DCF 1.0The 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.

📰 CESS Three Year Review 2008-2011

📰CESS Spring 2014 letter

Latest Anonuncements

The information on the participants for Conference on Field Experiments and Election Campaigns on 9 and 10 May is updated. Click here to see the list.

The registration for CESS/Munk Summer School on Experimental Social Sciences (May 19 – 30 in Toronto, Canada) remains open until May 5. Click here for more information.

The Essex/Nuffield CESS Experimental Summer School will be held in Oxford, in conjunction with the University of Essex. Two sessions will be held this year, with the first taking place from June 23 – July 4, and the second taking place July 7 – 18. Click here for more information.

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Experimental Lab
The Lab is situated next to Nuffield College and can be found at 3 George Street Mews.


The Nuffield Center for Experimental Social Sciences is affiliated with Social Sciences Division of the University of Oxford

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