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Research Publications

GambleAware has a key role to play in supporting and mobilising other partners in the research eco-system to undertake research, and to grow research capability across the field. GambleAware publishes its research to ensure it can be accessed easily and for free by anyone with an interest in the developing evidence base.

Findings from our commissioned research projects can be filtered by theme using the drop down menu below

Remote Interventions: Applying behavioural insights to design better safer gambling tools (Part 2: Commitment devices)
The Behavioural Insights Team

Deposit limit tools — which cap the amount of money customers are able to deposit each day, week or month, to their online gambling account — are offered by all licensed remote gambling companies in Britain. Such tools are aimed at helping customers to limit their spending and control their behaviour.

The trial reported here assessed whether building out the functionality of industry-standard deposit limit tools to include a ‘commitment device’ could impact customers’ use of the tool, and their subsequent behaviour. A commitment device is a voluntary arrangement, designed to dissuade people from breaking their intentions.

Patterns of Play - Gambling behaviour: What can bank transaction data tell us? A feasibility study (Part 2: Analysis of HSBC UK customer data)
The Behavioural Insights Team

GambleAware’s Patterns of Play programme of research is a wide-ranging endeavour to use behavioural datasets to build a more accurate picture of the varied ways in which people gamble, and the potential impact it has on them. As part of this programme, bank transaction data was identified as offering the potential for richer information about gambling behaviour and new insights into tackling gambling harms. The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) embarked on a project to investigate the feasibility of working with banks, and their data, to those ends.

Patterns of Play - Gambling behaviour: What can bank transaction data tell us? A feasibility study (Part 1: Analysis of Monzo customer data)
The Behavioural Insights Team

GambleAware’s Patterns of Play programme of research is a wide-ranging endeavour to use behavioural datasets to build a more accurate picture of the varied ways in which people gamble, and the potential impact it has on them. As part of this programme, bank transaction data was identified as offering the potential for richer information about gambling behaviour and new insights into tackling gambling harms. The Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) embarked on a project to investigate the feasibility of working with banks, and their data, to those ends.

Lifting the Lid on Loot-Boxes
J. Close & J. Lloyd

This report by the University of Plymouth and University of Wolverhampton explores any links between video game ‘loot boxes’ and problem gambling, as well as identifying any particular demographics more likely to engage with these features.

As part of GambleAware's research grant to the University of Plymouth and University of Wolverhampton to investigate gambling, gaming, and loot-boxes, researchers produced an article, 'Loot boxes, problem gambling and problem video gaming: A systematic review and meta-synthesis', which was published in the academic journal, New Media and Society.

Annual GB Treatment and Support Survey 2020
B. Gunstone, K. Gosschalk, O. Joyner & A. Diaconu

The annual GB Treatment and Support survey uses data collected by YouGov and explores the usage of treatment and support services among gamblers, and those affected by another’s gambling. The report follows GambleAware’s first annual study of this kind, conducted in 2019.