, Psychology, education, energy, rationality, value

The Behavioural Science group at WBS focuses on the interaction between the natural and social science approaches to understanding behaviour. The group is highly interdisciplinary, using methods drawn from psychology, economics, philosophy, and statistics. The group conducts basic and applied research, and has many links to industry.

The Studentships

Warwick Business School (WBS) is pleased to invite applicants for six fully funded PhD Studentships. The Studentships will pay an annual maintenance allowance at the standard rate of £13,590 (based on the ESRC’s current rate) and Tuition Fees at the Home/EU rate. Overseas applicants are welcome to apply but, if successful, will have to pay the difference between the Home/EU and Overseas Fees.

Two studentships will be funded by a European Research Council project on the topic of Rationality. Applicants with interests in either human inference or learning from both an experimental and a computational point of view would be particularly welcome. An interest in Bayesian and/or simplicity-based models of cognition would be an advantage. Supervision will be by Nick Chater, and other members of the Behavioural Science group. Read the full advert at

One studentship will be funded by the Leverhulme Trust programme award on Value. The topic areas can include how people arrive at values under risk and uncertainty and over time, or how individual values may be elicited and aggregated for public policy purposes. Applicants with a background in microeconomics, welfare economics and/or the psychology of judgment and decision making are particularly invited to apply. Supervision will be by Graham Loomes and Daniel Read from Behavioural Science. Read the full advert at

One studentship will be funded by the ESRC Network for Integrated Behavioural Science, to investigate affective forecasting, context and the valuation of public goods. Students should have backgrounds in relevant disciplines including psychology, economics or complexity science. Supervision will be by Nick Chater from Behavioural Science, and Gordon Brown from Psychology. Read the full advert at

Two studentships will be funded by the EPSRC, and are joint with Behavioural Science and the Global Energy Group. These studentships focus on how people make decisions about heating and cooling in residential markets. This will be applied research, involving business case analysis, field research and experimentation. Students with backgrounds in engineering psychology, human factors or related disciplines are encouraged to apply. Supervision will be by David Elmes from Global Energy, and Daniel Read from Behavioural Science. Read the full advert at


An application form must be completed if you wish to be considered for this scholarship.

For applicants who have not already applied to Warwick:

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Application process: Complete the online application form, upload your transcripts and provide a research proposal.

For applicants who already have applied to Warwick:

If you already hold an offer of a place at WBS or are a current student in your first year please contact the DPO office on

Deadline for applications: 28th June 2013

For further information please contact:

Professor Nick Chater
Professor of Behavioural Science
Tel: +44 (0)7941 357230

For information on making your application please contact:

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