Behavioral Insights for Climate Action

The Geneva Science-Policy Interface is publishing a policy brief on behavioral insights for climate action.

In order to mitigate climate change, a rapid behavioral shift towards a more sustainable lifestyle is required. However, the necessary behavioral changes are occurring only quite slowly, and it is unclear whether carbon emissions can be reduced in time to prevent drastic climatic consequences. The relative lack of efficient climate change action in the population may be explained to some extent by the abstract nature of climate change, which poses a significant challenge to human perceptual, cognitive, and affective processing mechanisms. This results in a lack of emotional and moral responses towards climate change, which would however be necessary to motivate significant behavior change.

The Geneva Science-Policy Interface, in collaboration with Professor Tobias Brosch from the University of Geneva, is publishing a policy brief, which synthesizes the state of knowledge on behavioral insights to support climate actions. Such insights can facilitate the processing of the individual relevance of climate change and can integrate psychological levers addressing self-interested, moral, and social aspects of climate action.

This event aims to present the policy brief, foster discussions on its recommendations, and broker collaborations to implement them.

When & Where

28th of January, 4-6pm,  Palais des Nations, Hall XIV


Welcome (5min) – Nicolas Seidler, Executive Director, GSPI

Presentation of the policy brief (20 min) – Professor Tobias Brosch, University of Geneva

Panel discussion: Using Behavioral Insights in Climate Policies (30min) – Moderated by Kali Taylor (International Institute for Sustainable Development & SDG Lab)

  • Chris Beaton, Senior Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development
  • John Maughan, Research Program Manager, Green Growth Knowledge Platform
  • Michele Mischler, Head of Swiss Public Affairs and Sustainability, World Economic Forum
  • Jean Pierre Reymond, Head of Office – Office of Innovation and Partnerships, Swiss Mission to the United Nations

Discussion with the audience (20min)

Cocktail & Networking (45 min)


Kindly use this link to register to the event and access the Palais des Nations.


This event is organized by the Geneva Science-Policy Interface in partnership with the SDG Lab and the Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences (CISA).

Here is more information about GSPI policy briefs.