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Institute for Analytical Sociology to be opened

On 19 September the new Institute for Analytical Sociology (IAS) at Campus Norrköping will be officially opened, with an afternoon reception and a tour of the premises.

Kopparhammaren, exteriörThe brand-new IAS is based at K2, in the Kopparhammaren Building, next to Visualisation Centre C. It will conduct cutting-edge research on important social phenomena. By combining statistical analyses of large databases, detailed microstudies, data simulation and visualisation, the researchers will gain a better understanding of social issues.

Linköping University Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun, as well as some 50 invited guests, will attend.

Peter Hedström, press photo Institute of Future StudiesPeter Hedström, professor of analytic sociology and new director of the institute, has gathered the entire research group for the first time:

”Many of us have worked together before – but now we’re all together here at the institute. It’s important to get on the right track, right from the start.”

About twenty researchers are already affiliated with IAS – many international, for instance from Columbia University, Sorbonne, the University of Manchester, UCLA and Cambridge, as well as from nordic universities including Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki and of course Linköping.

From his former position at the Institute of Futures Studies in Stockholm, Prof Hedström has brought three research projects concerning segregation processes in contemporary society.

Advances in analytical sociology are driven partly by the massive increases in computing performance, which has enabled completely new ways of analysing, simulating and visualising complex, dynamic, large-scale social systems.

Using empirical studies of how individuals behave, the researchers can apply agent-based simulation models to gain in-depth knowledge of important social phenomena – as well as the social consequences of individuals’ behaviour. It is even possible to conduct virtual experiments that would not be possible to carry out in real life.

The institute’s partners:

  • The Interdisciplinary Center for Innovative Theory and Empirics (INCITE) at Columbia University
  • NISD, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
  • SIMSAM: IAS is one of the nodes in the national SIMSAM network, Swedish Initiative for Research on Microdata in the Social And Medical Sciences, which is funded by the Swedish Research Council.
  • The Finnish Centre of Excellence in the Philosophy of the Social Sciences (TINT).
  • INAS, International Network of Analytical Sociologists

Footnote. Research at the IAS is funded partially by the European Research Council, the Swedish Research Council and the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation.

Photo: Kopparhammaren Building, photo by Elisabet Wahrby. Peter Hedström, photo courtesy of Institute for Futures Studies.

 

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