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
Raymond Duch

Raymond Duch

Chairman, Board of Advisors and Official Fellow
Nuffield College, University of Oxford
FLAME University

Pavan Mamidi

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

Tirtha Patel

Research Associate
B.Sc., FLAME University
Saumya

Saumya Sampath

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

Shardul Vaidya

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

Harshada Yadav

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

INTERNS 2018 - 19

Kapish Agrawal

Kapish Agrawal

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

Harshada B.

Applied Mathematics & Economics B.Sc. Candidate
FLAME University
Shreshth Bansal

Shreshth Bansal

Economics & Finance B.A. Candidate
FLAME University
Jayanth Deshmukh

Jayanth Deshmukh

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

Rhea Dhar

Economics & Psychology B.A. Candidate
FLAME University
Padmapriya Eunny

Padmapriya Eunny

Economics & Psychology B.A. Candidate
FLAME University
Srinath Hariharan

Srinath Hariharan

Digital Marketing & Finance B.A. Candidate
FLAME University
Deepta Iyer

Deepta Iyer

Psychology & Advertising and Branding B.A. Candidate
FLAME University
Riddhi Jain

Riddhi Jain

Applied Math & Economics B.Sc. Candidate
FLAME University
Gopika Kumaran

Gopika Kumaran

Economics & Psychology B.A. Candidate
FLAME University
Maitreyi Menon

Maitreyi Menon

Economics & Public Policy B.A. Candidate
FLAME University
Manasa Narayanan

Manasa Narayanan

Economics & Psychology B.A. Candidate
Sophia College for Women
Ragini Rao

Ragini Rao

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

Sidharth Rath

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

Hanshita Rongali

Sociology & Environmental Studies B.A. Candidate
FLAME University
Amalina Sengupta

Amalina Sengupta

Psychology & Human Resources B.A. Candidate
FLAME University

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