Oliver’s research focuses on understanding the moral underpinnings of both individuals and societies — when we help others, why we cheat, and what we can do to reduce inequity. He has previously taught and researched at the Harvard Business School, Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Extension School. He received his Ph.D. in Biology from Harvard University in 2016 and his B.Sc. in Physics at the University of Innsbruck in 2010.
His research combines game theory with laboratory studies, field experiments, big data and machine learning. He has worked with some of the world's leading organisations, such as Unilever, BlackRock, Deloitte, GE and Yelp; with governments in the U.K. (Behavioural Insights Team, aka “Nudge Unit”) and Australia, and the New Mexico state government in the U.S.; and charities such as GlobalGiving, DonorsChoose.org and Kiva.
His work has been published in leading academic journals such as Nature, Nature Human Behaviour, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Research in Organizational Behavior, and Current Opinion in Psychology; practitioners' outlets such as the Harvard Business Review; and his research has been covered by popular news outlets such as the Boston Globe and Huffington Post.
As an educator and researcher, Oliver has received several awards and prizes, including Pacific Standard's "30 Top Thinkers Under 30" award, the Wharton People Analytics research competition prize, the Harvard University Richard J. Herrnstein Dissertation Prize, the Harvard John Parker Award, and several Certificates of Distinction in Teaching.