Paolo is the Lead Trust Scientist at Airbnb, and an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Stanford University. In his work on the sharing economy, Paolo sees the development of trust as a process that reduces the social and economic uncertainty of interacting with a stranger. His work investigates how technology is deployed for building trust in the online marketplaces of the sharing economy. Further, he studies the social consequences of the processes that technology has unleashed. Paolo asks: to what extent are serendipity and magic still a part of human interactions in a world ruled by algorithms?
Karen conducts research on social interaction, social networks, and trust. She is the Ray Lyman Wilbur Professor of Sociology, Director of the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, and Vice-Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity at Stanford University.
Rense is an associate professor at the Department of Sociology of Utrecht University. His research revolves around the themes of cooperation, trust, and (the dynamics of) social networks, with empirical applications including adolescent networks, social media, the sharing economy, online criminal networks, and laboratory experiments.
A social psychologist named one of MIT Technology Review's top 35 innovators under 35 in 2011, Judd was Research Manager at Facebook before joining Airbnb as Director of Research. Also the co-founder of a relatively short-lived crowdsourcing start-up and a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York, Judd's diverse experiences help him appreciate the value of multiple perspectives when building great products. He completed his Ph.D. in Information Management & Systems at the School of Information at UC Berkeley in 2010.
Joyce is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the department of Sociology at Utrecht University, whose research revolves around cooperation and competition in online marketplaces. She holds a PhD in Economics from Utrecht University. Her current research focuses on determining the impact of participating in the sharing economy on generalized trust.
Judith is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Sociology department at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. She studies the social and institutional conditions under which the remarkable level of trust observed in the recently booming "sharing economy" can emerge. In particular, Judith studies the claim that sharing economy platforms are capable of creating trust between strangers, regardless of their respective social backgrounds.
Will is a PhD candidate in sociology at Stanford University. His research interests include estimating the determinants of trust using online field experiments.