Target audience
Activities & modules
Instructors & speakers



As we transition towards a low carbon society, significant change will be required. Within this context, sustainable behaviour change has a major role to play and the thought leadership of NGOs will be critical.

The Academy of Change is a capacity building programme designed for 50 future leaders working on climate change and sustainability within the NGO sector. It will offer a unique professional development journey to help you build your skills in enabling more sustainable behaviour within your target groups, allowing you to integrate evidence-based knowledge about the underpinnings of behaviour into your strategies and projects.

We understand the challenges around the implementation of behaviour change knowledge, and the role that tailor-made approaches and networks play as a decisive factor in replicating best practices, and encouraging interdisciplinary strategies focused on enabling more sustainable behaviours and lifestyles. Through the integration of behavioural insights into their projects and activities, NGOs have the opportunity to boost their impact within this realm.

The programme is entirely free and will include training, webinars, coaching and networking opportunities with the other academy participants and high-level stakeholders.



The Academy of Change will:

  • Take you on a journey during which you will learn what behaviour change is, the theory and tools available, and the sustainability context in which it sits
  • Unlock the practical applications of behavioural theory to enhance the way in which you engage target groups, members and supporters, generating greater impact through your activities and campaigns
  • Expose you to the latest developments in behavioural science, some of the leading thinkers in the field and the best case studies of its practical application
  • Enable you to think more strategically about how to use research and insight, and robustly evaluate your activities
  • Provide you with bilateral support to integrate behaviour change knowhow into your strategies and projects as well as into the organisational development of your NGO, aimed at enabling you to become a behaviour change ambassador within your organisation
  • Ultimately, build up a complete picture of how behaviour change thinking can enable you and your NGO to accelerate change in the sustainable behaviours and lifestyles that really matter
  • Enable knowledge exchange and networking among NGOs and high-level experts and stakeholders on the strategic role of sustainable behaviour change

Target audience

The programme is designed for professionals from NGOs dedicated to sustainability and climate change.


  • At least 2 years of work experience in NGOs or equivalent
  • Proficiency in English
  • Ability to implement knowledge of behaviour change within the framework of NGO activities

Activities & modules


The programme consists of 6 modules that comprise strategic training, through in-person workshops and webinars, networking activities, and coaching sessions. Learning materials include explanatory videos and images, stories of real cases and assignments to support the application of programme learning in real projects. Go to our curriculum page to learn more about each module.

Instructors & speakers


The Academy of Change is run by CSCP and Behaviour Change, who will be delivering the content of the programme, and running the webinars, workshops and coaching. See more information about our team here. In addition, a line-up of keynote speakers, academics and experts will deliver insight through live webinars, videos, blogs and in person at workshops.

Speakers will be announced and listed here shortly. Please sign up for our newsletter to keep up to date on all announcements.


What can you expect?

  • Results from the call for applications will be announced by mid-January 2020. All applicants will be notified of the results via email.
  • The first module will start with a webinar on 26 June 2018. Subsequently, there will be one module covered in each of the next 8 months, aside from a break in August
  • 2 modules will be delivered in person in workshops (Central Europe venue TBC), with the rest delivered through webinars and content on the programme website
  • The programme is free of charge thanks to funding from the KR Foundation
  • Travel costs support to attend the workshops will be provided to max. 20 Academy participants within Europe who demonstrate need
  • The estimated time commitment is 4 hours per month. When applying to the Academy, you are committing to participating in all modules and to fulfil all assignments.
  • A recorded version of the webinars will be made available to the Academy participants soon after its delivery
  • Throughout the programme you will be able to interact with instructors and with the community of participants
  • A regular email newsletter, plus articles on the programme website, will keep you up to date with new content, speaker announcements and other news
  • A monthly practical assignment which builds on each module to help you apply the programme content to your own work
  • A mechanism to track your progress
  • A certificate of successful completion for those participants that have attended all sessions and completed assignments
  • Module content will be made exclusively available to participants initially and will later be made available publicly


The second round of Academy of Change will run from March to June 2020. We are currently developing a more specific timeline for the planned activities. We will update this page as soon as possible.