Collaboration Experimentation


Collaboration Experimentation

Centre for Experimental Social Sciences

CESS Nuffield - FLAME University



CESS Nuffield – FLAME University is a collaboration between Nuffield College in the University of Oxford and FLAME University designed to conduct and promote lab and lab-in-the-field experiments in India.  Nuffield College in the University of Oxford started its own Centre for Experimental Social Sciences in 2008 and now works with universities in India and Chile to facilitate experiments with international subject pools.

At FLAME University, the Centre pursues three objectives:
1.  Conducting social science experiments and publishing the knowledge created;
2.  Building an international research community by partnering with academics working in the US, Europe, and elsewhere;
3.  Promoting social-science experimentation in India.

The lab features 30 Dell laptop computers for mobile experiments and 20 traditional lab stations with a similar interactive feel as the CESS labs in Oxford and Santiago, Chile.  Based in Pune, India’s university town, we have access to students at local 12 universities.

A unique feature of CESS Nuffield – FLAME University is our capacity to run high-quality lab-in-the-field experiments in a wide array of settings in India with diverse subject pools.  We aim to work with non-student subject pools such as people living in tribal villages and low-income housing, school teachers and principals, factory workers, working women, laborers, and construction workers.  This mobile lab allows researchers to move closer to policy-relevant questions by studying subjects who face the researcher’s question of interest in normal life, along with games designed to mimic the context in which they make decisions.

While the Centre welcomes proposals to use the lab for academic research on any topic and from any social science (or related field), we are particularly interested in the following: cooperation, trust, behavior change, behavioral economics, and law & economics. 

We also encourage researchers with an interest in running lab-in-the-field studies in applied policy contexts such as gender and competition, water and sanitation, health and nutrition, policing, and livelihoods. If you are interested in conducting experiments at our Centre, you can find out more information on our Researchers page.


ReCENT research Talks

March, 2018

Prof. Florian Zimmermann, University of Bonn and the briq Institute on Behavior & Inequality. "The Dynamics of Motivated Beliefs." (CESS Nuffield)


February, 2018

Dr. Jan E. Cooper, Postdoctoral Fellow, MIT Poverty Action Lab J-PAL South Asia. "Women’s Power in Cash Transfer Programs for Health Promotion."

Prof. Shagata Mukherjee, Meghnad Desai Academy of Economics. "Are Women Really Better Borrowers in Microfinance? Evidence from Matrilineal and Patrilineal Societies in India."


January, 2018

Prof. Peiran Jiao, Maastricht University. "Learning in Categories and the Attention Constraints of Investors." (CESS Nuffield)

Prof. Christine Cheng, King's College London. "Conflict Capital."

Prof. Rebecca Morton, NYU (NYC and Abu Dhabi). "The Dark Side of the Vote: Biased Voters, Social Information, and Information Aggregation Through Majority Voting."

Dr. Curtis Kephart, Postdoctoral Associate, NYU Abu Dhabi. "Using R and RStudio in Research."

Dr. Han Il Chang, Postdoctoral Associate, NYU Abu Dhabi. "Building Cooperation Among Groups in Conflict: An Experiment on  Cooperation in Lebanon." 

Prof. Sveinung Arnesen, University of Bergen. "By What Authority? Uncovering The Conditional Mandate from Referendums in EU Membership Decisions." (CESS Nuffield)


December, 2017

Prof. Vikramaditya Khanna, University of Michigan Law School. "Stock Market Reactions to India's 2016 Demonetization: Implications for Tax Evasion, Corruption, and Financial Constraints." 


November, 2017

Prof. Michael Muthukrishna,  London School of Economics and Political Science. "Corruption, Competition and Scales of Cooperation: Corruption is Rooted in Our Relationships." (CESS Nuffield)


August, 2017

Ms. Amma Panin, FLAME University Postdoctoral Research Officer at Nuffield College, Oxford. "God insures those who pay? Formal insurance and religious offerings: Evidence from Ghana."


June, 2017

Prof, Narayanan Srinivasan, Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad. "Effects of Attention on Decision-Making."

Dr. Sumeet Mhaskar, Junior Research Partner at the Max Planck Institute for the study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity. "Claiming Entitlements in a Neo-Liberal City: Mumbai’s Ex-millworkers Political Mobilisation on the Housing Question."

Ms. Jasmine Bhatia, DPhil candidate, University of Oxford. "Strongmen or Technocrats? A Conjoint Experiment Testing Leadership Preferences in Afghanistan." (CESS Nuffield)


May, 2017
Prof. David Gill, Purdue University. "Using Goals to Motivate College Students: Theory and Evidence from Field Experiments." (CESS Nuffield)

Ms. Sabine Neuhofer, University of Vienna. "Need-based Justice in Social Exchange Networks." (CESS Nuffield)

Prof. Erik Ø. Sørensen,  NHH Norwegian School of Economics. "Choice and personal responsibility: What is a morally relevant choice?" (CESS Nuffield)

Dr. John Jensenius III, Postdoctoral Research Officer, Centre for Experimental Social Sciences - Nuffield College in the University of Oxford. "On Inactivity in the Lab."

Prof. Stuart Soroka, University of Michigan. "More Bad News: A Cross-National Psychophysiological Exploration of Negativity Biases in Reactions to Network News."


April, 2017
Mr. Maximilian Voigt, M.Sc. Financial Economics candidate, Saïd Business School - University of Oxford. "Do Banks Distort Choices?" (CESS Nuffield)


March, 2017
Prof. Ron Harstad, University of Missouri. “Efficiency Measurement via Revealed Thresholds, Without Knowing Valuations." (CESS Nuffield)

Mr. Nicholas Haas, PhD candidate, Politics Department - New York University. "From De Jure to De Facto: Ethnic Occupational Stereotyping and the Persistence of Hierarchy."

Mr. Balaraju Battu, PhD candidate, Centre of Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences - University of Allahabad. "Evolution of Cooperation with Heterogeneous Conditional Cooperators."


February, 2017
Prof. Chirantan Chatterjee, Indian Institute of Management - Bangalore. “Does Environmental Regulation Indirectly Induce Upstream Innovation? New Evidence from India."

Prof. Juanjuan Meng, Guanghua School of Management, Peking University. "Does Gift Competition Hurt? – Experimental Study on Multilateral Gift Exchange." (CESS Nuffield)


January, 2017
Prof. Ram Mahalingham, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor). “Mindful Mindset, Interconnectedness and Engaged Living.”

Prof. Raymond Duch, Nuffield College in the University of Oxford. "Is Cheating a National Pastime?: Evidence from Tax Compliance Experiments in Russia, Chile, and Britain." 

Prof. Sergey Gavrilets, University of Tennessee. "Collective Action and the Internalization of Social Norms." (CESS Nuffield)


December, 2016
Prof. Chetan Dave, NYU Abu Dhabi. “An Experimental Investigation of the Determinants of Teacher Quality: Risk, Patience or Altruism?”

Prof. Margaret Roberts, UC San Diego. “How Sudden Censorship Can Increase Access to Information.” (CESS Nuffield)    


FLAME University Campus

Gat No. 1270, Lavale, Off. Pune Bangalore Highway, Pune, Maharashtra, 412115, India