Welcome to the Centre for Experimental Social Sciences
Experimental work in the social sciences in Oxford had been started by Michael Bacharach in the 1990s, but following his untimely death in 2002, it had faded away [see here for archive of Michael’s papers]. The Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS), created by Nuffield College in February 2008, resumes the experimental initiative in Oxford. Its principal goal is to promote and facilitate experimental research by social scientists at the University of Oxford [read more]. Nuffield College has a strong commitment to promoting cross-disciplinary scholarship in the social sciences and it sees this experimental initiative as making a major contribution to this mandate. In order to accomplish this goal the CESS has three major components: experimental lab facilities; a fellowship and post-doc programme; and regular seminars and workshops.
The Centre's Experimental Lab facilities are located at Nuffield College. The laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility with 25 fully partitioned work-stations and a separate experimenter's office. It is designed to support a wide range of experiments including those in which subjects are entirely separated from other participants; experiments in which subjects interact with each others; and experimental games in which subjects communicate anonymously but in real time.
The laboratory is open for use by both university staff members and other interested parties. The CESS maintains a subject pool consisting of students from the universities in the Oxford area. In addition, the Centre actively recruits non-student subjects to its pool. It will also be available to the undergraduate and graduate student body at University of Oxford. The Economics Department of the University of Oxford is a CESS associated department. The facility houses the Centre's post-docs and research fellows. The CESS Lab is administered by Hector Solaz who is the Assistant to the Director of the CESS.
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