Dr Daniele Cassese

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BSc (Siena), MSc (Siena), PhD (Siena)

Research Fellow
Mead Research Fellow


I completed both my undergraduate degree and masters in Economics at the University of Siena, Italy, where I also started my PhD. I moved to Cambridge in 2012, initially for a one-year visiting at the Department of Mathematics and at Christ’s College, which then I managed to extend till the completion of my PhD. During this period I was also Teaching Associate at Queens’ College. I started my Postdoc at the University of Namur, Belgium, in 2016 and moved to the Oxford Mathematical Institute in 2017.

I have always been an avid reader, and reading remains one of my favourite activities during my free time. I used to play the piano, and my mid term plan is to start playing again properly


My research focuses on complexity, read through the lens of networks: I studied how connectivity influences dynamical processes, in particular trade, epidemic spreading and natural selection. In my dissertation I proved the conditions under which cooperation prevails in evolutionary games, and proved a version of the Second Welfare Theorem for networks in an Edgeworth barter process. I am also interested in topological data analysis, and during my postdoc I investigated the creation of knowledge in mathematics through the investigation of co-occurrence relations between concepts in mathematical articles using persistent homology.

As Mead Research Fellow I am interested in completing the publication of the articles I am writing and in bringing forward my research agenda. In particular I am working on models of dynamics on higher order structures (networks where interactions are not just between couples of agents but also groups of several dimensions). Moreover, I am interested in exploring inequality in a network perspective, both in terms of mathematical models and in terms of data analysis using persistent homology.