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Dr Federica Alberti

Senior Lecturer



I am Senior Lecturer in Economics and Finance. I have particular expertise in behavioural and experimental economics, with an emphasis on public goods games.

I have contributed to the following journal articles:

I was also Associate Editor–for a special issue on public goods–of Games, the scholarly, peer-reviewed, open access journal of strategic interaction, game theory and decision making.

I am keen to widen participation in the study of economics. I secured financial support from the Royal Economic Society–through its 'Discover Economics' initiative–for a conference promoting economics to girls in Portsmouth.  I have established within my faculty a 'Women in Economics' network as an events platform for young female economists.


I gained my first degree in economics at Bologna: the oldest university in the world. I earned my PhD at the University of East Anglia, where I valued the input of my supervisors.

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.

I am an active, independent researcher, and I have published my findings in influential, respected journals. My experience and research skills are a valuable asset to my student supervision at all levels.

I have good experience of teaching behavioural economics, microeconomics, and quantitative economics at undergraduate level.

In autumn 2019 I was granted research leave, during which I completed research and started new projects. I also developed links with colleagues in Economics at the University of Southampton.

Teaching Responsibilities

I coordinate and teach Public Sector Economics, an optional, final year, undergraduate module. I also teach behavioural economics on the optional, 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.

Research Interests

My research interests include public goods provision, trust, and fairness in institutions. I design experiments to test theories.

I have recently completed four projects that have produced five papers:

In terms of research impact, my work on public goods games may contribute to explaining why public projects that require a minimum total contribution (such as a bridge, a hospital facility, or even international cooperation to prevent catastrophic climate change) are not provided efficiently. It may also lead to the implementation of mechanisms for the provision of public projects (e.g. a waste facility) that, while beneficial to society, may cause harm to local communities.

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 or on +44 23 9284 4270.

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