Andrea Baronchelli

Associate Professor in Mathematics at City, University of London, Token Economy theme lead at The Alan Turing Institute, Research Associate at the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies.

I research the self organisation of & in decentralised socio-technical systems: How we coordinate, compete and cooperate when there is no central authority, how we reach tipping points in collective behaviour, what role (mis)information plays in our life, how we interact with the blockchain technology, how we collectively categorise reality, etc.

My approach is informed by the physics of complex systems, network science and data science and includes the analysis of large amount of data, mathematical modelling, and lab experiments with human subjects.

My work has appeared in Science, PNAS, Nat Hum Behav, Science Adv, Nat Comm, PRL and Trends in Cog Sci, among the others. It has been often covered by the media, and supported by public and private institutions (UKRI, ESRC, InnovateUK, UK Govt., PayPal, etc). In 2019, I received the Young Scientist Award for Socio and Econophysics from the German Physical Society.

Besides academia, I regularly help start-ups and companies in the blockchain/crypto space improve their products by assessing, and anticipating, the behaviour of the communities they aim to reach.


Some recent presentations

Mapping the NFT revolution

Critical mass and tipping points in social convention

IC2S2'20 Keynote talk

Collective Dynamics of Dark Web Marketplaces

Talk at ACM Collective Intelligence '20

Selected publications:


  • From code to market: Network of developers and correlated returns of cryptocurrencies. Lucchini, Alessandretti, Lepri, Gallo and Baronchelli Science Advances (2020)

  • The emergence of consensus. Baronchelli Royal Society Open Science

  • The dynamics of norm change in the cultural evolution of language. Amato, Lacasa, Díaz-Guilera and Baronchelli PNAS (2018)

  • Experimental evidence for tipping points in social convention. Centola, Becker, Brackbill and Baronchelli Science (2018)

  • Evidence for a conserved quantity in human mobility. Alessandretti, Sapiezynski, Sekara, Lehmann and Baronchelli Nat. Hum. Behav. (2018)

  • Evolutionary dynamics of the cryptocurrency market. ElBahrawy, Alessandretti, Kandler, Pastor-Satorras, and Baronchelli RSOS (2017)

  • The spontaneous emergence of conventions: An experimental study of cultural evolution. Centola and Baronchelli PNAS (2015)

  • Networks in Cognitive Science. Baronchelli, Ferrer-i-Cancho, Pastor-Satorras, Chater, and Christiansen Trends Cog. Sci. (2013)

  • Modeling human dynamics of face-to-face interaction networks. Starnini, Baronchelli and Pastor-Satorras Phys. Rev. Lett. (2013)

  • Random Walks and Search in Time-Varying Networks. Perra, Baronchelli, Mocanu, Goncalves, Pastor-Satorras and Vespignani Phys. Rev. Lett. (2012)

  • Modeling the emergence of universality in color naming patterns. Baronchelli, Gong, Puglisi and Loreto PNAS (2010)

  • Cultural route to the emergence of linguistic categories. Puglisi, Baronchelli and Loreto PNAS (2008)

  • Sharp transition towards shared vocabularies in multi-agent systems. Baronchelli, Felici, Loreto, Caglioti and Steels J. Stat. Mech. P06014 (2006)