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Dr Marco Campenni

Dr Marco Campenni

Postdoctoral Researcher

 Stella Turk Building F3.06


University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Penryn, TR10 9FE


Marco Campenni is a postdoctoral research fellow working at University of Exeter, Biosciences, as part of the ERC project EVORULES under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Currie.  He received his Ph.D. in Cognitive Sciences from the University Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy.  His work is centered on modelling the evolution of cooperation, using different modeling techniques and tools (agent-based modeling, social network analysis, evolutionary game theory, GIS data). His research activity is focused on both theoretical and data informed models of social behaviors and dynamics of human and non-human animals from an evolutionary and cross-disciplinary perspective.

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PhD Cognitive Sciences (Tor Vergata University of Rome)

MA Behavioural Sciences (Sapienza University of Rome)

Laurea Degree (eq. BA + MA) Philosophy of Science (Roma Tre University)


  • January 2006 - December 2008: PhD Student at Computational Chemistry Laboratory, Chemistry Department and Mathematics Department, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

  • June 2007 - November 2010: Research fellow in the EC funded project EMIL (EMergence In the Loop: simulating the two-way dynamics of norm innovation) at Institute of Cognitive Sciences and Technologies (ISTC), Italian National Research Council (CNR)

  • February 2011 - September 2011: Assistant Researcher at Behavioural Neuroscience Section of Cellular Biology and Neuroscience Department of Italian National Institute of Health (ISS), Primatology Group

  • September 2011 - September 2012: Canadian Postdoctoral Research Fellow (PDRF) at McGill University, Anthropology Department, Laboratory of Primatology

  • October 2012 - January 2014: Postdoctoral Researcher at Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

  • February 2014 - December 2014: Postdoctoral Researcher at Stockholm University, Stockholm Resilience Centre

  • January 2015 - July 2017: Postdoctoral Research Associate at Arizona State University, Department of Psychology

  • June 2017 - December 2017: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Southampton, Department of Electronics and Computer Science

  • January 2018 - March 2018: Visiting Researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse

  • March 2018 - now: Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, Department of Biosciences, Human Behaviour and Cultural Evolution Group

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