Rachel Lilley

Photograph of Rachel Lilley.PhD Candidate
MPhil, Aberystwyth University, PGCE, Newport University


Email: ral17@aber.ac.uk
Office: Llandinam Tower G1
Tel: 07807324668


Can mindfulness, linked to behaviour change training and coaching, support people working in key roles in governance and civil society to build their awareness of cognitive biases to effectively debias the mind and facilitate more effective development of policy and public interventions required for the transformative change required in the face of climate change?

Supervisor(s): Mark Whitehead


Rachel has worked for over 20 years in social and environmental change as Director of a social enterprise, trainer, consultant and communications expert. In recent years she has worked in Ceredigion locally on community engagement and domestic energy efficiency. She has developed and delivered consultancy and training interventions for Welsh Government, WWF, Ceredigion County Council, Ogilvy Mather amongst others. Her work and research interests are supporting effective and human centred change through developing the psychological capacity of policy and other change makers and leaders. This includes utilising the capacity and understanding of mindfulness and behavioural insights to support effective decision making and project/policy design.

Source of Funding


Research Interests

Decision Making, Affect, Mindfulness, Behaviour Change, Sustainability, Climate Change


  1. Whitehead, M. Howell, R. Jones, R. Lilley, R. Pykett, J. (2017) Neuroliberalism: Behavioural Government in the 21st Century (Routledge, Abingdon).
  2. Whitehead, M. Howell, R. Jones, R. Lilley, R. Pykett, J. (2015) (under review) Neuroliberalism:Geography and Behavioural Government Transactions of the Institute of British Geographers
  3. Whitehead, M. Howell, R. Jones, R. Lilley, R and Pykett, J. (2014) 'Nudging All Over the World: Assessing the Global Impact of the Behavioural Sciences' (Aberystwyth)
  4. Lilley, R. Whitehead, M. Howell, R. Jones, R. and Pykett, J. (2014) Mindfulness Base Engagement in Public Policy: An Evaluation (Aberystwyth)