About me

I am a postdoctoral research fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in Toulouse, France.

My research focuses on behavioral aspects in evolutionary game theory. I am interested in the evolution of behavioral strategies and learning, especially, in the presence of inequality. Mostly, I want to understand how interplay of inequality and other mechanisms (such as information, decision-making policies, etc) affects the evolution of social behaviour.

Previously, I was a research fellow at the Institute of Science and Technology Austria and a visiting researcher at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Vienna in the group for Behavioral Economics "Insight Austria". I obtained my PhD from the School of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Queensland in April 2019.

Email: maria.kleshnina [at] iast.fr



News and updates

February, 2023: I am very happy to announce that I was invited to give a lecture at the Winter School on the Evolutionary Foundations of Economic Behaviour organised by the Queensland University of Technology and Behavioural and Economic Science Cluster at the University of Queensland in July 2023. Looking forward to this event!

February, 2023: For my Russian-speaking colleagues: the episode of the Observer Effect podcast has now gone live! It was so cool to talk to the curious hosts about some parts of what the evolutionary research is about. I really appreciate the opportunity to communicate my research to younger listeners.

February, 2023: I had a great pleasure to talk about the factors that drive human behaviour with experts Daniel Nettle and Amy Orben for the Crossing Channels podcast hosted by Rory Cellan-Jones.

October, 2022: In the academic year 2022-23, together with Peter Bayer, I am a provisional co-leader of the IAST Social Evolution Research Team. 

August, 2022: next year is the 50th anniversary of evolutionary game theory. Christian Hilbe, Katerina Stankova and I are editing a special issue  for the journal of Dynamic Games and Applications devoted to this important milestone. Check it out, we are looking forward to submissions!

July, 2022: our paper on "The effect of environmental information on evolution of cooperation in stochastic games" together with Christian Hilbe, Stepan Simsa, Krishnendu Chatterjee and Martin Nowak received  Thomas Vincent Best Paper Award from the International Society on Dynamic Games and Applications.

May, 2022: our project on "Understanding the formation and success of groups through game theory and network science" together with Peter Bayer, Marion Hoffman, and Marijn Keijzer has been awarded an IAST Miltidisciplinary Grant.