Scientific work

My scientific work concerns the evolution of collective behaviour. I use mathematical and computational models, as well as experiments and data science, to study the interaction between cognition, behaviour and social organisation, with a perspective rooted in cultural evolution and complex systems. My research interests span the domains of social cognition, behavioural economics, decision theory, computational ecology and language evolution. I have researched questions such as how social conventions emerge in the presence and absence of institutions, how structural incentives in academia lead to the selection of bad science, the effect of adverse behavioural responses on sustainability and climate change, the relationship between inequality and language shift or chaos theory applied to social systems. Modelling, in combination with empirical verification and validation, provides a method to explore possible ways of estimating the economic and social trade-offs involved in preserving cultural diversity, addressing inequalities and improving governance.


I am currently an Assistant Professor at the School of Collective Intelligence (M6 Polytechnic University) and a CNRS Research Associate at Complex Systems Institute of Paris Ile-de-France (ISC-PIF), where I also was postdoc researcher. Previously, I completed my PhD in Cognitive Science and Language at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. A significant part of my research was developed during researchs visits to the Centre for Language Evolution (University of Edinburgh) and the Laland Lab (University of St.Andrews). More here.