Work or study with us

There are a range of ways to get involved with the Behavioural Business Lab. Contact us to find out how to work with us.

Study with the BBL

The BBL is excited to announce our new Behavioural Business Minor. Our minor consists of 4 courses and is the first of its kind in Victoria:

  1. Introduction to Behavioural Business;
  2. Psychology of Business Decisions;
  3. Strategic Games for Business; and
  4. Behavioural Business for Organisational Design.

Work with the BBL

We very much welcome your interest in working with the BBL. We receive many queries of different kinds every day - from prospective students, research assistants, sabbatical scholars or those interested in permanent positions. Here is some advice for you to help us better answer your query.

PhD and Masters by research

We are continuously recruiting new higher degree for research students if we think we are able to offer the right infrastructure and the applicant is willing and able to complete successfully. If you are interested in exploring this option, then we would advise you to do the following:

Identify the best-suited person(s) from among the BBL members in terms of their research expertise matching your proposed research. This may be one or more people. Approach the HDR coordinator by email (efm.hdrstudents@rmit.edu.au) and indicate who you would be interested in being supervised by. In that email, add your CV, a research proposal, transcripts and, if needed, proof of English proficiency. Your research proposal explains the WHAT, WHY and HOW of your project: What are you interested in and why is it important, what has been written on this, what do you hope to add, what methods will you use?

Once the HDR coordinator has assessed eligibility for the program the proposal will be sent to your preferred supervisors in BBL. If we are interested in supervising your research on your chosen topic we will invite you to attend a video conference with that supervisor to mutually assess suitability. We will ask you questions and you can ask us questions also.
We will then tell you whether we think we could offer you supervision. If yes, then you would be explained by the HDR coordinator how to make a formal application
You need to be sure that you have funding (for study fees, living expenses) in place - either from your own funds or by scholarship.

To get an idea of what kind of research topics we currently work on please refer to the Research Areas page. However, we also strongly encourage you to approach us with your original research ideas. To learn more about about the facilities at our lab, then please refer to the About page.

In the Behavioural Business Lab we have expertise in supervising research using the following research methods:

  • Laboratory experiments
  • Online and virtual experiments
  • Field experiments
  • Pseudo experiments
  • Questionnaires/surveys
  • Eye-tracking experiments

Some examples of higher-degree research projects that we currently supervise or have supervised in the past are listed below:

  • ‘To preserve unity while almost allowing for chaos’: The effect of unity-in-variety in product design aesthetics on consumer appreciation
  • The influence of typicality and novelty on tactile design appreciation by consumers
  • Why do things catch on? Self-concept and electronic word-of-mouth
  • Tax morale and religion in Turkey
  • Pro-social and strategic behaviour in virtual and online communities
  • Field-experimental measurement of consumer ethnocentrism
  • The relationship between cultural diversity and trust in India

Interested potential HDR students should email enquiries to behavioural.business.lab@rmit.edu.au

Visiting researchers

BBL is pleased to host (subject to availability) academics or research students who work in behavioural science and wish to spend time in our lab. This includes researchers we do not (yet) know. We will give preference to people based on credentials and who have published in our members’ fields of interest, which can be gleaned from our web profiles.

Normally we are able to provide visiting academics access to facilities, typically a desk and PC, in an open plan office. We will (subject to availability) provide you with access to our lab and participant database to conduct experiments or other studies. There is no income for a sabbatical scholar from us, meaning you will need to be fully self funded for all aspects of your stay.

Visiting research students

Visiting researchers are members of the BBL for the duration of their stay and take part in our meetings and seminars (and social activities). If you are interested please email us with your CV and a brief plan what research you intend to carry out while at the BBL, and any collaborations with BBL members you envisage.

Study volunteers

The BBL is looking for participants in our research studies. If you are interested in being contacted about participation in BBL research studies, please click here.

Press and media, policy makers and corporate partners

Please contact Ahmed Skali.

Job market applicants

The BBL is keen to add to its ranks through the recruitment of behavioural business researchers or research assistants (subject to demand). However, recruitment for academic positions happens at the level of our School and not the BBL. View available posts.

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