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Scheller, Simon

Dr. Simon Scheller

External Member (Bamberg)

Further Information

I am a postdoctoral researcher at the MCMP since October 2017. I received my PhD in Political Science (with a focus on political philosophy and agent-based modeling) from Bamberg University in December 2017. My thesis was entitled “Democratic Decision Making – A Theoretical Analysis”. Before, I received degrees in Political Science (M.A.) and Economics (M.Sc.) from the University of Bamberg, and a B.A. in Philosophy & Economics from Bayreuth University.

Research and Expertise

In my research, I analyse collective decision making and its role in democratic societies. Reflecting my interdisciplinary background, this combines aspects from philosophy, political science and economics.
Methodologically, I frequently revert to formal and computational modeling techniques, which I combine with classic conceptual and philosophical analyses. I am also seeking to combine these approaches with experimental designs or the use of large scale online data.

My current work clusters around three major issues: The problem of strategic manipulation in deliberation, the emergence of trust in heterogeneous societies, and the interconnections between rationality, bargaining and inequality.

More generally, I am interested in the philosophy of modeling, conceptions of individual and collective rationality and all kinds of associated questions.