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Dr Manu Savani
Senior Lecturer in Behavioural Public Policy

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My research uses mixed method experiments to answer questions about health and political behaviours. I am interested in behavioural biases and 'nudges' that might bring about better outcomes for people. 

Prior to my PhD, I was an economist at the UK Government's Department for International Development over 2003-2012. I held roles covering a range of countries (Afghanistan, Burundi, Malawi and Somalia) and policy issues (pro-poor growth, HIV and AIDS, conflict and development, and value for money in aid spending). More recently, I was a Global Impact Evaluation Adviser for Oxfam GB, managing evaluations for the Gendered Enterprise and Markets project in Zambia and Bangladesh using a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods in the field.

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I was awarded my PhD in 2017 from UCL’s Department of Political Science. I hold a First from the University of Oxford in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (St Anne’s College), and an MSc in Development Economics (Magdalen College). 


Senior Tutor for Politics and History at Brunel.

Associate Editor for Political Studies Review.

Newest selected publications

Banerjee, S., Zimmerman, L., Hortal, A., Dold, M., Ivchenko, A., Lades, L., et al. (2024) 'Recent developments in Behavioural Public Policy: IBPPC 2022'. Behavioural Public Policy, 0 (ahead of print). pp. 1 - 6. ISSN: 2398-063X Open Access Link

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Banerjee, S., John, P., Nyhan, B., Hunter, A., Koenig, R., Lee-Whiting, B., et al. (2024) 'Thinking about default enrollment lowers vaccination intentions and public support in G7 countries'. PNAS Nexus, 0 (in press, pre-proof). pp. 1 - 20.Open Access Link

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Koenig, R., Savani, MM., Lee-Whiting, B., McAndrews, J., Banerjee, S., Hunter, A., et al. (2024) 'Public support for more stringent vaccine policies increases with vaccine effectiveness'. Scientific Reports, 14 (1). pp. 1 - 8. ISSN: 2045-2322 Open Access Link

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Fisher, J., Savani, M. and Spyridonis, F. (2023) 'What do voters want from an online voting experience?: Results from user testing of a prototype i-voting app'. Place of publication: Brunel University London. Available at: Access Link


Savani, MM. and Collignon, S. (2023) 'Values and candidate evaluation: How voters respond to allegations of sexual harassment'. Electoral Studies, 83. pp. 1 - 13. ISSN: 0261-3794 Open Access Link

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