About the Centre

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.  

In 2012, along with our colleagues at the University of Nottingham and University of Warwick, we received a grant from the Economic and Social Research Council to form the ESRC Network for Integrated Behavioural Science, a cross-disciplinary group of researchers who develop and test models of human behaviour and behaviour change, and draw out their implications for the formulation of public policy.

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.

A distinctive feature of the Centre is its explicit focus on bringing together researchers across different Schools at UEA.  Members of CBESS hold their appointments, or are students, in the School of Economics, the School of Environmental Sciences, the School of International Development, Norwich Business School, Norwich Medical School, or the School of Psychology.  The Centre provides the forum for cross-disciplinary fertilisation of ideas.  The list of recent publications of CBESS members illustrates not only the diversity of research interests of its members, but the creation and support of collaboration across the Schools.

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