Prof. Siddharth Mallavarapu

Alumni Senior Fellow

Research Project at the Centre

Cognitive Studies and Institutional Designs for Cooperation

The project's main objective is to bring recent developments in the field of cognitive neurosciences into dialogue with potential institutional designs for furthering human cooperation. Of particular interest is to examine what institutional arrangements are likely to be more conducive to cooperation. The project seeks to address the following interconnected questions: How can we anchor insights from cognition studies in terms of the actual design of institutions? What outcomes are likely to be generated by particular modifications in existing institutional designs? How can institutional design drawing on insights from cognitive neurosciences help tweak outcomes both significantly and marginally in favour of facilitating human cooperation? Cognitive studies provide an exciting vantage point to re-examine some of our core assumptions as they relate to various facets of international political life.


June – August 2013 and May – July 2014