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I am Senior Lecturer in the Economics and Finance Department. My research interests relate to behavioural and experimental economics. My own PhD thesis investigated the emergence of salience in coordination games, including an application to conformity and differentiation in fashion. 

I have established within my faculty a 'Women in Economics Network' as an event and mentoring platform for young female economists. I am also Academic Champion within the  'Discover Economics' network at the Royal Economic Society.  Through this network, I have set up a series of webinars promoting economics to A-level students across the UK.  


I hold a PhD in Economics from the University of East Anglia, a MSc in Economics from the University of Siena (Italy), and a BSc in Economics from the University of Bologna (Italy). Prior to joining the University of Portsmouth, I was Research Associate at the Max Planck Institute of Economics in Germany. Before that, I had been Research Associate at the Centre for Reasoning, University of Kent. In autumn 2019 I was granted research leave, during which I visited the University of Southampton. 

Research Interests

I am interested in research in behavioural economics and policy. My research is mainly focused on public goods provision, trust, and fairness in institutions. Recent projects include:

  •            gender representation in institutions
  •            procedurally fair corporate governance
  •            inequality and climate change agreements
  •            mechanisms for the provision of noxious facilities
  •            trust and social network formation

Teaching Responsibilities

I coordinate and teach Public Sector Economics, a final year undergraduate unit. I also teach behavioural economics on the second-year unit Behavioural Economics and Game Theory.

I act as personal tutor to undergraduate students. I supervise final year, undergraduate projects, Master's dissertations and PhD research.

I am happy to receive applications relating to PhD research in behavioural economics.

Media Availability

I am happy to take calls and emails from the media on my research, and I am aware of the need to respond to journalists in a timely manner. Please contact me at federica.alberti@port.ac.uk or on +44 23 9284 4270.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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