Nils Köbis


Nils Köbis  is a founding member of the Interdisciplinary Corruption Research Network.

He is a senior research scientist at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development at the Center for Humans and Machines.


His current work focuses on how Artificial Intelligence can lead to new forms of corruption but also be used in the fight against corruption. 

Previously, Nils wrote his dissertation on the Social Psychology of Corruption at the Faculty of Experimental and Applied Psychology (VU Free Unviversity Amsterdam). He is further interested in:

- theoretical differentiation of different psychological mechanisms involved corrupt behavior

- developing an "Atlas of Corruption Types" as teaching tool and to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration

- how social norms can help to explain, and reduce corruption

- how corruption unfolds over time

- corruption in the education sector

- dual process models and behavioral ethics

- meta-analyzing bribery games

and how trust in the sharing economy can produce adverse consequences


Together with Matthew Stephenson (Harvard Law School) and Christopher Starke (University of Amsterdam) he is the co-host of KickBack - The Global Anti Corruption Podcast (@KickBackGAP)