Research projects

Current funded research led by experts from the Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science. Our projects contribute to multiple disciplinary agendas around the world.

Current research projects and initiatives 


African publics’ perceptions of science and spirituality post COVID-19 pandemic 

Project Team: Dr Bankole Falade (PBS): Principal Investigator, collaborators in Ghana, South Africa and Kenya

Funded by: Sub-grant: International Research Network for the Study of Science and Belief in Society. Main grant: Templeton Religion Trust

Duration: January 2024 to June 2024



What It’s Really Worth: The Wellbeing Value-for-Money of Major Policies

Project Team: Dr Christian Krekel (PBS): Principal Investigator, David Frayman, Professor Richard Layard, Sara MacLennan

Funded by: LSE KEI Large Fund 

Duration: January 2024 to June 2025



Perceptions of source independence and polarisation

Project Team: Dr Jens Madsen (PBS), Dr. Lee de Wit (Cambridge University), David Young (post-doctorial researcher, Cambridge University)

Funded by: Templeton World Charity Foundation

Start date: 1 December 2023

Duration: 24 months



Shifting Involvements or Shifting Identities? The Effect of Secularisation on Polarisation and Economic Behaviour

Project Team: Dr Bouke Klein Teeselink (KCL): Principal Investigator; Dr Georgios Melios (PBS): Co-Investigator

Funded by: Leverhulme/BA small grant 

Start date: 1 April 2023



Women in academia and the responsibilization of mental health: A social identity and intersectionality perspective

Project Team: R. Ysseldyk (Carleton University): Principal Investigator; Dr Ilka Gleibs (PBS): Co-Investigator; M.K. Ryan (Australian National University): Co-Investigator; M. Bujaki (Carleton University): Co-Investigator; M. Redmond (Carleton University): Co-Investigator; S.E.K. Smith (Western University): Co-Investigator

Funded by: Carleton University International Research Seed Grant

Duration: 12 months (awarded in March 2023)



Disentangling the Socio-Cognitive Underpinnings of Impostor Phenomenon among UK University Students: An Exploration of its Impact on Mental Health, with a Special Focus on Underrepresented Groups

Project Team: Dr Deema Awad (PBS): Principal Investigator; Dr Miriam Tresh (PBS): Co-Investigator 

Funded by: LSE Research and Impact Support Fund

Duration: 12 months (awarded in March 2023)



Development and validation of a representative face stimulus database

Project Team: Dr Jens Koed Madsen (PBS): Principal Investigator; Dr Deema Awad (PBS): Co-Investigator

Funded by: LSE Research and Impact Support Fund

Duration: 12 months (awarded in March 2023)


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Evaluating the Impacts of the Nationwide Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) Programme in England

Project Team:  Dr Christian Krekel (LSE, CEP): Principal Investigator; Ekaterina Oparina (CEP): Co-Investigator; Sorawoot Srisuma (University of Surrey): Co-Investigator

Funded by: Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)

Duration: April 2022 to March 2024


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The Database of Religious History (DRH)

The DRH is an independent academic initiative, based at the University of British Colombia (UBC), involving partners from all over the world. The aim of the DRH is to provide an accessible database for historical data to help researchers and policymakers expore attitudes to the world today.

Project leads: Prof Ted Slingerland (UBC) and Dr Michael Muthukrishna (Department of Psychological and Behavioural Science, LSE)

Chief Data Scientist: Dr Rachel Spicer (LSE) 

Currently funded by: John Templeton Foundation

Explore the Database of Religious History



Past projects

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The European Commission’s 10 million euros funded PERISCOPE consortium to study the behavioural aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic and policy responses.

Project leads: Dr Barbara Fasolo (DoM) and Dr Matteo M Galizzi (PBS), as part of the LSE Behavioural Lab for Teaching and Research (

Funded by: Horizon 2020 - European Commission

Duration: 1 November 2020 to 31 October 2023

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STARS-C: Starting from the bottom: Using Participatory Action Research to re-imagine local mental health services in Colombia

This research partnership, informed by co-production principles, aims to establish dialogue between community actors and health service representatives to increase access and the quality of provision to improve mental health and wellbeing in Colombian communities heavily affected by poverty and armed conflict.

Project team: Dr Rochelle Burgess (UCL), Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch (LSE), Dr Dario Maldonado Carrizosa, Maria Cecilia Dedios Sanguineti, Diego Lucumí Cuesta, Nubia Chacón, Diego Ferney Tovar

Funding: ESRC/RCUK and Minciencias (Ministry for Science, Colombia)

Duration: 1 February 2021 to 1 June 2023

Find out more on the STARS-C website here.

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A Theory for Cephalopod Intelligence: The Alien Intelligence in Our Midst

Project lead: Dr Michael Muthukrishna (LSE)

Funded by: Templeton World Charity Foundation (TWCF)

Duration: 1 June 2020 to 31 May 2023

Find out more about A Theory for Cephalopod Intelligence on the TWCF website here.

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What's Up With Everyone?

In February 2021, this AHRC-funded project produced five Aardmen films to support young people's mental health awareness. The project was led by Professor Paul Crawford (University of Nottingham), with a team of advisors and in partnership with Academy-award winning Aardman (Wallace & Gromit, Shaun the Sheep etc).

PBS project lead: Dr Thomas Curran (LSE)

Funded by: AHRC

Duration: 1 November 2019 to 1 April 2022

Find out more on the AHRC website.

Visit the What's Up With Everyone website to view the films:


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Pathways to Reconciliation

Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch leads this UKRI project to investigate the impact of Schools for Forgiveness and Reconciliation (ES.PE.RE) on the psychological and social wellbeing of people living in territories hit by the Colombian armed conflict.

Project team (UK): Professor Sandra Jovchelovitch (PI), Dr Maria Cecilia-Dedios and Dr Natalia Concha

Project team (Colombia): Dr Fabio Idrobo (PI), María Camila García Durán, Diego Salcedo, and Dr Elizabeth Borrero (Public Health Axis of the Santa Fe Foundation (FSFB)), Leonel Narvaez and Paula Monroy (Foundation for Reconciliation)

Co-funded by UKRI, Newton Fund and Colciencias.

Completed in December 2021.

Visit the Pathways to Reconciliation webpage for more information about the project and to watch an animated film (in English and in Spanish) on the research findings.