Analytical sociologists seek to arrive at deeper and firmer understandings of important social, political, and cultural processes.
Through a combination of statistical analyses of big data bases, detailed micro research, computer simulations, and computer visualizations, the researchers at IAS seek to explain why people do what they do and the societal consequences of their behavior. The agent-based simulation models are used for understanding the links between micro behavior and macro dynamics. These sorts of simulation models also make it possible to conduct various “virtual societal experiments” that would have been impossible to conduct in reality. A considerable part of the research at IAS is concerned with individuals’ mobility in different markets - the labor market, the housing market, and the school market.
The main focus is on how these different markets intersect and influence one another. More specifically, we are concerned with the dynamic processes that lead to a concentration of individuals with certain socio-demographic characteristics in different workplaces, schools, and neighborhoods, and the consequences this has for the performance of the organizations and for the individuals themselves. The interdisciplinary nature of IAS makes it possible for its researchers to make innovative use of methods and analytical tools developed in other disciplines than their own.
IAS was established in 2014. It is administratively linked to the Department of Management and Engineering, but it has a university-wide mission and includes researchers from a range of different disciplines. IAS is governed by a board. Peter Hedström is the Director of the Institute and Benjamin Jarvis and Marc Keuschnigg are the Deputy Directors. You can find us in the beautiful industrial landscape by the Motala River in central Norrköping.
If you are interested in the relationship between Analytical Sociology and Computational Social Science, do read our article on the subject in the first issue of Journal of Computational Social Science 2018.