Dr Shahar Avin is a postdoctoral research associate at the Centre for the Study of Existential Risk (CSER). His research examines challenges and opportunities in the implementation of risk mitigation strategies, particularly in areas involving high uncertainty and heterogenous or conflicting interests and incentives. Mixing anthropological methods and agent-based modelling, Shahar works with other CSER researchers and others in the X-risk community to identify and design opportunities for impact.
He completed his doctoral thesis, “Breaking the grant cycle: On the rational allocation of public resources to scientific research projects”, at the department for history and philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Professor Tim Lewens and Dr Stephen John.
Shahar has also worked as a software engineer, both in a large corporation and at early stage startups in Israel and in Cambridge.