OUR TEAM

 Sharon Barnhardt is the Director and Principal Investigator of CESS Nuffield - FLAME University in Pune. Her research focuses on issues of urban development and rural health in India, through the use of natural and randomized evaluations. She is currently conducting an evaluation to improve the sustainability of community sanitation in urban Odisha and estimating the impact of selling iron-fortified iodized salt on anemia in women, men, and children in rural Bihar. Her earlier research studies the impact of government housing programs on economic mobility, inter-religious attitudes, and social networks. Her research is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 3ie, DFID, and the US National Institutes of Health. Prior to CESS, she was an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. Sharon is also an affiliate of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA).   Sharon earned her PhD from Harvard University and also holds an MPA from Princeton University.

Sharon Barnhardt is the Director and Principal Investigator of CESS Nuffield - FLAME University in Pune. Her research focuses on issues of urban development and rural health in India, through the use of natural and randomized evaluations. She is currently conducting an evaluation to improve the sustainability of community sanitation in urban Odisha and estimating the impact of selling iron-fortified iodized salt on anemia in women, men, and children in rural Bihar. Her earlier research studies the impact of government housing programs on economic mobility, inter-religious attitudes, and social networks. Her research is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 3ie, DFID, and the US National Institutes of Health. Prior to CESS, she was an Assistant Professor at the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad. Sharon is also an affiliate of the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA). 

Sharon earned her PhD from Harvard University and also holds an MPA from Princeton University.

Sharon Barnhardt

Director & PI for Economics and Public Policy

Ph.D., Harvard University

 Raymond Duch is an Official Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Director of the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) and Long Term Visiting Professor at the IAST, Toulouse School of Economics. Professor Duch’s research focuses on responsibility attribution, incorporating elements of theory, experiments and analysis of public opinion. His recent experimental research into cheating explores its implications for tax compliance, corruption and economic performance. 

Raymond Duch is an Official Fellow at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, Director of the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) and Long Term Visiting Professor at the IAST, Toulouse School of Economics. Professor Duch’s research focuses on responsibility attribution, incorporating elements of theory, experiments and analysis of public opinion. His recent experimental research into cheating explores its implications for tax compliance, corruption and economic performance. 

Raymond Duch

Chairman, Board of Advisors and Official Fellow

Nuffield College, University of Oxford

 Pavan Mamidi is the Principal Investigator for Law, Sociology, and Management and the Director of International Research Collaborations for the Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) Nuffield – FLAME University. Pavan is interested in investigating social norms, trust, pro-social behavior and behavioral ethics using laboratory experiments.  Previously, Pavan was a faculty member at IIM-Ahmedabad in the Business Policy area, where he taught courses on empirical research methods in the doctoral program, and negotiations and dispute resolution in several public policy programs for the government. He has also taught in policy programs for senior government officers, including IPS at the National Police Academy and IAS at LBSNAA in Mussoorie. He has held positions at IIM Bangalore, MIT (Sloan), the University of Michigan Law School, and Harvard Law School where he is an affiliated faculty at the Center on the Legal Profession.  Pavan has an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and a D.Phil in Sociology from the University of Oxford.

Pavan Mamidi is the Principal Investigator for Law, Sociology, and Management and the Director of International Research Collaborations for the Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) Nuffield – FLAME University. Pavan is interested in investigating social norms, trust, pro-social behavior and behavioral ethics using laboratory experiments.

Previously, Pavan was a faculty member at IIM-Ahmedabad in the Business Policy area, where he taught courses on empirical research methods in the doctoral program, and negotiations and dispute resolution in several public policy programs for the government. He has also taught in policy programs for senior government officers, including IPS at the National Police Academy and IAS at LBSNAA in Mussoorie. He has held positions at IIM Bangalore, MIT (Sloan), the University of Michigan Law School, and Harvard Law School where he is an affiliated faculty at the Center on the Legal Profession.

Pavan has an LL.M. from Harvard Law School and a D.Phil in Sociology from the University of Oxford.

Pavan Mamidi

co-Director & PI for Law, Management and Sociology

D.Phil., University of Oxford 

 Vijeta Pamnani is the Executive Assistant at CESS Nuffield – FLAME University. She joined the team at FLAME University in February 2017. Vijeta previously worked as an Expat Relocation Manager, a role in which she assisted Expats relocating to India on a long term project to settle in the country with regards to their housing, immigration status, city orientation, and schooling for children. She holds a B.A. from Pune University and a Diploma in Hotel Management. She has a total work experience of 13 years in the service industry.

Vijeta Pamnani is the Executive Assistant at CESS Nuffield – FLAME University. She joined the team at FLAME University in February 2017. Vijeta previously worked as an Expat Relocation Manager, a role in which she assisted Expats relocating to India on a long term project to settle in the country with regards to their housing, immigration status, city orientation, and schooling for children. She holds a B.A. from Pune University and a Diploma in Hotel Management. She has a total work experience of 13 years in the service industry.

Vijeta Pamnani

Executive Assistant

B.A., Pune University

 Harshada is a Research Associate at CESS Nuffield- FLAME University. She previously worked as a Research Manager with Haqdarshak, building on public policy and welfare infrastructure research.   Harshada holds an MSc in Social Psychology from the LSE, where her dissertation focused on social representations of poverty amongst the urban middle class in India.

Harshada is a Research Associate at CESS Nuffield- FLAME University. She previously worked as a Research Manager with Haqdarshak, building on public policy and welfare infrastructure research. 

Harshada holds an MSc in Social Psychology from the LSE, where her dissertation focused on social representations of poverty amongst the urban middle class in India.

Harshada Yadav

Research Associate

M.Sc., London School of Economics and Political Science

 Saumya Sampath is a Research Associate at CESS Nuffield- FLAME University. Saumya has previously worked with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and Society for Nutrition Education and Health Action (SNEHA) as a Research Intern on foreign policy issues and qualitative research for social development.  Saumya holds a BBA (Comm) from FLAME University with a double major in International Relations and Digital Marketing.

Saumya Sampath is a Research Associate at CESS Nuffield- FLAME University. Saumya has previously worked with the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) and Society for Nutrition Education and Health Action (SNEHA) as a Research Intern on foreign policy issues and qualitative research for social development.

Saumya holds a BBA (Comm) from FLAME University with a double major in International Relations and Digital Marketing.

Saumya Sampath

Research Associate

B.B.A., FLAME University

 Shardul Vaidya is Lab Manager at CESS Nuffield-FLAME University. He oversees the technical aspects of the Centre as well as design and deployment of economic games for experiments. As an undergraduate student, Shardul previously worked with the strategy teams at Disney India and the Aditya Birla Group.  He holds a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay.

Shardul Vaidya is Lab Manager at CESS Nuffield-FLAME University. He oversees the technical aspects of the Centre as well as design and deployment of economic games for experiments. As an undergraduate student, Shardul previously worked with the strategy teams at Disney India and the Aditya Birla Group.

He holds a B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from IIT Bombay.

Shardul Vaidya

Lab Manager

B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay


Affiliated Faculty

 Ozan Aksoy is a Senior Fellow at the Department of Quantitative Social Science at University College London (UCL) and an associate member of Nuffield College and the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences. Ozan’s two research focuses are cooperative behaviour in social dilemmas and the sociology of religion.  At UCL Ozan teaches Q-Step courses on methods and statistics. Before joining UCL, Ozan was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Nuffield College Centre for Experimental Social Sciences and at the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford. Ozan holds a PhD in sociology from the ICS Research School of Utrecht University.  His work has been published or accepted for publication in sociology (American Journal of Sociology, Sociological Science, European Sociological Review, Social Science Research, Journal of Mathematical Sociology), social psychology (Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Social Psychology Quarterly), political science (Electoral Studies), and game theory (Games) journals.

Ozan Aksoy is a Senior Fellow at the Department of Quantitative Social Science at University College London (UCL) and an associate member of Nuffield College and the Nuffield Centre for Experimental Social Sciences. Ozan’s two research focuses are cooperative behaviour in social dilemmas and the sociology of religion.

At UCL Ozan teaches Q-Step courses on methods and statistics. Before joining UCL, Ozan was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Nuffield College Centre for Experimental Social Sciences and at the Department of Sociology, University of Oxford. Ozan holds a PhD in sociology from the ICS Research School of Utrecht University.

His work has been published or accepted for publication in sociology (American Journal of Sociology, Sociological Science, European Sociological Review, Social Science Research, Journal of Mathematical Sociology), social psychology (Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Social Psychology Quarterly), political science (Electoral Studies), and game theory (Games) journals.

Ozan Aksoy

Senior Fellow at University College London

Associate Member, Nuffield College

Ph.D., Utrecht University

 Dr. Ambrosini is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster and Legal Counsel in the Forensic Psychiatry Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.  Before coming to McMaster, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Law School and a Research Lawyer with the Law Commission of Ontario. He was founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the McGill Journal of Law & Health, lectured at Harvard and McGill, and worked with criminal defense firms in Quebec and Ontario. The topic of his doctoral dissertation explored clinical, ethical, and legal aspects of psychiatric advance directives and the role of autonomy for individuals with mental illness.

Dr. Ambrosini is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences at McMaster and Legal Counsel in the Forensic Psychiatry Program at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton.

Before coming to McMaster, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard Law School and a Research Lawyer with the Law Commission of Ontario. He was founding Co-Editor-in-Chief of the McGill Journal of Law & Health, lectured at Harvard and McGill, and worked with criminal defense firms in Quebec and Ontario. The topic of his doctoral dissertation explored clinical, ethical, and legal aspects of psychiatric advance directives and the role of autonomy for individuals with mental illness.

Daniel Ambrosini

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences 

McMaster University

Ph.D., McGill University

 Edoardo Gallo is a University Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge and the Ajit Singh Official Fellow in Economics at Queens' College, Cambridge. He is also an Associate Member at Nuffield College (Oxford) and a Fellow at the Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance.  His research sits at the intersection of the economics of networks, experimental economics and behavioural economics. The fundamental question it investigates is how the structure of social networks causally affects individual behaviour and economic outcomes in a wide range of contexts. Methodologically, it combines theoretical, experimental, and empirical methods.  Prior to coming to Cambridge, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church (Oxford) and completed his D.Phil. in Economics at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and his A.B. in Physics and Mathematics at Harvard University.

Edoardo Gallo is a University Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics at the University of Cambridge and the Ajit Singh Official Fellow in Economics at Queens' College, Cambridge. He is also an Associate Member at Nuffield College (Oxford) and a Fellow at the Cambridge Endowment for Research in Finance.

His research sits at the intersection of the economics of networks, experimental economics and behavioural economics. The fundamental question it investigates is how the structure of social networks causally affects individual behaviour and economic outcomes in a wide range of contexts. Methodologically, it combines theoretical, experimental, and empirical methods.

Prior to coming to Cambridge, he was a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church (Oxford) and completed his D.Phil. in Economics at Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and his A.B. in Physics and Mathematics at Harvard University.

Edoardo Gallo

University Lecturer at the Faculty of Economics

 University of Cambridge

D.Phil., University of Oxford

 Luis Miller is Associate Professor of Experimental and Behavioral Economics at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain. Before, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Nuffield CESS in Oxford and the former Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena (Germany).  He has been a visiting scholar at Essex (UK), Indiana (US), ETH (Switzerland), Monash (Australia) and Santiago (Chile). Dr Miller uses lab-in-the-field experiments to study topics like the moral consequences of unemployment and the association between ethnicity and trust. He also uses standard laboratory experiments to understand the effects of different decision rules on multilateral bargaining situations.  He has published articles in leading international journals, such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Games and Economic Behavior, European Journal of Political Research or Experimental Economics, among many others.

Luis Miller is Associate Professor of Experimental and Behavioral Economics at the University of the Basque Country in Bilbao, Spain. Before, he was a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Nuffield CESS in Oxford and the former Max Planck Institute of Economics in Jena (Germany).

He has been a visiting scholar at Essex (UK), Indiana (US), ETH (Switzerland), Monash (Australia) and Santiago (Chile). Dr Miller uses lab-in-the-field experiments to study topics like the moral consequences of unemployment and the association between ethnicity and trust. He also uses standard laboratory experiments to understand the effects of different decision rules on multilateral bargaining situations.

He has published articles in leading international journals, such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Games and Economic Behavior, European Journal of Political Research or Experimental Economics, among many others.

Luis Miller

Associate Professor of Experimental and Behavioral Economics

University of the Basque Country

Ph.D., Complutense University of Madrid

 Wojtek Przepiorka is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology at Utrecht University. His research interests are in analytical and economic sociology, game theory, organizational behavior and quantitative methodology.  Professor Przepiorka uses laboratory, field and online survey experiments to investigate how social norms emerge, are enforced and change. For example, he currently investigates how descriptive norms of ICT use affect people’s privacy attitudes and behaviors (with C. Horne, Washington State University), or how the sharing of compromising information about deviant acts can produce trust and cooperation in extra-legal contexts (with D. Gambetta, EUI Florence).  Before moving to the Netherlands, Professor Przepiorka was a research fellow at Nuffield CESS and the Department of Sociology in Oxford. He studied sociology at University of Bern and completed his doctorate at ETH Zurich.

Wojtek Przepiorka is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Sociology at Utrecht University. His research interests are in analytical and economic sociology, game theory, organizational behavior and quantitative methodology.

Professor Przepiorka uses laboratory, field and online survey experiments to investigate how social norms emerge, are enforced and change. For example, he currently investigates how descriptive norms of ICT use affect people’s privacy attitudes and behaviors (with C. Horne, Washington State University), or how the sharing of compromising information about deviant acts can produce trust and cooperation in extra-legal contexts (with D. Gambetta, EUI Florence).

Before moving to the Netherlands, Professor Przepiorka was a research fellow at Nuffield CESS and the Department of Sociology in Oxford. He studied sociology at University of Bern and completed his doctorate at ETH Zurich.

Wojtek Przepiorka

Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology

Utrecht University

Ph.D., ETH Zurich

 

 Dr. Ravi is a Senior Fellow of Governance Studies Program, at Brookings India and Brookings Institution Washington D.C. She is also Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.  She leads the Development Economics research vertical at Brookings India, where the focus is on financial inclusion, health, gender inequality and urbanisation. Dr. Ravi is a visiting professor of Economics at the Indian School of Business where she teaches courses in Game Theory and Microfinance.  She is affiliated with the Financial Access Initiative of New York University and is an independent director on the board of Microcredit Ratings International Limited. She was part of the Enforcement Directorate of Microfinance Institutions Network in India and has served as independent director on boards of several leading microfinance institutions. 

Dr. Ravi is a Senior Fellow of Governance Studies Program, at Brookings India and Brookings Institution Washington D.C. She is also Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India.

She leads the Development Economics research vertical at Brookings India, where the focus is on financial inclusion, health, gender inequality and urbanisation. Dr. Ravi is a visiting professor of Economics at the Indian School of Business where she teaches courses in Game Theory and Microfinance.

She is affiliated with the Financial Access Initiative of New York University and is an independent director on the board of Microcredit Ratings International Limited. She was part of the Enforcement Directorate of Microfinance Institutions Network in India and has served as independent director on boards of several leading microfinance institutions. 

Shamika Ravi

Senior Fellow - Governance Studies Program, Brookings Institution

Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister of India

Ph.D., New York University

 Tom Simpson is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellow at Wadham College. He is an AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker for 2017. He works particularly on trust, and issues at the intersection of technology and security. He joined the School from Cambridge, where he was a Research Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, and was also educated (BA, MPhil, PhD).  Between degrees he was an officer with the Royal Marines Commandos for 5 years. He served in Northern Ireland; Baghdad, Iraq; and Helmand Province, Afghanistan. His work is published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Philosophy and Public Affairs, and other leading journals.

Tom Simpson is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, and a Senior Research Fellow at Wadham College. He is an AHRC/BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker for 2017. He works particularly on trust, and issues at the intersection of technology and security. He joined the School from Cambridge, where he was a Research Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, and was also educated (BA, MPhil, PhD).

Between degrees he was an officer with the Royal Marines Commandos for 5 years. He served in Northern Ireland; Baghdad, Iraq; and Helmand Province, Afghanistan. His work is published by Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Philosophy and Public Affairs, and other leading journals.

Tom Simpson

Associate Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy

Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford

Ph.D., University of Cambridge

 Dr. Szekely is an Affiliated Faculty at CESS India and since 2014 also a Research Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies  in Rome.  His background is in Sociology and Biology; Dr. Szekely received his DPhil and MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford in 2015 and 2010, respectively, and before that a BSc in Biology from the University of Bristol in 2008.  His expertise is in experimental methods in the behavioural sciences, particularly laboratory experiments—already in 2009 Dr. Szekely worked as a Research Assistant at CESS Nuffield—and he has conducted many of them and taught experimental methods at the European University Institute. In terms of research topics, he typically uses game theory as a guide and examines mechanisms underlying social behaviour including signalling theory, reputation, and social norms.  Currently open projects include experiments and models that test the effects of costly signalling on fighting, the emergence of social norms, the maintenance of group reputations, and the formation and development of protection rackets.

Dr. Szekely is an Affiliated Faculty at CESS India and since 2014 also a Research Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies  in Rome.

His background is in Sociology and Biology; Dr. Szekely received his DPhil and MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford in 2015 and 2010, respectively, and before that a BSc in Biology from the University of Bristol in 2008.

His expertise is in experimental methods in the behavioural sciences, particularly laboratory experiments—already in 2009 Dr. Szekely worked as a Research Assistant at CESS Nuffield—and he has conducted many of them and taught experimental methods at the European University Institute. In terms of research topics, he typically uses game theory as a guide and examines mechanisms underlying social behaviour including signalling theory, reputation, and social norms.

Currently open projects include experiments and models that test the effects of costly signalling on fighting, the emergence of social norms, the maintenance of group reputations, and the formation and development of protection rackets.

Aron Szekely

Research Fellow at the Laboratory of Agent-Based Social Simulation

Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies

D.Phil., University of Oxford

 

visiting phd students

Kimberlee Chang

Ph.D. Candidate

University of Colorado, Boulder

 

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Nicholas Haas

Ph.D. Candidate

        New York University          

 

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Nirvikar Jassal

Ph.D. Candidate

University of California, Berkeley 

 

Pete Aceves

Ph.D. Candidate

University of Chicago


student interns

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Kapish Agrawal

International Studies & Public Policy B.A. Candidate

FLAME University

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Jayanth Deshmukh

Public Policy & International Studies B.A. Candidate

FLAME University

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Harshada B.

Applied Mathematics & Economics B.Sc. Candidate

FLAME University

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Rhea Dhar

Economics & Psychology
B.A. Candidate

FLAME University

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Shreshth Bansal

Economics & Finance
B.A. Candidate

FLAME University

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Padmapriya Eunny

Economics & Psychology B.A. Candidate

FLAME Unversity

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Bhaamati B.

English & Applications of Computing A.B. Candidate

Princeton University

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Srinath Hariharan

Digital Marketing & Finance B.A. Candidate

FLAME University

 
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Deepta Iyer

Psychology & Advertising and Branding B.A. Candidate

FLAME University

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Riddhi Jain

Applied Math & Economics B.Sc. Candidate

FLAME University

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Gopika Kumaran

Economics & Psychology B.A. Candidate

FLAME University

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Manasa Narayanan

Economics & Psychology B.A. Candidate

Sophia College for Women

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Ragini Rao

Public Policy & International Studies B.A. Candidate

FLAME University

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Sidharth Rath

Public Policy & Environmental Studies B.A. Candidate

FLAME University

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Hanshita Rongali

Sociology & Environmental Studies B.A. Candidate

FLAME University

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Amalina Sengupta

Psychology & Human Resources B.A. Candidate

FLAME University