Convergent research has two defining traits: it is interdisciplinary, and it is driven by real-world challenges. CBSI researchers focus on three overlapping challenges: sustainability, diversity and well-being.


CBSI researchers apply behavioral science to meet present day needs without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. This means maintaining and restoring the environment that supports all of us, and investigating issues that range from water scarcity to climate change mitigation and adaptation. Such complex problems require that we also consider the social and economic implications of behavioral interventions – especially the consequences on society’s most vulnerable populations. The challenge of sustainability therefore overlaps with our two other guiding challenges, diversity and well-being.


We cannot solve our sustainability and well-being challenges without drawing on the ideas, experiences and perspectives from the entire population. That is why CBSI researchers seek science-based approaches to increasing the number of diverse voices across industries and disciplines that play a role in shaping our future. We are working, for example, to ensure women and racial and ethnic minorities have voices and opportunities in executive board rooms, engineering classrooms and public discourse.


CBSI researchers use behavioral science to improve human physical and mental health. This includes interventions to help medical professionals better serve patients while maintaining their own well-being. It also includes sharpening our approach to preventative healthcare.