The Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research
Theoretical Physics Group
Centre for Policy Modelling
Former SCID team members (links to external sites)
Institute for Social Change
Professor Nick Crossley
Nick’s main connection to this project is via his interest in social network analysis. He is interested in how different sorts of networks take shape and to what effect. He has expertise in gathering and analysing empirical network data and is interested in the social worlds that take shape around networks. His main areas of application to date have been: social movement networks (the suffragettes, the IRA and student movements), music scenes (punk and post-punk) and gyms. He has also done some work on the value and problems of applying physics-based theories of networks to the social world. He was a founder member of the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis and is based in sociology. For more information click here
Professor Ed Fieldhouse
Professor Ed Fieldhouse is the Principal Investigator of SCID and will oversee the Social Science research team. His research interests focus on the role of social, political and geographical context in political and civic behaviour, with a particular emphasis on ethnic differences in participation. He also worked on ethnic differences in unemployment and social capital and how these relate to the characteristics of place. Further information can be found here
Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips
Dr Laurence Lessard-Phillips is a sociologist who joined the SCID project in December 2010. She received her doctorate in Sociology from the University of Oxford (Nuffield College). She is particularly interested in immigrant adaptation issues and ethnic inequalities, with a focus on the educational and labour market outcomes of the second generation. Her involvement in SCID will relate to examining macro-level processes and dealing with data issues and challenges. More information about her research can be found here.
Professor Yaojun Li
Professor Yaojun Li is a sociologist interested in social stratification, social capital and socio-economic integration of minority ethnic groups in Britain. His role in the project is to provide sociological input in these areas. More information about his research is available here.
Dr Nick Shryane
A cognitive psychologist by training, Nick has worked on cross-disciplinary projects spanning domains such as software engineering, political science and psychiatry. He specialises in the statistical modelling of complicated psychosocial systems using latent variable methods. As a Co-Investigator on the project Nick will be responsible for coordination across the three SCID research groups, and for leading the theme investigating the effects of Homophily and Social Trust. More information about his research is available here
Dr Huw Vasey
Dr. Huw Vasey joined the SCID project in September 2011. Originally trained as a social anthropologist, he holds a PhD in human geography from the University of Exeter and specialises in qualitative and ethnographic research. His research interests cover international migration, ethnicity and social diversity, as well as work, employment and social change. He is currently concerned with developing the employment theme of the SCID project.
Dr Gennaro Di Tosto
Dr Gennaro Di Tosto holds a PhD in psychology.Before joining SCID in February 2014 he took part in other interdisciplinary projects, first as research assistant at the Italian National Research Council in Rome, then as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Utrecht.He is interested in the study of multi-agent systems as tools to understand social processes, like the dynamics of social conventions and norms or the evolution of trust and cooperation.
Tom Loughran is a Research Assistant on the SCID Project mainly working on the Voter Model. He is currently completing a PhD at the University of Manchester that uses a latent modelling approach to investigate the relationship between political values and vote choice. He is interested in comparative political behaviour and innovative approaches to modelling voting
Theoretical Physics Group
Professor Alan McKane
Professor Alan McKane is leading the part of the research which uses ideas and techniques from theoretical physics to construct and analyse models which are relevant to the issues which we are investigating. His background is in mathematics and theoretical physics, more specifically the statistical mechanics of systems out of equilibrium. In the last few years he has been using the methodology of this subject in many areas of the biological and social sciences, as well as in the physical sciences. For further details see his webpage.
Dr Louise Dyson
A mathematician by training, Louise joined the SCID project in January 2013 after doing a doctorate at the University of Oxford. She is particularly interested in the application of physical and mathematical modelling techniques to biological and social systems. She is working with Alan McKane and Bruce Edmonds on the reduction and analysis of complex social models.
Dr Luis Fernandez Lafuerza
Luis did a PhD in statistical physics at the Institute for Cross-Disciplinary Physics and Complex Systems in Palma de Mallorca. He is broadly interested in the development and application of mathematical methods suitable for the analysis of complex systems, and particularly in the study of stochastic dynamics. He is also working with Alan McKane and Bruce Edmonds on the reduction and analysis of complex social models.
Centre for Policy Modelling
Professor Bruce Edmonds
Bruce Edmonds is the Director of the Centre for Policy Modelling, and a Senior Research Fellow. He is interested in many things, including: all aspects of agent-based social simulation, socially-inspired computing, the nature of social context, and the philosophy of modelling. Bruce will lead the social simulation parts of the project, interfacing between the social and complexity sciences.
Dr Ruth Meyer
Ruth Meyer has graduated in computer science and biology from Hamburg University. In her PhD thesis she has focused on agent-based simulation with an explicit representation of space. Her main research interests at the moment are in modelling and simulation, agent-based or otherwise, simulation methodology, social network analysis and spatial modelling. She has joined the CPM in 2005, working as a modeller in several EU projects. In the SCID project she will be responsible for developing evidence-driven agent-based social simulation models.