Research Areas

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

We also encourage researchers with 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 get in touch with us at

Pre-doc fellowship in experimental social science

Are you an early-stage PhD student focusing on experiments in a Social Science? You may be able to spend two months with us to design and execute a lab or lab-in-the-field experiment (with villagers, factory workers, indigenous communities, etc.). We’re looking for exceptional candidates from any social science discipline and related, applied fields. This year, we are excited about proposals related to gender and competition, inter-ethnic cooperation, social norms, trust, behavior change, and regulation.

Fellows will receive:

  • Round-trip fight to India
  • Funds for subject payments
  • Housing

Apply by September 30th, 2017 for December, 2017 to February, 2018 visits. Rolling for later visits.

To apply, e-mail us at with a CV and an early-stage design (including a brief literature review) that you would like to develop further with someone from CESS Nuffield - FLAME University.

Recent Research Talks

June, 2017

Dr. Narayanan Srinivasan,Prof. and Head, 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
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, 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)