Researcher Practitioner, advisor, trainer, facilitator
Dr Rachel Lilley has developed world leading research on decision making, mindfulness and behavioural insights working with government and policy leaders in the Welsh and UK Government. She has over 20 years’ experience working on environmental, social, individual and organisational change.
She has worked intensively with the Welsh Government developing and delivering innovative approaches to project and organisational development using behaviour change and mindfulness. Her work has been described as 'radical' by the Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford.
She is an expert behaviour change consultant and has pioneered a programme which builds capacities for understanding and delivering behaviour change and working with complexity, Her mindfulness based behavioural insights and decision making course builds capacities of attention, emotion and cognition improves decision making, collaboration and creativity whilst also mitigating bias. Rachel has worked with leaders and teams from across the public and private sector included: Ogilvy Mather, WWF, New Forest Parks Authority, Global Action Plan, New Economics Foundation, Kambe Events, Ceredigion County Counci she is also a contributor to the mindfulness initiative.
Rachel has many years experience in the public sector working on the practical design and delivery of sustainability behaviour change projects in the community.
Pykett, J., Jones, R., Lilley, R., Whitehead, M. and Howell, R., 2017. Neuroliberalism: behavioural government in the twenty-first century. Routledge.
Contributing author: Building the case for Mindfulness in the workplace. Ver 1.0, published October 2016. http://themindfulnessinitiative.org.uk/publications/building-the-case
Pykett, J., Lilley, R., Whitehead, M., Howell, R. 2016. Governing Mindfully, Emotional States Sites and spaces of affective governance, Edited by Eleanor Jupp, Jessica Pykett, Fiona M. Smith, 2017 – Routledge
Pykett, J., Lilley, R., Whitehead, M., Howell, R. 2016. Mindfulness, Behaviour Change, and Decision Making: An Experimental Trial. University of Birmingham, Birmingham Other
Lilley, R., Jacques, B.’ Cass, J. 201. Relationship Experts: behaviour change and home energy coaching. Ymlaen Ceredigion, Aberystwyth. http://www.nea.org.uk/research/research-database/relationship-experts-behaviour-change-home-energy-coaching/
Whitehead, M., Lilley, R., Howell, R., Jones, R., Pykett, J. 2016. (RE)Inhabiting Awareness: Geography and Mindfulness. Social and Cultural Geography 17 (4) pp. 553-573. 10.1080/14649365.2015.1089590
Lilley, R., Whitehead, M., Howell, R., Jones, R., Pykett, J. 2016. Mindfulness, Behaviour Change and Engagement in Environmental Policy. Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University Other
Lilley, R., Whitehead, M., Howell, R., Jones, R., Pykett, J. 2016. Mindfulness, Behaviour Change and Engagement in Public Policy – Evaluation Report 2. Prifysgol Aberystwyth | Aberystwyth University, Aberystwyth Other
Polzin, C., Rauschmayer, F., Lilley, R., Whitehead, M. 2015. What would ‘mindful capabilities’ be? A comment on Mabsout’s ‘mindful capability’. Ecological Economics 120 pp. 355-357. 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2015.10.002
Whitehead, M., Jones, R., Howell, R., Lilley, R., Pykett, J. 2014. Nudging All Over the World: Assessing the global impact of the behavioural sciences on public policy. Economic and Social Research Council Other
"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them." Albert Einstein.How do we develop the capacities needed to deal with the tricky and complex problems of our time? Be they large global problems such as climate change or issues closer to home like fitness, family relationships and effective inclusive working in our organisations and communities. Getting insight into how our unconscious, habitual mind meets and interprets our experience can transform our lives. We become more self aware individuals, better relational beings, our organisations improve and we become more creative and integrated. Neuroscience, behavioural economics and psychology are telling us new things about our brains every day. Mindfulness meditation, reflective practices and inquiry help us understand how we relate, this is not only fascinating, it is transformative.