Research & Current Projects

- Very glad to host the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft – Villa Vigoni conference "Behavioural sciences and the politics of simplification" with Holger Straßheim and Kathrin Loer at the German-Italian Centre for European Excellence at the Villa Vigoni with a great range on participants representing both policy-makers and scholars of behavioral policy. See the full program here.

• Dr. Robert Lepenies, Freie Universität Berlin
• Dr. Kathrin Loer, Fernuniversität in Hagen
• Dr. Holger Straßheim, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin & Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung
• Prof. Dr. Paolo Moderato, Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM, Milano
• Dr. Francesco Pozzi, Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM, Milano
• Prof. Dr. Alberto Alemanno, Jean Monnet Professor of EU Law & Risk Regulation
• Prof. Dr. Frank Beckenbach, Universität Kassel
• Juliane Böhme, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)
• Prof. Dr. Christian Berndt, Universität Zürich
• Prof. Dr. Massimo Cesareo, Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM, Milano
• Emanuele Ciriolo, European Commission
• Dr. Maria Daskalakis, Universität Kassel
• Fabrizio Esposito, European University Institut (EUI), Firenze
• Dr. Benedikt Herrmann
• Florian Irgmaier, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)
• Rebecca-Lea Korinek, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin für Sozialforschung (WZB)
• Dr. Magdalena Malecka, University of Helsinki
• Christine Polzin, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Umweltforschung, Leipzig
• Prof. Dr. Giovambattista Presti, Università Kore, Enna
• Dr. Jessica Pykett, University of Birmingham
• Prof. Dr. Vincenzo Russo, Libera Università di Lingue e Comunicazione IULM, Milano
• Prof. Dr. Ingunn Sandaker, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences
• Dr. Christian Schubert, Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena
• Prof. Dr. Anne-Lise Sibony, Université catholique de Louvain
• Zhi Soon, Behavioural Insights Team, UK
• Prof. Dr. Indra Spiecker gen. Döhmann, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main
• Francoise Waintrop, Mission au Sécrétariat Général pour la Modernisation de l'Action Publique

- I will discuss the new book on "Choice Architecture in Democracies" (Nomos, 2017) and the legitimacy of nudging on Feb 14, 2017 as a panellist together with the editors Alexandra Kemmerer (Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, Heidelberg), Christoph Möllers (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin), Maximilian Steinbeis (Verfassungsblog), Gerhard Wagner (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin). Title of the panel is: "Darf der Staat seine Bürger anstupsen? Entscheidungsarchitekturen und Nudges as Herausforderung für die Demokratie"

- Check out my new course on International Economic Thought that I am teaching at the Hertie School of Governance for public policy students. The aim is to introduce students to major ideas, concepts and theories in economic thought, explicitly embracing pluralist, historical, philosophical and critical perspectives. Comments on the syllabus are very welcome. I have opened up a comment session at Academia. Or you can download the syllabus here.

- I wrote a piece at the Boston Review in response to Dean Baker's new book "Rigged". See responses by a phenomenal group of scholars here, including Daron Acemoglu, Susan Houseman, Harley Shaiken, Peter Evans, Michael J. Piore, Alan Tonelson.

- I am grateful to be Visiting Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Studies Justitia Amplificata at FU Berlin and also to be Guest Fellow at the KFG The Transformative Power of Europe at FU Berlin, where I will be hosted. Come visit!

- Vortrag im Rahmen des Berufungsverfahrens für die Junior-Professur "Plurale Ökonomik" an der Universität Siegen im Dezember.

- I have been nominated by the Global Young Academy (GYA) to participate in the 6th Lindau Nobel Meeting on Economic Sciences (2017 Economics). Final selection to be decided in March.

- Guest lecture in the Psychology and Policy Analysis seminar (Ruth Ditlmann) at Hertie School of Governance on the Ethics of Nudging on November 17, 2016

- Delighted to participate in the WZB-Mercator Forum Wissenschaft und Politik" on the 5th and 6th of December in Berlin and moderate a panel on expertise and policy there.

- Will participate in the Plurale Ökonomik workshop (Hannover Sammelband) in Hannover on December 3, 2016 where I will present on the experiments in economics (joint work with Felix Kersting and Theresa Neef).

- Call for Papers for "Dimensions of Poverty" Conference for June 2017 now out. See here. Follow us on twitter: #berlinpoverty17. Great line-up already with Sabina Alkire (OPHI, Oxford), Sakiko Fukuda-Parr (New School, N.Y.C.), Varun Gauri (World Bank, Washington DC), Stephan Klasen (University of Göttingen), Onora O’Neill (University of Cambridge), Sanjay Reddy (New School, N.Y.C.), Mitu Sengupta (Ryerson, Toronto), Leif Wenar (King’s College, London), and Jo Wolff (UCL, London).

- Presented on the implicit politics of behavioral and experimental governance at the Institute for New Economic Thinking - Young Scholars Iniative conference on October 19-22 in Budapest in the Philosophy of Economics workshop.

- Freue mich sehr über unseren erfolgreichen Antrag für Konferenz in der Villa Vigoni (DFG-Ausschreibung Deutsch-Italienische Zusammenarbeit in den Geistes- und Sozialwissenschaften). Mehr Informationen folgen!

- New Open Access issue on libertarian paternalism and choice architectures (in German) at Zeitschrift für Praktische Philosophie. Joint article with Magdalena Malecka: Nudges, Recht und Politik: Institutionelle Implikationen.

- Invited to present at the exciting workshop on Behavioural Science in Law & Policy: Evidence, Ethics, & Expertise in Newcastle on September 23, 2016. Paper given will be joint paper with Magdalena Malecka: "Nudges, Law & Politics - beyond the individualist perspective". Organized by Prof Muireann Quigley and Prof Liam Delaney.

- Ruth Blackshaw presents joint paper (with Henrieke Max) on Globalizing Partnerships for Sustainable Development at the Development Studies Association Annual Conference in Oxford in Panel on Partnerships and Power in the 2030 Agenda on September 14, 2016

- Invited to the WZB-Mercator Forum Wissenschaft und Politik on December 5 & 6 on Expertise and Policy, organized by Dr. Dagmar Simon (WZB), Dr. Felix Streiter (Stiftung Mercator), Dr. Martina Franzen (WZB) & Dr. Holger Straßheim (HU Berlin) in Berlin.

- Attending Expert Workshop: Bridging the Gap: Approaches and Policies for Reducing Inequalities at GIZ Berlin on September 5, 2016

- Currently co-organizing a large international conference on poverty (research) in Berlin in June 2017. More information to follow soon...

- Presenting a paper on Institutional Perspectives on Nudges at the Center for Global Constitutionalism at WZB Berlin on July 18, 2016.

- Looking forward to teaching the last session at the seminar for practical philosophy on July 23, 2016.

- Commenting on MA thesis project on Nudges and Environmental Policy at the Environmental Policy Research Center of FU Berlin on July 13, 2016.

- Discussed the ethics of nudging and the use of behavioral instruments in policy with Gerd Gigerenzer, State Secretary Gerd Billen and Martin Greive at the 16. Humboldt-Wirtschaftsforum in Berlin on the topic "Facetten der Macht - Welche Kräfte treiben unsere Gesellschaft?" on June 1, 2016.

- Grateful for the extraordinary opportunity and honor to serve as a new member of the Global Young Academy. I participated in the 6th International Conference of Young Scientists: Bridging World Through Science on May 25-29 in Eindhoven where I presented on Globalizing Poverty Research. Press release by the FU Berlin on this: here.

- Looking forward to being a keynote speaker at the PPE conference on Justifyingy Power and Decisions: Rethinking Legitimacy from a PPE perspective in the 21st century. The keynote will be entitled: "Assessing the legitimacy of behavioral governance: A task for PPE(ists)" (with Lisa Herzog, Karen Horn, Fabienne Peter, Jörg Tremmel). Press release here.

- Excited to present new work on behavioral governance together with M. Malecka in Pisa at the ECPR Workshop sessions from 24.04-29.04 in the section on Behavioural Chance and Public Policy (organized by Holger Strassheim & Silke Beck).

- Forum Wirtschaftsphilosophie, Dortmund 22.04-24.04.2016.

- I will be teaching an introductory seminar at Freie Universität this semester: "Einführung in die Praktische Philosophie". Happy to see many students there.

- Happy to be on the scientific advisory board of the "Sammelband Plurale Ökonomik".

- My talk about Nudging at the Einstein Forum was recorded and is now a podcast at DRadio Wissen at Hörsaal: "Der Apfel auf Augenhöhe". Listen here or download the podcast directly here.

- Live Interview on March 2 at DeutschlandRadio Kultur with Liane von Billerbeck: 'Arbeitsgruppe "Wirksam Regieren" - Den Deutschen einen Stups geben". Transcript of the interview and recording available here.

- I am extremely honored to be elected to the Global Young Academy for the next five years (from 05/2016). Looking forward to representing Germany and global young scholars at this important organization.

- Looking forward to giving a radio interview at Deutschlandradio Kultur on March 2, 2016 at 6.45 about the ethical limits to nudging.

- Looking forward to giving an evening lecture at the Einstein Forum Potsdam on the 26.02.2016 on the topic: "Should We Nudge the Poor? Some Proposals on the Limits of Behaviourally Informed Policy-Making". Honored to be introduced by Claus Offe and Susan Neiman.

- Published a small opinion piece on the Blog of the French Development Agency: "Why we need independent critique to achieve the SDGs: the role of academics" with Henrieke Max & Ruth Blackshaw. See here for French translation.

- Presented "Nudging and the Science/Policy Nexus" and joint work with Magdalena Malecka at Jekaterina Markow's seminar "Der Positivismusstreit in der deutschen Soziologie" at Freie Universität Berlin, 30.01.2016

- Gave prize acceptance speech at the 30th anniversary of the German Fulbright Alumni Association representing ASAP-Global Colleagues on 23.01.2016.

- Excited and grateful to receive the 2016 Fulbright Association Mulert Award for Global Colleagues. See the press release here. Thanks to my team!

- New working paper online: "Wissenschaft als politischer Beruf: Die Sustainable Development Goals als realistische Utopie" with Henning Hahn.

- Invited to give one of the keynote speeches at the International PPE Conference - Justifying Power and Decisions in the 21th Century: Rethinking Legitimacy from a PPE perspective in Witten from 6-8.05.2016.

- I am absolutely delighted to receive the national inaugural "WIWA Young Scholar Award for Pluralism in Economics" as one of the first two recipients. Will speak about the "Ethics of Behavioral Policy & Normativity in Economics" on December 7. Very grateful!

- Will present a paper at the Teaching Economics in the 21st Century on November 27, a big conference on pluralism in economics. Will be talking about Ethics in Textbooks and Ethics of Textbooks in Economics, making the case for mainstream economics textbooks contributing to epistemic injustice.

- I feel very happy and honored to have been awarded the 2015 A.SK Social Sciences Post-Doctoral Award Fellowship at the Social Science Center Berlin (WZB) on October, 10. It was a particular pleasure to share the stage with main A.SK prize winner Prof. Esther Duflo from J-PAL/MIT. Click here for pictures and a description of the ceremony. I will join the WZB as a Fellow from March 2016. Read the official announcement here.

- Presented a new paper: "Nudges, Recht und Politik: Institutionelle Implikationen" (mit Magdalena Malecka) at the Stefan Gosepath's "Kolloquium für praktische Philosophie", Freie Universität Berlin

- I am grateful for receiving a DAAD & German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) reintegration fellowship at the Freie Universität Berlin from September 2015 at Stefan Gosepath’s Chair for Practical Philosophy. Very excited to join the Institute of Philosophy!

- Presented two papers at MANCEPT 2015 in Manchester, 1-3. September. One in the workshop on Nudges in the Public Sphere with M Malecka. Another one in the workshop on Market Socialism on Rawls, Neoclassical Economics and Market Socialism.

- Some more press features on the Global Colleagues Program by the Daily Nous.

- New Working paper out, with Magdalena Malecka: Behavioural Sciences in Law and Policy: A Case of Scientific Imperialism? This is an early draft, update coming soon

- I wrote a post on the Global Colleagues program on the EUI Max Weber Programme Blog.

More press on our Global Colleagues program, by The Borgen Project.

- Our conference on the Future of Basic Income Research was a great success. See pictures here (including Philippe van Parijs, Yannick Vanderborght, Claus Offe, Karl Widerquist, Louise Haagh, Anca Gheaus and many others). See full list of abstracts and the programme here. Thank you very much for funding from the Max Weber Programme, the Institute for New Economic Thinking, and the Robert Schuman Center for Advanced Studies.

- New article on the Global Colleagues program by Inside Higher Ed.

- See the new pages of my outstanding team for Global Colleagues. We are currently looking for interns for the project. We are currently looking for interns.

- New working paper with Magdalena Malecka presented at the 9th Social Issues for Social Sciences Max Weber June Conference 2015. See here for the programme and our talk.

- Participated in Board Meeting of A Colorni-Hirschman Institute in Montepulciano

- Conference website now online for the Basic Income Conference that Juliana Bidadanure and I are organizing at the EUI on June 26-27.

- The first Cohort of Global Colleagues has just been accepted: 34 earlier-career poverty scholars from all over the world. News article about this by Luis Cabrera on the project I manage: here.

- Our new working paper "Behavioural sciences in law and policy as a case of scientific imperialism" is being presented by Magdalena Malecka at the TINT Workshop on Scientific Imperialism at the University of Helsinki on April 16, 2015 (with keynotes from Stephen Downes, Uskali Mäki, Steven Medema).

- New article just published in the Review of Philosophy and Psychology (Special issue on Nudges) together with Magdalena Malecka in March 2015. Our article "The Institutional Consequences of Nudging – Nudges, Politics, and the Law" is being responded to by Cass Sunstein in the same issue. See also contributions from 
Michiru Nagatsu, Gidon Felsen & Peter B. Reiner, Douglas Glen Whitman & Mario J. Rizzo and Francesco Guala & Luigi Mittone in the issue.

- We gratefully announce that we won a generous YSI Event Grant from the Institute for New Economic Thinking for our conference on the Future of Basic Income Research on June 26 & 27, 2015 (with Juliana Bidadanure).

- Join my Online lecture at the Institute for New Economic Thinking Young Scholars Initiative Working Group on "Philosophy of Economics" on March 24th, 2015. See the full programme here (upcoming seminars include Wade Hands, Philip Mirowski, Thomas Vass, Christoph Schultze, Imre Bartfai, Ed Mogilnicki).

- Acceptance emails for the Basic Income Conference are out now! We invite everyone to register here for attendance.

- New working paper on Direct Cash 
out with Lorenz Lauer at SSRN in February 2015: "The poor have no money – so just give it to them! In favour of inclusive aid and unconditional cash transfers". Comments very welcome.

Talk on "Experts, Academia and Development" on December 5, 2014 at the Poverty Research Workshop, EUI, December 2014. Programme here.

Teaching PhD Seminar session on the Moral Limits of Markets at the EUI LAW Department in the course "Markets" by Dennis Patterson and Giorgio Monti in January.

- Call for
 Abstracts launched for the Conference on "The Future of Basic Income Research" that I organize together with Juliana Bidadanure on June 26-27 at the EUI in Florence. Speakers: Anca Gheaus, Louise Haagh, Philippe Van Parijs, Yannick Vanderborght, Karl Widerquist. Philippe Van Parijs and Yannick Vanderborght will also present their new book on Basic Income in a workshop. See the call for abstracts here for more information.

- Paper presentation on Nudges, Politics and the Law with Magdalena Malecka in the Legal, Social, Political Theory & the History of Thought Thematic Research Group at the EUI in November.

The Global Colleagues Project that I am coordinating for Academics Stand Against Poverty is will launch in 2015. We accept nominations and self-nominations for senior poverty scholars. Thus far, we have thirty very prominent poverty scholars who will partner with early career scholars from around the globe starting in January/February. Please email to for more information.

- New Working Paper: 
Economists as Political Philosophers: A Critique of Normative Trade Theory. Download here

Presentation of working paper: Efficiency, Economics, and Technocratic Optimism in Rawls's Theory of Justice, as part of the Summer-School in Political Philosophy & Public Policy: Predistribution and Property-Owning Democracy by Stuart White (Oxford)  and Martin O’Neill (York) at the University of Minho, Braga (Portugal), July 17, 2014. Programme

- Gobal Colleagues Program 
will be the first global flagship program by ASAP as described in the global strategic plan for 2014-17

- Conference organised: 
"Empathy and Competition: A 21st Century View on Adam Smith" 
Our Max Weber conference on Adam Smith is taking place this week! 
Look here for the programme: Villa La Fonte, EUI, May 7, 2014, with Richard Bellamy, Vivienne Brown, Christel Fricke, Fonna Forman, Lisa Herzog, Lauri Tähtinen, Paul David, Tom Cooley, Daniel Markovits

Newspaper article about our work at ASAP Germany 
with a quote of mine in the FAZ

Workshop on International Economic Law in the 21st Century
Constitutional Pluralism and Multilevel Governance of Interdependent Public Goods by Professor Ernst-Ulrich Petersmann on May 6, 2014. "The sophisticated trade diplomat: A Rawlsian response to cosmopolitan rights in the WTO" in response to 'Competing "Principles of Justice" in Multilevel Commercial, Trade and Investment Adjudication: Need for More "Judicial Dialogues" and Legal "Cross-Fertilization"' THE GLOBAL COMMUNITY Yearbook of International Law & Jurisprudence 2013 (I): 163-202 

Talk at the London School of Economics on March 14.
Talk on "Economists as Political Philosophers" at the Laboratory for Advanced Research on the Global Economy at LSE’s Centre for the Study of Human Rights. With comments from Andrew Lang (LSE), Leif Wenar (King's College London) and Margot Salomon (LSE).

- Teaching exchange at the London School of Economics, March 10-14