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 

      PhD, Harvard University           

Andrés L. Parrado is the Research Manager for the CESS Nuffield – FLAME University collaboration. Before joining FLAME University, Andrés worked as a Research Consultant with faculty at the Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad and the Blavatnik School of Government (Oxford). He holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University. As an Undergraduate Research Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), he researched Chinese immigration to non-traditional locations like Serbia.

Andrés L. Parrado is the Research Manager for the CESS Nuffield – FLAME University collaboration. Before joining FLAME University, Andrés worked as a Research Consultant with faculty at the Indian Institute of Management – Ahmedabad and the Blavatnik School of Government (Oxford). He holds a B.A. in East Asian Studies from Princeton University. As an Undergraduate Research Fellow at the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies (PIIRS), he researched Chinese immigration to non-traditional locations like Serbia.

Andrés L. Parrado

Research Manager

B.A., Princeton 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   

Official Fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford

Shardul Vaidya is a Research Associate 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

Research Associate

B.Tech., Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay

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 

  DPhil, 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


visiting phd students

Kimberlee Chang

PhD Candidate

University of Colorado, Boulder

2017 Pre-Doctoral Fellow

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Nicholas Haas

PhD Candidate

         New York University          

2017 Pre-Doctoral Fellow

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Nirvikar Jassal

PhD Candidate

University of California, Berkeley 

2018 Pre-Doctoral Fellow

Pete Aceves

PhD Candidate

University of Chicago


student interns

Shimul Bijoor

Environmental Studies B.A. Candidate

FLAME University

Maitreyi Menon

Economics & Public Policy
B.A. Candidate

FLAME University

Tanay Gokhale

Environmental Studies &  Economics B.A. Candidate

FLAME University

Tirtha Patel

Mathematics & Environmental Science B.Sc. Candidate

FLAME University

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Datta Sai Gouravelly

Finance & Economics
B.A. Candidate

FLAME University

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Pallavi Rajankar

Psychology &  Environmental Studies B.A. Candidate

FLAME University

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Navneeth JK

Economics & Mathematics
B.A. Candidate

FLAME University

Saumya Sampath

Digital Marketing B.A. Candidate

FLAME University