Reece Akhtar, PhD




Dr. Reece Akhtar is an organizational psychologist and data scientist at University College London.

He recently completed his PhD where he investigated how people discover and share innovative ideas. Reece's research also focuses on personality, social networks and digital signals of behaviour. He has published in peer-reviewed journals on the topic and frequently presents his research at academic conferences. He also spends his time researching the psychology of video games, and teaching Consumer Psychology to MSc students at London Metropolitan University.

Alongside his academic research, he regularly works with organisations to provide evidence-based solutions using behavioural science. Previous clients include Unilever, IMS Health, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets, and the UK’s Department of Work and Pensions.


Reece frequently publishes in peer-reviewed journals and presents his research at academic conferences. You can view his research here.

His research expertise fall into two streams of applied psychology:

Consumer Psychology:

  • Motivations of video game players
  • Video game communities
  • Consumer profiling
  • Brand identity
  • Experiential marketing
  • Consumer decision making

Organisational Psychology:

  • Individual differences
  • Digital talent signals
  • Psychometrics & personality assessment
  • Social networks
  • Creativity, innovation & entrepreneurship
  • Team & leadership development


Outside of his academic research, he regularly works with organisations using behavioural science to provide evidence-based solutions. Given his diverse research interests, his consulting experience is no different.

Below are some of the organisations he has worked for.


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