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Away day

A Conflict Away Day was held on Friday 12th June 2015.

You can see the schedule by downloading the full Away Day Programme.

Faculty staff

Christa Brunnschweiler is an applied economist with research interests in the areas of economic growth and development, particularly in resource economics and conflict studies. She has studied various aspects of the natural resource curse and is currently looking at causes of violent and non-violent conflict, as well as policies for conflict prevention. 

Francesco Fallucchi is an experimental economist with research interests in contest behaviour. His current works include the investigation of conflicts dynamics when individuals and groups are heterogeneous in various aspects. He has recently been awarded by the UNU-WIDER to study the consequences of discriminatory rules and the impact of affirmative actions in rent-seeking contests.

Enrique Fatás' experimental research focuses in the behavioural determinants of conflict, the interaction between diversity and social networks, the analysis of sanctions and rewards as norm enforcement mechanisms and the role of status in organisations. He has run experimental studies both in the laboratory and in the field in a large number of countries. His research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the European Union, the Economic and Social Research Council, national governments and private foundations.

David Hugh-Jones is interested in group identity, intergroup emotions, conflict and social norms. He has published his work in top journals in Economics (like Games and Economic Behavior) and Political Science (like the Journal of Conflict Resolution). David is the PI of an ESRC Research Grant on “The norm of honesty: empirical studies on school pupils and the UK population”.

Subhasish Modak Chowdhury's research focuses on the various applications of microeconomic theory with a special emphasis on contests – in which individuals or groups expend costly resources in order to win some reward. He uses both laboratory and natural experiments to better understand situations and nuances of contests, especially for cases in which field data is not available. Other than contests, he is also interested in analysing individual behaviour in coordination games, income and gender effects in altruist behaviours, and cartel deterrence mechanisms.

Anders Poulsen's general research interests lie within bargaining, distribution, conflict resolution, and coordination of economic activity. These areas are investigated using concepts and tools from game theory, experimental economics and behavioural economics.

Theodore Turocy's research focuses on modelling how people perceive and behave in strategic situations, including applications in auctions, the provision of public goods, contests, network formation, and sport. He is the lead developer of Gambit, a widely-used software package for the computational analysis in game theory.


Abhijit Ramalingam's research interests include employment contracts and behavioural and experimental economics. His theoretical work focuses on the impact of social preferences such as concerns for status and work ethic on contracts and outcomes in a firm. His recent experimental work investigates the influence of relative comparisons on the behaviour of individuals. Currently, he is working on experimentally investigating the impact of different network structures on contributions in public goods games. 

Research Students