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Peter Hedström

Peter Hedström is Professor of Analytical Sociology and the Director of the Institute for Analytical Sociology. He also is Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College in Oxford.

Hedström received his doctorate from Harvard in 1987 and has since then held professor appointments at the University of Chicago, Stockholm University, University of Oxford, and Singapore Management University.

He is board member of the Swedish Research Council, President of the International Network of Analytical Sociologists, and he has been President of the European Academy of Sociology and the Swedish Sociological Association.

He is an elected fellow of The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, The Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, The Norwegian Academy of Science, Academia Europaea and the European Academy of Sociology.

He has been Editor of Acta Sociologica and Associate Editor of American Journal of Sociology, Annual Review of Sociology and Rationality and Society.

His research has focused on social networks and their role in explaining various social phenomena. The methodology of the social sciences is another area of interest, and he has been one of the driving forces behind the development of analytical sociology.

Three recently published works

  • "Identifying Complex Dynamics in Social Systems: A New Methodological Approach Applied to Study School Segregation”. Sociological Methods & Research, 2016 (with Viktoria Spaiser, Shyam Ranganathan, Kim Jansson, Monica K. Nordvik, and David J. T. Sumpter).

  • “Old friends and new acquaintances: Tie formation mechanisms in an inter-organizational network generated by employee mobility” (with Francois Collet). Social Networks. 2013, 35(3): 288-299.

  • “Causal mechanisms in the social sciences” (with Petri Ylikoski). Annual Review of Sociology 36: 49–67, 2010.


Three frequently cited works


  •  P. Hedström Dissecting the Social: On the Principles of Analytical Sociology. Cambridge University Press, 2005.
  •  P Hedström and R. Swedberg (eds.) Social Mechanisms: An Analytical Approach to Social Theory.  Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.
  •  “Contagious collectivities: On the spatial diffusion of Swedish trade unions, 1890–1940.” American Journal of Sociology 99(5): 1157–1179, 1994.

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Peter Hedström

Name: Peter Hedström
Position: Professor of Analytical Sociology and Director of IAS
Institute: The Institute for Analytical Sociology (IAS)
Host Department: IEI


Phone: +46 11 363520

E-mail: peter.hedstrom@liu.se

Linköping University
The Institute for Analytical Sociology

Visiting address:
Kopparhammaren 2, office 3054
Norra Grytsgatan 10
Campus Norrköping

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