The Journal of Behavioural Economics and Social Systems (BESS) aims to leverage insights from behavioural economics to help solve the most pressing challenges facing the world today. BESS explores the theory underpinning the practice of the ‘Second Track’ with a view to broaden recognition of the methodology and encourage its wider adoption.

The online version of BESS is published on Aalborg University’s OJS platform,

Full papers for the next issue of BESS (Vol. 6. No. 1) must be submitted by 30 April 2024 (see our Call for Papers flyer). Please send your papers via email to You will find details of the style guide at the end of each edition.

BESS Vol. 5, No.1-2, October 2023

Our new, double issue of BESS covers a range of thought-provoking topics, from the self-governing practices found in Indigenous societies and what modern organisations can learn from them, to the growing ‘trust divide’ between our elected politicians and the electorate. Other articles cover the practical applications of ‘positive deviance’ and the ‘second track’ and the new forms of political, economic and decision-making frameworks required to manage the growing complexity of global challenges.

BESS Vol. 4, No.2, December 2022

Our fifth edition of BESS examines the issues of modern-day slavery in global supply chains, honours the contributions of late Prof Berndt Brehmer to the study of dynamic decision making under uncertainty, investigates the potential of humanities, arts and social sciences to address the unique challenges of the New Space Age, questions some of the outdated categories of economic capital, and recounts the origins of OECD’s leading body on SME policies.

BESS Vol. 4, No.1, May 2022

The new issue of BESS explores how First Nations peoples’ practices and way of thinking could inform new models of corporate governance, revisits the history of macroeconomic theory, and reflects on the anatomy of human judgement and what war games can contribute to decision making in uncertain and fast-moving environments.

BESS Vol. 3, No.1, June 2021

The third issue of BESS looks at the Second Track through the lens of neuroscience, outlines new methods in policy decision-making, crowd management and organisational learning, explores antifragility, and argues that science will help prevent climate change. Peter Fritz AO discusses creativity and compliance in his Foreword to this edition.

Vol. 2, No. 1, June 2020

The second issue of BESS explores Second Track processes through a complexity theory lens, considers the intricacies of stakeholder management in commercial and academic sectors, and reflects on adaptive leadership and business strategies at times of uncertainty. Peter Fritz AO introduces the second edition in his blogpost on Open Forum.

Vol. 1, No. 1, August 2019

The inaugural edition of BESS was officially launched at the GAP 10th Annual Economic Summit on 20 September 2019 in the Legislative Assembly Chamber of NSW Parliament House. In his Foreword, Peter Fritz explains the rationale behind the Journal.