Bec Sanderson

Researcher & Facilitator

Bec is a researcher and writer with an MA in psychology and philosophy. She joined PIRC in 2012 and has co-authored No Cause is an Island, a recent report on effective charity communication;  Valuing Equality, a report on values and equality in Europe, and Building Bridges, about the framing of human rights in British newspapers.  She is currently researching how LGBTI rights are framed across Europe, and is leading PIRC’s work on the Framing the Economy project. She is experienced in research design and workshop facilitation.

Skills & interests:

  • Methodology and statistics for social science
  • Cognitive biases
  • Book binding
  • Wild swimming

Recent articles:

Meeting Shalom Schwartz

Shalom Schwartz is the psychologist behind the values model that inspires Common Cause, a values-led approach to social change. This summer, I met him at his home in New York. We talked about the connection between values and behaviour, some of the strangest applications of his theory (to architecture, to dance!) and, of course, theRead more

General Election Framing Guide 3

For anyone working towards a more equitable, democratic and sustainable society It’s just seven days until the polling stations close. Depending on your constitution (and/or the most recent poll you have seen), you might feel we are living in exciting (or terrifying) political times, or you might agree with Brenda in Bristol that there is justRead more

Framing The Economy

Over the next 2 years, PIRC is partnering with the New Economics Foundation, the New Economy Organisers Network and the FrameWorks Institute to find out how people across the UK think about the economy and how civil society campaigners can use this understanding to better communicate. In the coming months, we’ll organise interviews, surveys, focusRead more

Can you help reframe the economy?

Call out for literature! PIRC, New Economics Foundation, NEON and the Frameworks Institute are starting an 18 month project on Framing the Economy, helping social movements tell a better, more compelling story about what our economy is for, how it’s broken, and how we can fix it. It’s an ambitious project and we want toRead more

Rekindling Kindliness: Learning from Hebden Bridge 1

Last week, the Joseph Rowntree Foundation released a report that calls for more kindness in communities, and outlines some ways that helpfulness and support can be encouraged. It shows that kindness takes different forms,  not all of them equal in their impact, and it looks at a real British community (Hebden Bridge) to make recommendations thatRead more

The Mouse Paradigm: how markets affect our morals 1

The life of a mouse is entrusted to your care. You can either save this mouse, and receive no money. Or play the market to bargain for its life, and accept that it will be killed. This is the Mouse Paradigm, and it’s the subject of a recent study into how economic markets affect our moralRead more

Money talks: the impact of economic framing on how we act and feel

We’re ‘consumers’ or ‘taxpayers’ and we care about things like ‘pay-off’, ‘return on investment’ and ‘growth’: that’s the bottom line. Right? Well, I’d put my money on it. But, actually, when did that happen? When did we start to pepper our meetings, our work, and even dinner conversations with such words and phrases? Sometimes, ourRead more