The Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (CESS) was created by Nuffield College in February 2008. Its principal goal is to promote and facilitate experimental research by social scientists at the University of Oxford [read more]. Nuffield College has a strong commitment to promoting cross-disciplinary scholarship in the social sciences and it sees this experimental initiative as making a major contribution to this mandate. In order to accomplish this goal the CESS provides a number of services to the experimental community: experimental lab facilities; staff and facilities for designing and implementing online experiments; a fellowship and post-doc programme; and regular seminars and workshops.
The Centre’s Experimental Lab facilities are located at Nuffield College. The laboratory is a state-of-the-art facility with 25 fully partitioned work-stations and a separate experimenter’s office. It is designed to support a wide range of experiments including those in which subjects are entirely separated from other participants; experiments in which subjects interact with each others; and experimental games in which subjects communicate anonymously but in real time.
The laboratory is open for use by both university staff members and other interested parties. The CESS maintains a subject pool consisting of students from the universities in the Oxford area. In addition, the Centre actively recruits non-student subjects to its pool. It will also be available to the undergraduate and graduate student body at University of Oxford. The Social Sciences Division of the University of Oxford is a supporter of the CESS and all units of the Division are CESS associated departments. The facility houses the Centre’s post-docs and research fellows.