The Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) was established in 2007 by the Faculty of Social Science at University of East Anglia.  The Centre's mission is to further the long tradition at UEA of using controlled laboratory and field experiments to study key questions in the social sciences, from foundational and methodological issues to applied research.

Together with our colleagues at the University of Nottingham and University of Warwick, we are founding members of the ESRC Network for Integrated Behavioural Science.

Researchers in CBESS are currently pursuing three main themes of research. The Preferences and Cognition cluster ask fundamental questions about how humans form judgments about uncertainty and values.  The Competition and Strategic Reasoning cluster investigate how individuals anticipate and react to actions of others, and solve tensions between competitive and cooperative incentives.  The Behaviour and Institutions cluster study how culture, society, and identity come together to influence how groups interact.

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Contests: Theory and Evidence 2019

Contests: Theory and Evidence 27 - 28 June 2019   The School of Economics at the University of East Anglia, UK, is pleased to announce its fifth annual...

CBESS internal PSY/ECON workshop on Friday: programme

CBESS Internal Economics-Psychology Workshop Friday 12 October, 1- 4 pm Meeting Room 1 (room 0.04) in the Estates Building (the building with the two large white chimneys. The room is in the...

New Publication by CBESS Member

CBESS member Sheheryar Banuri has a new publication in Social Science and Medicine: “The use of video vignettes to measure health worker knowledge. Evidence from Burkina Faso."

New Publication - The Community of Advantage - Robert Sugden

This week sees the release of Professor Bob Sugden’s long anticipated book The Community of Advantage; A Behavioural Economist’s Defence of the Market. Bob is a Professor in the School of...

New Publication

CBESS member Amrish Patel has a new publication in Games and Economic Behaviour: “Agreements with reciprocity: Co-financing and MOUs Read More Here

Contact Contact

For enquiries regarding the Centre, please contact the Director:

Dr Anders Poulsen
Director, Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science
School of Economics
University of East Anglia
Norwich Research Park
Norwich NR4 7TJ
United Kingdom

Email: A.Poulsen@uea.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0) 1603 591066


Finding us

If you are visiting the Centre from off the UEA campus, please click here for travel details.