Here are a few of the most interesting articles I’ve come across in various areas during my PhD–some interesting because of their methods, others because of their findings.  It’s less a comprehensive reading list, and more a list of what will whet your appetite in each of these areas.  Enjoy!


Behavior Change

Aunger R, Curtis V: Gaining Control: How human behavior evolved. Oxford: Oxford University Press; 2015.

Aunger R, Curtis V: Behaviour Centred Design: towards an applied science of behaviour change. Health Psychol Rev 2016:1-22.


Intervention Design

Datta S, Mullainathan S: Behavioral design: a new approach to development policy. Review of Income and Wealth 2014, 60:7-35.


Demand Measurement

Gall-ely ML: Definition, Measurement and Determinants of the Consumer’s Willingness to Pay: a Critical Synthesis and Directions for Further Research. Working Papers 2009, 2:91-113.

Poe GL: Behavioral Anomalies in Contingent Values and Actual Choices. Agricultural and Resource Economics Review 2016, 45:246-269.

Hensher DA, Rose JM, Greene WH: Applied choice analysis: a primer. Cambridge University Press; 2005.


Human Reasoning

Mercier H, Sperber D: Why do humans reason? Arguments for an argumentative theory. Behavioral and brain sciences 2011, 34:57-74.

Sloman S, Fernbach P: The knowledge illusion: why we never think alone. Penguin; 2017.



Clark A: Whatever next? Predictive brains, situated agents, and the future of cognitive science. Behav Brain Sci 2013, 36:181-204.

Glimcher PW: Foundations of neuroeconomic analysis. OUP USA; 2011.


Shared Sanitation

Evans B, Hueso A, Johnston R, Norman G, Pérez E, Slaymaker T, Trémolet S: Limited services? The role of shared sanitation in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. IWA Publishing; 2017.

Alam MU, Winch PJ, Saxton RE, Nizame FA, Yeasmin F, Norman G, Masud AA, Begum F, Rahman M, Hossain K: Behaviour change intervention to improve shared toilet maintenance and cleanliness in urban slums of Dhaka: A cluster‐randomized controlled trial. Tropical Medicine & International Health 2017.

Nakagiri A, Niwagaba CB, Nyenje PM, Kulabako RN, Tumuhairwe JB, Kansiime F: Are pit latrines in urban areas of Sub-Saharan Africa performing? A review of usage, filling, insects and odour nuisances. BMC Public Health 2016, 16:120.

Mara D: Shared sanitation: to include or to exclude? Trans R Soc Trop Med Hyg 2016, 110:265-267.

Tumwebaze IK, Mosler HJ: Effectiveness of group discussions and commitment in improving cleaning behaviour of shared sanitation users in Kampala, Uganda slums. Social Science and Medicine 2015, 147:72-79.

Exley JLR, Liseka B, Cumming O, Ensink JHJ: The sanitation ladder, what constitutes an improved form of sanitation? Environmental Science and Technology 2015, 49:1086-1094.

Heijnen M, Cumming O, Peletz R, Chan GK, Brown J, Baker K, Clasen T: Shared sanitation versus individual household latrines: a systematic review of health outcomes. PLoS One 2014, 9:e93300.


Peri-Urban Areas

Ezeh A, Oyebode O, Satterthwaite D, Chen Y-F, Ndugwa R, Sartori J, Mberu B, Melendez-Torres G, Haregu T, Watson SI: The history, geography, and sociology of slums and the health problems of people who live in slums. The lancet 2017, 389:547-558.

UN-HABITAT: The Challenge of Slums: Global Report on Human Settlements. 2003.


Social Network Analysis

J.M. Perkins, S.V. Subramanian, N.A. Christakis.  Social networks and health: a systematic review of sociocentric network studies in low- and middle- income countries.  Soc. Sci. Med., 125 (2015), pp. 60–78.

Cohen-Cole EthanFletcher Jason MDetecting implausible social network effects in acne, height, and headaches: longitudinal analysis. 

DA Kim, AR Hwong, D Stafford,  et al.  Social network targeting to maximise population behaviour change: a cluster randomised controlled trial.  Lancet (2015) published online May 5.