Department of Economics

Dr Paolo Zeppini

Lecturer in Economics with expertise in dynamic collective behaviour

Paolo Zeppini


3 East, 2.15
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 4511

PhD supervision

Interested in supervising students studying:

  • Environmental economics
  • Bounded rationality
  • Social interactions
  • Economic/ financial networks
  • Economics and Psychology
  • Technological change
  • Evolutionary games
  • Complex systems
  • Social tipping points
  • Asset pricing
  • Real options

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Paolo Zeppini works at the interface of economic theory, environmental economics and innovation studies. He is mainly interested in the impact of technological change on environmental problems, the interplay between human behaviour and ecological systems, and the economics and policy analysis of sustainable transitions.

He develops simple tractable models of human behaviour with heterogeneous agents, social interactions and multiple equilibria, using a multidisciplinary approach that builds on game theory, network theory, statistical mechanics and evolutionary thinking.

The main themes in this context are the emergence of cooperation in economic - ecological systems, the sudden transitions that characterize collective behaviour, and ultimately the question whether the endogenous emergence of cooperation is a viable alternative to binding political agreements in the quest for a solution to our pressing global environmental problems.

Research interests

  • Environmental Economics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Evolutionary Game Theory
  • System Dynamics
  • Innovation studies

Current projects

  • GLAMURS (Green Lifestyles, Alternative Models and Upscaling Regional Sustainability)


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