Balaraju Battu

Postdoctoral Associate Affiliation: NYU Abu Dhabi
Education: PhD University of Allahabad

Research Areas: Collective action, human-machine interactions, trust.

Dr. Balaraju Battu is a former Max Weber Fellow (2019-2021) at the European University Institute (EUI), Florence, Italy. He is interested in the behavioral foundations of social behavior and machine behavior.

He conducts interdisciplinary research combining insights from political science, economics, experimental game theory, and evolutionary game theory. He received his Ph.D. in Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences from the Center of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences, University of Allahabad, India in 2019. He has held visiting scholar positions at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai (IMSc) and the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur (IITK).

Recently he publishes a paper, which addresses the evolution of altruistic punishments in a heterogeneous population. Battu, B. (2021). Evolution of altruistic punishments among heterogeneous conditional cooperators. Scientific Reports, 11(1), 1-12.

Currently, he is working on 'human cooperation without punishments,' the evolution of social norms, and trust in human-machine interactions.