Centre

Essex Centre for Experimental Social Sciences (ExCESS)

Part of Department of Economics

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Championing experimental research in the social sciences

ExCESS is dedicated to supporting social science researchers at the University of Essex who use cutting edge experimental methods in their work. We are here to facilitate and support experimental research undertaken in the lab or in the field.


ExCESS provides world-class research facilities and technical support, essential for researchers designing experimental studies. Our work is closely affiliated with ESSEXLab, a pioneering laboratory at the University of Essex, dedicated to social science researchers and open to all members of the University community and beyond.

ExCESS grants funding for pilot research taking place in the laboratory or in the field. We also host design workshops for researchers to present their experimental designs and receive feedback before they commence data collection. Each summer we hold an experimental workshop involving leading researchers from around the world.

Highlights of our work

Our news

April 2021

  • Behavioural and Experimental Mini-Conference on April 9 2021. If you'd like more information or a zoom link please email the centre.

March 2021

February 2021 

  • Learn more about Friederike Mengel's ERC grant.

ExCess members in the media for their Covid Research. 

The associated research papers can be found below: 

Our research publications

Contact us
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Essex Centre of Experimental Social Science (ExCESS) University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
ESSEXLab University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 873034