Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (Subcommittee)

Social and Behavioral Sciences Team (Subcommittee)
founded in the year 2015
acronym SBST
City Washington, D.C.
Country USA
type of institution governmental body
Virtual Networks A "Virtual Network" is a group of Think Tanks identified by certain semantic and normative (ideological) commonalities (e.g. climate change scepticism). Such a virtual network constitutes a research field that differs from the study of formal networks. Formal networks are real in the sense of officially acknowledged and immediately open to empirical validation. Virtual networks on the other hand display shared ideas. Social network analysis tools can be applied to find out if or to what extent virtual networks are real networks that display linkages (membership in networks, personnel, resources etc.). Unconnected think tanks in turn can be considered special cases in need of explanation independent from network structures (unless we have to assume invisible, hidden or covered ties). Behavioural economics in public governance
Last revision 9.06.2017

The subcommitte was setup by a presidential executive order USING BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE INSIGHTS TO BETTER SERVE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE in 09/2015. The website of the SBST is frozen since 20.01.2017. Its currently listed in the organizational chart of the NSTC (National Science and Technology Committee) of which Commission of Technology it is/was a subunit[1]. Its charter stipulates its termination by no later than 2017/03/31 unless explicitly renewed. There are no informations on a renewal, so the termination has to be surmised.


Organizational Structure and Funding


Working mode, goals

The SBST should mainstream policies and methods inspired by behavioural insights in all departments of the federal administration. It produced two annual reports in 2015 and 2016 each.


We used the DGs of the EU to generate a basic list of topics. This list is going to be steadily extended. However we try to preserve a persistent list of topics.


  1. NTSC - organizational chart