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.
- 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.
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