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I am Senior Lecturer in the School of Accounting, Economics and Finance, where I teach Behavioural Economics and Public Economics. In addition, I am research active in the fields of behavioural economics and experimental economics where I published research in high-quality international journals. In my role of Senior Lecturer, I am member of the Faculty’s Athena Swan Self-Assessment Team and also member of the Faculty’s Ethics Committee.

With my colleague Robert Gausden I have established within my Faculty a 'Women in Economics Network' as a mentoring platform for young female economists. I am also Academic Champion within the 'Discover Economics' campaign 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

My research interests are in the areas of behavioral economics, public economics, experimental economics, and gender inequality.

I enjoy interdisciplinary research and I am actively collaborating with colleagues from Organisational Studies, Accountancy, and Law.  

I am involved with an EU Horizon project on gender inequality, titled: “Realising Girls’ and Women's Inclusion, Representation and Empowerment”, which is an interdisciplinary collaboration of academics from seven universities across Europe and South Africa. In this project, we aim to understand the causes of gendered power hierarchies and gender gaps across political, social, economic and cultural spheres, in order to prevent and reverse inequalities and promote girls’ and women’s inclusion.

In terms of behavioural economics and public economics research, the main focus of my work is on the provision of threshold public goods. In this research I use laboratory experiments to understand how cooperation in small groups can be achieved.

Teaching Responsibilities

I coordinate and teach Public Sector Economics, a final year undergraduate module. I also teach behavioural economics on the second-year module 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 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action


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