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30 March, 2017

Last call for abstracts (Arp 7): Beyond Schelling and Axelrod: Computational Models of Ethnocentrism and Diversity

Any work with simulation models that touch on these issues, critiques of existing models or relevant empirical work welcome. Just email them to but end 7th April.

Information about the workshop at:

29 January, 2017

Special issue of Scientometrics on "Simulating the processes of science, technology, and innovation"

The special issue edited by Katy Börner, Bruce Edmonds, Staša Milojević & Andrea Scharnhorst of Scientometrics on "Simulating the processes of science, technology, and innovation" is now out.
It is in Volume 110, Issue 1, January 2017 at: and includes:
  • An Editorial by Katy Börner, Bruce Edmonds, Staša Milojević & Andrea Scharnhorst
  • "Agent-based simulation for science, technology, and innovation policy" by Petra Ahrweiler
  • "Creating impact in the digital space: digital practice dependency in communities of digital scientific innovations" by Sabine Brunswicker, Sorin Adam Matei, Michael Zentner, Lynn Zentner & Gerhard Klimeck
  • "Mapping technology space by normalizing patent networks" by Jeff Alstott, Giorgio Triulzi, Bowen Yan & Jianxi Luo
  • "What’s wrong with Science?" by David Chavalarias
  • "Towards the discovery of scientific revolutions in scientometric data" by Rogier De Langhe
  • "An efficient system to fund science: from proposal review to peer-to-peer distributions" by Johan Bollen, David Crandall, Damion Junk, Ying Ding & Katy Börner

26 January, 2017

Call for abstracts for a workshop on Computational Models of Ethnocentrism and Diversity

Call for abstracts

Workshop: Beyond Schelling and Axelrod - Computational Models of Ethnocentrism and Diversity

Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
June 7th – 8th, 2017.

Workshop theme:

Ethnocentrism, a positive orientation towards those with the same ethnicity and a negative one towards others, is widely observed in human societies. Several seminal (computational agent-based) social simulation models show how interactions between individuals emerge aspects of ethnocentrism such as in-group bias based on ethnic markers (Hammond & Axelrod 2006); local cultural homogeneity combined with global polarisation (Axelrod 1997); and racial segregation (Schelling 1971). These models have influenced on-going research that inherits similar frameworks and assumptions.

The workshop will spotlight on-going work influenced by, or in response to, these modelling directions. In addition we welcome critical position statements and critiques of the assumptions that such models embody, as well as relevant empirical studies.

Important dates:

  • April 7th - abstract submission deadline (e-mail to
  • April 21st - acceptance notification.
  • June 7th & 8th - workshop event (two half-days: June 7th 1pm-5pm and
  • June 8th 9am-1pm).

Journal special issue:

After the workshop we plan to organise a special issue of a relevant journal on the subject of the workshop including articles based on the best presentations at the workshop. Also, depending on the outcome of the panels and discussion, we may coordinate a collective position / review article to accompany the special issue.


  • Bruce Edmonds, Manchester Metropolitan University (
  • Laurence Lessard-Phillips, Institute for Research into Superdiversity, University of Birmingham (
  • David Hales, Manchester Metropolitan University (
Further details can be found at:


Axelrod, R. (1997) The dissemination of culture - A model with local convergence and global polarization. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 4(2):203-226.
Hammond, R.A. & Axelrod, R. (2006). The evolution of ethnocentrism. Journal of Conflict Resolution, 50(6):926-936.
Schelling, T.C. (1971). Dynamic models of segregation. Journal of Mathematical Sociology, 1:143-186

17 January, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Stefano Picascia!

Stefano Picascia had his viva today and passed with only some "minor typographical corrections" to do.  His thesis was on "Agent-based modelling of urban economic and cultural dynamics under the rent-gap hypotheses" which we will put up on the website as soon as it is visible again (Its working again but not showing outside the university for some reason).