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We are social scientists using large datasets, algorithms, network science, automated text analysis and agent based models in our research. Organised in this group, we share knowledge, skills and inspirations.

An increasing number of research groups at the social science faculties at the University of Amsterdam and VU Amsterdam use computational methods for their research, and this trend will only grow in the future. In the last years, many new researchers skilled with computational methods and large amounts of data have entered the social science faculties. However, up till now, there were very few cross-fertilizations happening between these computational scholars in the different departments.

We recently closed this gap, strengthening the community by organizing the Computational Social Science Amsterdam club. We organize seminars, workshops and best practices sharing session, for which we regularly invite scholars of other universities and institutes. We also organise 1-day intensive courses for beginners, to share our knowledge.

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Our research ranges across different topics and fields in the social sciences. There are three broad classes of techniques that we frequently use.

Network Analysis

Automated Text Analysis

Agent-based Modeling

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    Eelke Heemskerk Associate professor, UvA Political science

    Eelke is associate professor of political science at the University of Amsterdam (UvA). Eelke published on corporate governance, corporate elites, social networks and institutional reform in the Netherlands and Europe.

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    Javier Garcia PhD, UvA Political science

    Javier, part of CORPNET research group, is interested in economic networks and inequality. He uses large datasets, network models and visualizations to understand how corporations organize in order to minimize taxation. He is also interested in the role of stochasticity in networks to coordinate responses.

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    Anna Keuchenius PhD, UvA Sociology

    Anna investigates the spread of ideas, particularly scientific ideas. She explores both the structural and cultural patterns of diffusion. She uses computational techniques such as network analysis and topic models in combination with qualitative techniques, such as close reading.

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    Dilaria Valeeva PhD, UvA Political science

    Diliara, part of the CORPNET research group, explores properties of the global business elite networks. Using a large-scale temporal dataset of inter-corporate connections and network analysis, she studies the formation and evolution of these networks in order to show "who rules the world" today. Diliara loves networks, revealing hidden patterns, and exploring micro-macro connections in social systems.

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    Jonas Halsbeck PhD, UvA Psychology

    Jonas is interested in modeling psychological phenomena (usually psychopathological symptomatology) from two perspectives: first, with statistical network / time series models that can be identified by empirical data. And second, with plausible mechanistic theories formalized as dynamical systems. Recently, he is especially interested in the relation between the two, and generally in how to empirically identify complex dynamical systems.

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    Jeroen Bruggeman Associate Professor, UvA Sociology

    Jeroen Bruggeman’s project is the creation of a sociology of humankind. It starts more than 300 kya in Africa, features cultural and genetic co-evolution as overarching approach, incorporates (modern) sociological classics and complexity science when it comes to self-organization of macro structures, and has an innovative approach to collective action.

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    Susan Vermeer PhD, UvA Communication Science

    Susan Vermeer is a PhD Candidate in the program group Political Communication and Journalism at the Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR) at the UvA. She writes her dissertation about news consumption in a world of news sites, algorithms, and social media. And, ultimately, how this affects political interest and political participation.

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    Petter Törnberg Assistant Professor, UvA Sociology

    Petter's research lies on the boundary between social science and complex systems, with a focus on conflict, power and identity through the lens of digital trace data, combining computational methods with qualitative approaches to contribute to sociological theory.

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    John Boy Assistant Professor, Leiden University Sociology

    John teaches urban studies and digital society and has research interests in the fields of digital sociology, urban sociology, sociology of religion, and social and cultural theory. He is working on a book about social media and its implication in urban life and old and new status hierarchies. After four years as a researcher at UvA, he is now an assistant professor of sociology at Leiden University.

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    Sebastian Krapohl Assistant Professor, UvA International Relations

    Sebastian Krapohl is currently developing the research project ‘GLOBAL CODE’, which aims to develop evolutionary game theory models and computer simulations on international cooperation and defection.

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    Ellis Aizenberg PhD, UvA Political science

    Ellis studies the participation, or so called lobbying activity, of corporations in the political process in Western Europe. The objective of her academic endeavor is to understand why corporations lobby alone through addressing determinants at micro, meso and macro level in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom and Germany. The wide variety of data types and methods provide a novel insight in the development of the participation of corporations in the political process.

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    Damian Trilling Assistant Professor, UvA Communication science

    Damian conducts research in the realm of political communication and journalism. In particular, he is interested in the question how the changing media landscape change political communication and journalism, how citizens, politicians, and journalists make use of new tools and what the impact of these changes is.

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    Frank Takes Assistant Professor, UvA Political science

    Frank works on analyzing real-world socio-economic networks such as social networks, corporate and economic networks and infrastructure networks. The aim is typically to extract real-world insights from the network structure in a data-driven manner.

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    Theo Araujo Assistant Professor, UvA Communication science

    Theo is co-director of the Digital Communication Methods Lab (digicomlab.eu) and his research focuses on the increasing adoption of artificial intelligence and related technologies within our communication environment as well as applications of computational methods within communication research.

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    Gijs Schumacher Assistant Professor, UvA Political science

    Gijs is the director of the Hot Politics Lab. He uses computational methods to analyze the rhetoric of politicians, and to simulate political competition. In addition to that, he develops physiological measures to study how people respond to political rhetoric. Read more on Gijs' website.

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    Anne Kroon Assistant Professor, UvA Communication science

    Anne's research focuses on bias and stereotypes in media content. Using computational methods and time-series analysis, she tries to understand how diverse social groups are portrayed in the media across time, and with what consequences.

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    Livia Teernstra PhD, UvA Sociology

    Livia investigates political polarization through the analysis of politicians on Twitter. She is particularly interested in using rich network data in order to uncover patterns of polarisation and cooperation amongst political elites across several countries.

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    Martijn Schoonvelde Visiting Researcher, UvA Political science

    Martijn is a political scientist who uses text mining methods to study communication by political leaders and media effects on voter attitudes and behavior.

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    Rens Wilderom PhD, UvA Sociology

    Rens focusses on the emergence and institutionalization of electronic dance music in the US, UK, and the Netherlands. Drawing on various methods, such as time series analysis, topic modeling, and network analysis, he is generally interested in the sociological/historical question of how “fields” come to be, and how they change.

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    Robin Tschötschel PhD, UvA Communication science

    Robin studies the role of controversy and consensus in news coverage about climate change and related areas (energy, transport, science, and the environment). In his work he combines qualitative research, automated text analysis, and network analysis as tools for studying discourses and audience responses to media content.



Theo Araujo

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Assistant Professor, UvA Communication science

Ellis Aizenberg

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PhD, UvA Political science

John Boy

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Assistant Professor, Leiden University Sociology

Jeroen Bruggeman

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Associate Professor, UvA Sociology

Javier Garcia

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PhD, UvA Political science

Jonas HaslBeck

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PhD, UvA Psychology

Eelke Heemskerk

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Associate professor, UvA Political science

Anna Keuchenius

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PhD, UvA Sociology

Sebastian Krapohl

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Assistant Professor, UvA International Relations

Anne Kroon

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Assistant Professor, UvA Communication Science

Ilse Pit

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Junior lecturer, UvA Communication science

Martijn Schoonvelde

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Visiting Researcher, UvA Political Science

Gijs Schumacher

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Assistant Professor, UvA Political science

Robin Tschötschel

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PhD, UvA Communication science

Frank Takes

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Assistant Professor, UvA Political science

Livia Teernstra

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PhD, UvA Sociology

Petter Törnberg

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Assistant Professor, UvA Sociology

Damian Trilling

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Assistant Professor, UvA Communication science

Dilaria Valeeva

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PhD, UvA Political science

Sander van Haperen

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PhD, UvA Sociology

Susan Vermeer

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PhD, UvA Communication science

Dawid Walentek

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PhD, UvA Political Science

Rens Wilderom

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PhD, UvA Sociology

Contact & Links

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Contact

For more information, questions or suggestion, please contact Anna or Javier at: a.keuchenius@uva.nl or garcia@uva.nl

Other links

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We thank the following partners for their contributions:

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