Benjamin Gardner Sood


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Research interests

My research interests lie in developing and applying theory to understand and change behaviour, with an especial focus on habit theory. My current research focuses on trying to locate the precise role(s) of 'habit' in social and health-related behaviours, and using habit-formation as a behaviour change technique and intervention goal.

I also research sedentary behaviour (sitting), especially in office workers, with a view to understanding why people sit for long periods and how to reduce sitting time in a manner suitable for real-world implementation, and conducive to long-term maintenance.

Biographical details

Dr Gardner undertook his undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral studies at University of Sussex, and was awarded a DPhil (doctorate) in Social Psychology in 2008. His first post-doctoral position was in the Centre for Outcomes Research and Effectiveness at University College London (2007-09), where he worked on a series of projects that sought to use theory to develop understanding of health behaviour change techniques and interventions. In 2009, he became Lecturer in Health Psychology in the UCL Health Behaviour Research Centre, where he worked on a programme of theoretical and applied studies to develop habit theory and habit-based public health interventions. He joined KCL in 2014.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, What drives car use? Modelling psychological antecedents of travel mode choice, University of Sussex

Award Date: 1 Jan 2008

Master of Research, University of Sussex

Award Date: 1 Jan 2004

Bachelor of Arts, University of Sussex

Award Date: 1 Jan 2003


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