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Sanchayan Banerjee is an Assistant Professor (Tenure Track) in the Department of Environmental Economics at the Institute of Environmental Studies (IVM) in Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He holds a secondary affiliation to the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute. He is a visiting research fellow of the London School of Economics and King’s College London, and holds a fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in the United Kingdom.  He is an Associate Editor of Humanities and Social Sciences Communications (Nature) and an incoming Associate Editor of Behavioural Public Policy (New Voices). Sanchayan sits on the Steering Committee of the International Behavioural Public Policy Association. He is the founding convenor and chair of Behavioural Transformations, an annual workshop in behavioural science and public policy.

Sanchayan has co-developed Nudge+, which he uses to engage citizens in welfare-improving pro-social and pro-environmental behaviours, such as climate-friendly diets, lower food waste, decarbonising energy demand, improved vaccine uptake, and donations to charities. His research has been published or is forthcoming in leading peer-reviewed journals, including Nature Sustainability, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and Behavioural Public Policy. He teaches in areas of environmental, behavioural, and experimental economics and public policy. He is the founding convenor of two courses at VU Summer and Winter School: Statistical Methods of Causal Inference and Behavioural Public Policy

Sanchayan regularly interacts with different stakeholders to help them improve their practices, notably Scotland Zero Waste, Fife Council, Live Nation Entertainment, Festival Republic, and the Danish Energy Agency. He currently leads the NWO project ALIGN4energy (5.7mn Euros). His research has attracted more than half-a-million Euros in research grants and funding.

Sanchayan is open to supervising PhD students in areas of environmental and behavioural economics (broadly defined). If you are prospective student, please get in touch.


Behavioural Economics, Environmental Economics, Behavioural Public Policy, Experimental Economics, Economics of Climate Change, Nudge.


2022    PhD, Environmental Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

2021: Post graduate certificate in Higher Education, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

2018: MSc, Environmental Economics and Climate Change, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK.

2017: BA, Economics, Jadavpur University, India.

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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 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

Academic qualification

Environmental Economics, PhD, Choice Architecture 2.0: Can we use reflection on nudges to promote climate citizenship?, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Award Date: 31 Aug 2022

Environmental Economics and Climate Change, Master, Comparing the Effectiveness of Information Nudges Combined with Commitment Devices in Lowering Meat Consumption, The London School of Economics and Political Science

Award Date: 14 Nov 2018

Economics, Bachelor, A cost-benefit appraisal of the East-West corridor extension of Kolkata Metro, Jadavpur University

Award Date: 31 Jul 2017


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