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Prof. Dr Claudio J. Tessone

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Claudio J. Tessone is Assistant Professor for Network Science at the University of Zurich since 2015, where he also serves as co-director of the University Priority Programme on Social Networks. His research interests focus on modelling and data analysis of complex socio-economic and techno-economic systems with more than 70 peer-review publications in diverse fields.

He has been doing research on cryptocurrencies and blockchain-related topics since 2013. With respect to the former, his interests lie on cryptocurrency analytics, the economics of cryptocurrencies, with a focus on the processes that lead to the centralisation of these, a priori, decentralised systems; therefore, a focal point of interest is the unveiling and understanding of the incentive schemes placed - many times unexpectedly in their design. With respect to blockchains, he studies the efficiency and scalability of consensus mechanisms, combining emulation of the platforms, complex-systems inspired modelling and real-world data analysis.

Since 2018, he serves as Chief Editor of the section on non-financial blockchains and interdisciplinary applications of the Journal “Frontiers in Blockchain”.


Cryptocurrency economics; social dynamics of cryptocurrency adoption; incentive schemes; governance; scalability of blockchain-based systems; consensus dynamics.

Related Publications

“The digital traces of bubbles: feedback cycles between socio-economic signals in the Bitcoin economy”. Journal of the Royal Society: Interface, pp. 20140623, vol. 11 (2014) “Taxonomy of Blockchain Technologies: Principles of Identification and Classification”. Under review in Ledger (2018), arXiv:1708.04872


  • In August 2017: Complex Socio-Technical Systems (Shanghai University for Finance and Economics), which was partially devoted to the topic.
  • During Spring Semester: Seminar Economics of Blockchain-based Systems (3 ECTS Ponts), for Bachelor students of Oec Faculty.
  • Spring 2018, took part of the UCL Executive Education Programme on Blockchain
  • As of Spring 2018, he has supervised multiple Masters and Bachelor Thesis on: Mircoeconomics of Cryptocurrencies, Cryptocurrencies and ICO pricing, business models, Consensus algorithms, Cartel mining, etc.