About us

Brook Lyndhurst is an independent research and strategy consultancy. We work on projects that are concerned with understanding, promoting and delivering sustainable development. Since coming into being in 1999 we have worked for clients through the UK that share our commitment to the need to build a more sustainable society; and who understand, too, that the practical steps by which this can be achieved need to be based on robust evidence, creative insight and bold vision.

Whilst retaining our core belief in the importance of sustainability, our work has both shaped, and evolved to reflect, emerging priorities. Broadly, our work falls into one of six key areas – climate change; communities; business and sustainability; waste and resources; food; and sustainable lifestyles. (For an example of our experience and expertise on food, a brochure is available for download in the centre column). Across these areas we synthesise economic, social and environmental analysis. We retain the view that significant changes in individual, organisational and governmental behaviour are needed to bring about a more sustainable society, and much of our work is concerned with ‘behaviour change’.

Reflecting the breadth and complexity of the issues we tackle, our team is an eclectic mix. We have backgrounds in economics, anthropology, geography, international development, environmental science, social studies, journalism, market research, the Middle East, philosophy, political science and history. This variety means that our meetings are rarely dull, our thinking is rigorously tested and our analysis is invariably challenging.

Describing our approach in a blurb such as this is tricky, however, so rather than attempt a single, succinct adjective, or blather on about our ethical procurement policy or our flexible working patterns, we threw all the things we think apply to Brook Lyndhurst and ran it through Wordle. The resulting image, below, is as good an idea of what Brook Lyndhurst is about as you’re likely to get.

Brook Lyndhurst Blog

  • Energy efficiency: behaviour, rationality, economics and politics

    I had the pleasure of joining some 300 researchers and academics from around the world a couple of weeks ago to discuss the latest thinking on persuading consumers to use less energy.  The BEHAVE2014 conference took place in Oxford at a time when it is increasingly appreciated, by businesses, governments and civic society, that any [...] 

  • Herd behaviour amongst sports fans

    We had a conversation in the office the other day about herd behaviour and the difference between football and cricket crowds. Why is it that spectators at a football match can occasionally get aggressive and abusive, but spectators at a cricket match tend to act more like naughty schoolboys: boisterous but essentially good-natured? It’s a [...]