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.
Publications in Peer-Reviewed Journals
Álvarez-Benjumea, A., & Winter, F. (2018). Normative Change and Culture of Hate: An Experiment in Online Environments. European Sociological Review, 34(3), 223-237.
Work in Progress
Alvarez-Benjumea, A., Winter, F. When Do Terrorist Attacks Increase Hate Speech? New Evidence from a Natural Experiment (under review)
Alvarez-Benjumea, A., Freund, L., Luckner, K., Winter, F. Public Signals as Coordination Devices: The Moderating Effect of Group Identity (in preparation)
Alvarez-Benjumea, A. Uncovering hidden opinions: the effect of social acceptability on selective disclosure
Alvarez-Benjumea, A. Gender differences in reaction to an anti-egalitarian descriptive norm: when normative information backfires.