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I am a member of the GENDERBALL project team at the Centre for Sociological Research of KU Leuven (Principal Investigator: Jan Van Bavel). In the context of this project, I examine the implications of the shifting gender balance in education for reproductive behavior in Europe, mostly by means of agent-based computational modeling. A short overview of my recent research activities in the context of this project can be obtained hereGerman speakers can learn more about our research in a recent article in the Neue Zürcher Zeitung.

In my Ph.D. research at the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology at the University of Groningen, I examined the emergence of status differentiation from small group interaction by means of agent-based computational modeling and social network analysis (Supervisors: Rafael Wittek and Andreas Flache). I was particularly interested in the social construction of status characteristics such as gender, age, and ethnicity. A digital copy of my dissertation can be obtained here

News and upcoming events

Jan Van Bavel will present a poster based on our paper "The Income Cliff in Households: Insights from Agent-Based Computational Modelling" at the 8th Alpine Population Conference, which takes place from1417 January 2018 in La Thuile, Italy.

From 15–19 January 2018, I will teach in the course 'Introduction to Agent-Based Computational Modelling in Population Studies' at the Centre for Sociological Research of KU Leuven.

I will present our work on agent-based modeling in the workshop 'Sozialwissenschaftliche Simulationen und die Soziologie der Simulation' (Simulation in the Social Sciences and the Sociology of Simulation), which takes place from 910 March 2018 at the Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany.