Centre for Experimental Social Sciences

CESS Nuffield – FLAME University

What we do

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 we joined the CESS network in 2016, with counterparts at both Nuffield College and the Universidad de Santiago de Chile.
At  FLAME University, the Centre pursues three objectives:

  •  Conducting social science experiments and publishing the knowledge created;
  •  Building an international research community by partnering with academics working in the US, Europe, and elsewhere;
  •  Promoting social-science experimentation in India.

Our 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 12 universities locally.

Why choose Us?
Why choose Us?

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.

CESS Nuffield - FLAME University also works closely with local and international partners to translate research ideas into actionable designs suited for the unique environment of developing countries. Leveraging its expertise in experimental methods and its cultural fluency in India, CESS Nuffield - FLAME University is a one-stop hub for adapting ambitious projects to complex settings.

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

Our Team

Sharon

Sharon Barnhardt

Director & PI for Economics and Public Policy
PhD, Harvard University
FLAME University

Pavan Mamidi

Co-Director & PI for Law, Management, and Sociology
DPhil, University of Oxford
MEDHA

Shardul Vaidya

Lab Manager
B.Tech., - Indian Institute of Technology - Bombay.
MEDHA

Vijeta Pamnani

Executive Assistant
B.A., Pune University
Saumya

Saumya Sampath

Research Associate
B.B.A., FLAME University
Saumya

Harshada Yadav

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

INTERNS 2018 - 19

FLAME University

Amalina Sengupta

Psychology & Human Resources B.A. Candidate
Josh Clark

Deepta Iyer

Psychology & Advertising and Branding B.A. Candidate
MEDHA

Gopika Kumaran

Economics & Psychology B.A. Candidate
MEDHA

Hanshita Rongali

Sociology & Environmental Studies B.A. Candidate
FLAME University

Harshada Balasubramanian

Applied Mathematics & Economics B.Sc. Candidate
FLAME University

Jayanth Deshmukh

Public Policy & International Studies B.A. Candidate
FLAME University

Manasa Narayanan

Economics & Psychology B.A. Candidate
FLAME University

Padmapriya Eunny

Economics & Psychology B.A. Candidate
FLAME University

Ragini Rao

Public Policy & International Studies B.A. Candidate
FLAME University

Rhea Dhar

Economics & Psychology B.A. Candidate
FLAME University

Riddhi Jain

Applied Math & Economics B.Sc. Candidate
FLAME University

Shreshth Bansal

Economics & Finance B.A. Candidate
FLAME University

Sidharth Rath

Public Policy & Environmental Studies B.A. Candidate
FLAME University

Srinath Hariharan

Digital Marketing & Finance B.A. Candidate
FLAME University

Kapish Agrawal

International Studies & Public Policy B.A. Candidate

INTERNS 2017 - 18

FLAME University

Shimul Bijoor

Environmental Studies & Design
B.A. candidate
Languages: Hindi, Konkani, Marathi
Josh Clark

Tanay Gokhale

Environmental Studies & Economics
B.A. candidate
Languages: Hindi, Marathi, French
MEDHA

Datta Sai Gouravelly

Finance & Economics
B.A. candidate
Languages: Hindi, Tamil, Telugu
MEDHA

Navneeth JK

Economics & Mathematics
B.A. candidate
Languages: Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu
Maitreyi

Maitreyi Menon

Economics & Public Policy
B.A. candidate
Languages: Hindi
Tirtha

Tirtha Patel

Mathematics & Environmental Science
B.Sc. candidate
Languages: Hindi, Gujarati
Pallavi

Pallavi Rajankar

Psychology & Environmental Studies
B.A. candidate
Languages: Hindi, Spanish
Saumya

Saumya Sampath

Digital Marketing & International Studies
B.B.A., FLAME University
Languages: Hindi, Punjabi, Marathi, Spanish

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