Amalia Álvarez Benjumea

Research Fellow
Contact Information
+49 228 91416-856

Research Focus: 

My work focuses on social norms, particularly conditions under which norms change. I am interested on different topics such as the effect of social information on normative behaviour, perception of norms, or opinion dynamics under normative and social influence.  I currently focus on norms that regulate online hate speech and the expression of prejudice or other (extreme) opinions. In this line of research I investigate how hate speech is inhibited by perceived social norms in online environments.

My recent research involves experimental methods, especially online experiments.  I like to be open to different methodologies and take advantage of new research opportunities, such as online technologies.

Academic Career: 
  • Since 2016: PhD Candidate in Sociology, Department of Sociology and Social Psychology, University of Cologne
  • Since August 2015: Researcher in the Max Planck Research Group “Mechanism of Normative Change”, Max Planck Institute for the Research on Collective Goods
  • 2015: MSc In Applied Social Research, University of Stockholm (with honours) – Thesis: Friendship choices and ethnic homophily.
  • 2011: MSc in Social Cognition: research and applications, University College London (with honours)
  • 2010: BSc in Sociology, Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Working papers

Alvarez, A., Winter, F.  Normative change and culture of hate: a randomized experiment in online communities

Work in progress

Alvarez, A., Winter, F. Spillover Effects of Hate Speech: A Natural Experiment

Alvarez, A., Freund, L., Luckner, K., Winter, F. Information provision channel and normative change