Which institutional arrangements bring about and sustain cooperative relationships that create added value for individuals, organizations and societies?


How to explain the emergence and maintenance of exaggerated or ill-founded reputations? How does gossip affect individuals and communities?


What is the contribution of a relational approach to the establishment and maintenance of cooperation among multiple actors and stakeholders?

Francesca Giardini


Dr. Francesca Giardini is an Assistant Professor in Sociology at the University of Groningen (NL). After obtaining her PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of Siena (IT), she was a postdoc at the National Research Council of Italy (ISTC CNR) in Rome and at the Central European University in Budapest.
She uses theoretical analysis, agent-based simulation and lab experiments in order to investigate the mechanisms of social sustainability and to identify the contributions of reputation and gossip to cooperation in different settings. She is the editor of the Oxford Handbook of Gossip and Reputation (in press) and she has published in different disciplinary and inter-disciplinary journals, including Scientific Reports, European Psychologists, Judgement and Decision Making and Cognitive Processing.

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