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Department of Sociology
Last Update: September 19, 2016
Welcome to my homepage. I am professor of sociology at the Department of Sociology and the ICS, at Faculty for Social and Behavioral Sciences of the University of Groningen. I study in particular modeling of norms and networks.
My research is embedded in the research program of the ICS (Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology), a research and training center accredited by the Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Until September 1, 2016, I was director of studies (opleidingsdirecteur) of the Bachelor- and Master program Sociology at the University of Groningen, and head of the department of Sociology. Currently I am enjoying a year free of administrative duties to focus on research. My main research addresses social integration, cooperation problems, social networks and learning theory. From 1999-2001, I have been a research fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In 2004, I received an NWO-VIDI grant for the research project “The importance of timing and structure: modeling effects of interpersonal contacts on social cohesion in diverse groups” that I conducted as principal investigator from 2005 to 2010 (see VIDI-research proposal). I apply agent based computational and game theoretical modeling, laboratory experiments, survey research and network research. My work has been published in social science journals like American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Organization Science, but also in multidisciplinary journals like the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and specialized journals like Sociology of Education, Rationality and Society, or Journal of Mathematical Sociology.
Here you can find my CV with a complete overview of my publications and other activities in research, teaching and the scientific community in general: Curriculum Vitae / list of publications
Check out the recent Science paper “Complexity Theory and Financial Regulation” that I co-authored. … Related comments and response: letter by Ruhl, letter by Witzling, responses.
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