Researcher

Áron Székely

Telephone: +46 8 402 12 00

Áron Székely

DPhil, Sociology

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Futures Studies in the research project: How do human norms form and change?. Before this, from 2014 to 2018, I was a Research Fellow at the Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies in Rome, Italy.

My training is in sociology and biology. I received my DPhil and MSc in Sociology from the University of Oxford in 2015 and 2010, respectively, and before that a BSc in Biology from the University of Bristol in 2008.

My expertise is in experimental methods in the behavioural sciences, particularly laboratory experiments. In terms of research topics, I typically use game theory and examine mechanisms that support cooperation and solve conflict including signalling theory, reputation, and social norms.

Currently open projects include experiments and models that test the effects of costly signalling and reputation on fighting, the emergence of social norms, and the emergence and maintenance of group reputations.

Three recently published works:

  • 2017. Nardin, L. G., Székely, Á., & Andrighetto, G. GLODERS-S: a simulator for agent-based models of criminal organisations. Trends in Organized Crime, 20(1–2), 85–99.

  • 2016. Andrighetto, G., Brandts, J., Conte, R., Sabater-Mir, J., Solaz, H., Székely, Á., & Villatoro, D. Counter-punishment, communication, and cooperation among partners. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 10.

  • 2014. Gambetta, D., & Székely, Á. Signs and (counter)signals of trustworthiness. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 106, 281–297.

Three frequently cited works:

  • 2016. Nardin, L. G., Andrighetto, G., Conte, R., Székely, Á., Anzola, D., Elsenbroich, C., … Troitzsch, K. G. Simulating protection rackets: a case study of the Sicilian Mafia. Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, 1–31.

  • 2014. Gambetta, D., & Székely, Á. Signs and (counter)signals of trustworthiness. Journal of Economic Behavior & Organization, 106, 281–297.

  • 2009. Cuthill, I. C., & Szekely, A. Coincident disruptive coloration. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 364(1516), 489–496.