I am interested in trying to understand why and when people cooperate with each other. I use naturalistic methods and field experiments to determine the individual and ecological contexts that promote cooperative behaviour. I’m working in Northern Ireland investigating how inter-group conflict between Catholics and Protestants affects within and between group cooperation. My other work includes running RCTs on how social norms affect university tuition fees payment rates and looking at the role of fairness and conformist norms on 3rd party punishment.
I also work at the Behavioural Insights Team on a broad range of topics, from reducing loneliness, improving money management and raising educational attainment.