Contests: Theory and Evidence Conference announced

UEA’s Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science is pleased to announce its conference on 'Contests: Theory and Evidence' which will be held Saturday 25th – Sunday 26th July 2015.

The conference will be held at the University of East Anglia in Norwich. Everyone is welcome to attend the conference! There is no registration fee, but the attendees cover their travel/accommodation/subsistence.

Full details of the event can be found on the Contests:Theory and Evidence Conference page.

The February 2015 edition of the Network for Integrated Behavioural Science's newsletter is now available at

Applications are now open for 3rd PhD Workshop Experimental Development Economics: Lab in the Field, on 25 April in London, organised by CBESS @ UEA and The Choice Lab @ NHH


The workshop is for current and prospective PhD students who are using or planning to use lab-in-the field experiments in developing countries. This year’s workshop focuses on risk.   Presentations by expert academics discuss the why and how of lab-in-the field experiments for understanding people’s risky choice behaviour. There will also be an opportunity for selected students to present and receive feedback on their work, focusing on risk or other topics. There is no registration fee for the workshop.

You can register for the workshop by sending an e-mail to mentioning “Registration for lab-in-the field workshop” and containing your name, university, year of study and research topic.  Please indicate whether you would like to present your work. In that case you also need to include an extended abstract of your research containing a description of the research question and lab-in-field experiment you (intend to) use.  Early registration is strongly recommended.


The workshop is a joint initiative of the Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Sciences (CBESS) at the University of East Anglia (UEA) and The Choice Lab at the Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), two leading centers in this area.



The workshop will take place at The Market Room, Bishopsgate Court, 4-12 Norton Folgate, London, E1 6DQ, Tel 020 7763 6800

NIBS 2015 call for papers

The ESRC Network for Integrated Behavioural Science (NIBS) 2015 Workshop has now issued a Call for Papers.  Further information about the venue and submission process can be found in the NIBS 2015 Workshop section of the Network's website.  The closing date for submissions is 16 January 2015. All enquiries and submissions should be directed to

CBESS members conduct experiment on BBC Radio 4

7 August 2013

Dr Melanie Parravano, Dr Abhijit Ramalingam, and Prof Theodore Turocy contributed to an episode of the recent series, "The Bishop and the Bankers," for BBC Radio 4. They conducted what we believe are the first game theory/economics experiments for radio, using a trust game. Listen to Episode 3 to find out how it went!

Emission trading schemes limit green consumerism

30th January 2013

New research by Dr Grischa Perino from the School of Economics suggests that many of the recommendations made by government agencies and environmental NGOs about how to reduce an individual's carbon footprint are inappropriate in the European Union, because of its Emission Trading System (EU ETS) which caps emissions from certain industries and allows regulated sources to trade emission allowances. Advice commonly offered, for example by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, includes reducing the number of flights taken, replacing energy-hungry appliances and light bulbs with energy efficient ones and eating less red meat. But Dr Perino says that once the cap is in place installing energy efficient light bulbs, flying less and many other recommended actions have no impact on total emissions, as they are simply relocated to other sources via the EU ETS trading mechanism. Only eating less meat actually reduces total emissions as, in contrast to electricity production and aviation, emissions from agriculture are not covered by the EU ETS. "Consumers who want to reduce the impact of their consumption and lifestyle should focus on reducing emissions not regulated by the EU ETS. Driving your car less, eating less red meat and improving the insulation of your home substantially reduces your carbon footprint."

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Dr Turocy is awarded a research grant

23th March 2012

CBESS Director Dr. Theodore Turocy has been awarded a research grant by the British Academy for his project "Bidding in laboratory auctions: a direct comparison of private, common, and general affiliated values settings".

The Centre warmly congratulates Dr. Turocy on this achievement.