University staff profile

Stephen Young

Senior Lecturer

Brighton Business School

Telephone: +441273642180


Stephen Young is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Brighton, teaching undergraduates and postgraduates at Brighton Business School, where he is subject leader for behavioural economics. He also teaches behavioural economics to health professionals at Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Stephen writes, advises and presents on behaviour change, climate change, sustainability, and ICTs and has been widely published. He draws on extensive experience in analysing, advising and consulting on markets, strategy, policy and regulation. As well as presenting at, and chairing conferences, Stephen facilitates workshops and training sessions for public and private sector organisations.

Stephen was consultant to the United Nations International Telecommunication Union during 2009-2011. Before that he was Principal Consultant/Principal Analyst at Europe's largest independent Information and Communications Technology (ICT) advisory firm, Ovum Ltd. He previously headed the public policy and EU regulatory functions at Europe's first full-service competitive telecoms firm, Mercury Communications Ltd.

Stephen has been published in over 60 books and reports, chapters in books and reports, and press and journal articles. He has spoken at, or chaired, more than 60 national and international conferences and led, or spoken at, around 50 workshops and customer briefings for international corporate and public sector clients. Stephen has directed, managed or been subject expert on over 20 bespoke consultancy studies for clients, including major corporations, governments and regulators. Stephen has a First Class Honours Degree in Economics, and an MA Politics and Government, with Distinction. He also holds a Diploma from the Chartered Institute of Marketing, and a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education.

As an advocate of, and activist for, walking, Stephen blogs about living carfree at:

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Recent publications

Young, S. and Caisey, V. Behavioural Economics and Social Marketing: Points of Contact? Chapter in Volume II of Stewart, D. (Ed) Handbook of Persuasion and Social Marketing. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/London: Routledge 2014.

Young, S (2013) The Behavioural Economics of Owning A Car. eg magazine. Volume 18, Issue 5, March-April 2013. ISSN 2042-1990

Young, S., Caisey, V., Ospina, A. V., Bueti, C. (2012) Information And Communications Technologies (ICTs) and climate change adaptation and mitigation: The case of Ghana. Geneva: International Telecommunication Union. September 2012

Young, S. and Caisey, V., (2011) Is Behavioural Economics The New Social Marketing? Social Marketing Conference: Changing Behaviour Through Communications. London, November 2011.

Young, S. (2011) Climate Change, ICTs and Regulation. Chapter 7 in Trends in Telecommunications Reform; Enabling Tomorrow's Digital World: 2010/11. Geneva: International Telecommunication Union. March 2011

Young, S. (2011) An Introduction to Behavioural Economics. Pre-Conference Workshop on Insight-Driven Behaviour Change: UK Social Marketing Conference. Brighton, November 2011

Young, S. (2011) Green Growth and ICTs. Ministry of Industry and Information Technology/International Telecommunication Union Seminar, ICT As An Enabler for Creative and Green Economy. Beijing, People's Republic of China. September 2011.

Young, S. and Caisey, V. (2011) Is Behavioural Economics The New Social Marketing? Thoughts from a Social Marketer and a Behavioural Economist. World Social Marketing Conference. Dublin, Ireland. April 2011.

Young, S. (2010) ICTs, Climate Change and the Role for Regulation. International Telecommunication Union 10th Global Symposium For Regulators (GSR) Discussion Paper. 10-12 November 2010, Dakar, Senegal.

Young, S. and Caisey, V., (2010) Mind shift, mode shift: A lifestyle approach to reducing car ownership and use based on behavioural economics and social marketing Perspectives in Public Health, 130 (3). pp. 136-142. ISSN 1757-9147