A collaboration between Nuffield College, University of Oxford, and FLAME University in Pune, India, was made official on 20 October 2016 when members of the two institutions met for the signing ceremony. The agreement made official the launch of CESS Nuffield-FLAME University on the FLAME campus in Pune. The new Centre will be the first of its kind in India, enhancing the country’s vibrant social sciences scholarly community and enabling researchers from all over the world to carry out laboratory, field and online experiments with an Indian subject pool.
The official signing ceremony took place at Nuffield College in Oxford and the memorandum was signed by Sir Andrew Dilnot (Warden of Nuffield College), Professor Raymond Duch (Director of CESS Oxford), Professor Devi Singh (Vice-Chancellor of FLAME University), Tejas Patani (Board of Management Member of FLAME University) and Krutarth Shah (Governing Body Member of FLAME University), Professor Sharon Barnhardt, and Professor Pavan Mamidi. Professor Barnhardt will be the Director of CESS Nuffield-FLAME University and Professor Mamidi the Centre’s Director of International Research Collaborations.
Researchers from the new Centre in Pune will have the opportunity to attend training sessions led by Nuffield CESS staff, both in Oxford and at FLAME University. This will contribute to the training of young experimental social scientist in India and the development of the country’s rapidly growing social sciences network.
CESS Nuffield-FLAME University is the third Centre for Experimental Social Sciences to be opened around the world, with facilities already existing in Oxford, Great Britain, and Santiago, Chile. The Pune Centre has extended CESS’s global network, opening up another continent to experimentalists and enabling international researchers to draw on subject pools from Europe, Latin America and Asia.