Completed Research: Choice Modelling and Behavioural Research

  • Applying quantum technologies to the life sciences

    Researchers assessed the global research landscape associated with the development and adoption of quantum technologies in the life sciences, highlighting current developments, opportunities and challenges, initiatives, and activities to help enable the ecosystem in the future.

    05 Oct 2022

  • Examining proposal evaluation processes used in Horizon 2020

    Broadly speaking, proposal evaluation processes in Horizon 2020 were fair and transparent. However, there may be scope to improve consistency and the feedback provided, and to reduce the burden and conservatism of the process.

    03 Feb 2022

  • Measuring the use and value of Auckland Council amenities

    An online survey and series of interviews of Auckland residents revealed the majority want better access to neighbourhood parks and libraries, among other amenities, in some cases even if they don't necessarily use them.

    10 May 2021

  • Identifying patterns and factors affecting adoption of electric vehicles across the UK

    Researchers examined patterns of electric vehicles adoption across the country to help locate areas where investment in electric repair and servicing skills is needed.

    01 Mar 2021

  • Developing a New Transport Demand Model for the London Area

    With rising populations in London leading to higher demand on road and transport networks, Transport for London asked researchers to develop a new strategic travel model for London, which will be used to develop strategic land use and transport policy scenarios to assist with future investment in London’s transport systems.

    01 Mar 2021

  • Discrete choice experiment helps explain teacher retention in England

    Results of a stated preference survey of teachers in England show which job characteristics matter most to them and the trade-offs they would be willing to make between pay and other characteristics of the work environment.

    09 Feb 2021

  • Econometric modelling support links research and innovation to jobs and growth

    RAND Europe researchers assessed research and innovation reforms in EU countries to improve the modelling of policy impacts within the European Commission's QUEST III macroeconomic model.

    21 Dec 2018

  • A review of induced travel demand

    Through an extensive literature review, researchers found evidence that road capacity improvements result in induced travel demand, but most of the evidence came from large metropolitan areas outside the UK. More evidence from local studies would be helpful to ensure induced travel demand is properly accounted for in appraisal of capacity improvements to the UK's Strategic Road Network.

    28 Nov 2018

  • British people prefer a soft Brexit, if any

    A longitudinal study of British people finds they reject a no-deal scenario even more firmly than in 2017, and even Leave voters are shifting to a ‘softer’ Brexit. Membership in the European Economic Area remains the most popular option.

    11 Oct 2018

  • A New Transport Model for South East Wales

    RAND Europe researchers developed models capable of predicting levels of transport demand in South East Wales in response to a range of different policy options and in light of demographic changes.

    18 Sep 2018

  • Improved connectivity would benefit China's BRI

    Trade routes developed as part of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) aim to promote regional cooperation in Asia, Europe, and Africa. Improving multimodal transport infrastructure and connectivity in the BRI region would likely benefit all partners, and rail improvements would have the greatest impact.

    08 Aug 2018

  • Quantifying travellers’ willingness to pay for a tolled tunnel in central Copenhagen

    Stated choice experiments helped researchers quantify the willingness of car and van travellers to pay to use a proposed new tunnel to cross to and from Amager in central Copenhagen. The results from this study will inform the Danish Road Directorate's proposed new infrastructure.

    21 Mar 2018

  • 'Free' trials mislead many EU consumers

    Labelling that includes a notice of the monthly fee to be charged after the end of a free trial can help to improve consumers' awareness of subscription traps, but many people overlook the information or are overconfident in their ability to remember to cancel.

    19 Mar 2018

  • Updating the UK National Car Ownership Model

    The UK car ownership model was known to over-predict car ownership in dense urban areas, particularly London. In re-estimating the UK's current car ownership models using more recent data, researchers made improvements to the model specifications.

    22 Dec 2017

  • What sort of Brexit do the British want? Results of a proof-of-concept study

    The British public place the greatest value on the ability to make trade deals and having access to the Single Market for trade of goods and services after Brexit, more so than restricting freedom of movement, increasing UK sovereignty and reducing EU contributions.

    14 Jul 2017

  • Assessing the Outputs from European Research Council-funded Projects

    RAND Europe and OST carried out a comprehensive scientometric assessment of the outputs of ERC grants – the first time that a full analysis of the ERC’s funded research has been conducted in this way.

    07 Jul 2017

  • Understanding the Demand for Rail Travel in the UK

    An analysis of the National Travel Survey allowed researchers to quantify the impact of external socio-economic factors on rail demand. Application of the improved models for forecasting purposes requires the collation of socio-economic and demographic forecast data at an appropriately granular level.

    27 Apr 2017

  • "Living with Breathlessness" Seeks Better End-of-Life Care for COPD Patients

    RAND Europe explored whether stakeholders agreed with and anticipated problems implementing the recommendations of the "Living with Breathlessness" research programme to improve end-of-life care for patients with advanced chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

    06 Jun 2016

  • Mapping the Global Mental Health Research Funding System

    To support the coordination of mental health research, RAND Europe mapped the research funding ‘ecosystem’. Researchers explored who the major funders are, what kinds of research they support, and how their strategies relate to one another.

    25 Mar 2016

  • Exploring the Future of Driving in Developing Countries

    The level of automobility, or travel in personal vehicles, varies among countries. By determining the factors besides economic development that have affected automobility in developed countries, researchers can predict how automobility might evolve in developing countries such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China.

    15 Oct 2015

  • Examining the Bibliometric Performance of the Cambridge Neuroscience Network

    To inform and support Cambridge Neuroscience in their strategic direction, RAND Europe conducted a biblometric analysis that provides evidence on the research performance of the network (and its constituent researchers and organisational units) and explores collaboration dynamics.

    06 Jul 2015

  • Examining the Feasibility of Time-of-Day Tolls to Reduce Congestion

    To reduce traffic along a heavily congested Texas toll road, researchers used stated preference surveys and discrete choice models to understand how motorists will respond to alternative time-of-day pricing policies.

    19 Jun 2015

  • Estimating the Value of Mobile Telephony in Mobile Network 'Not-Spots'

    Around 80,000 premises in the UK are located in areas without mobile phone coverage – referred to as “not-spots”. Residents and businesses in these areas would be willing to pay for a mobile phone signal, according to RAND Europe research. Further, these areas may not be sustainable in the longer term without a signal, due to the negative impacts on business profits.

    12 Mar 2015

  • Factors Influencing Students' Choice of University in England

    RAND Europe used choice experiments to provide fresh empirical evidence on the relative influence of tuition fee levels and other factors on the decisions of those choosing between universities. Employment prospects, living expenses, university location, course quality and tuition fees were all important.

    12 Jun 2014

  • Measuring the Public Acceptability of Population-Level Interventions to Reduce Alcohol Consumption

    Public acceptability influences policy action, but the most acceptable policies are not always the most effective. The findings of a discrete-choice experiment suggest that public acceptability of alcohol interventions is dependent on both the nature of the policy and its expected effectiveness. Policy-makers struggling to mobilise support for hitherto unpopular but promising policies should consider giving greater prominence to their expected outcomes.

    28 May 2014