The Institute for Analytical Sociology (IAS)

The researchers at the Institute for Analytical Sociology (IAS) conduct cutting-edge research on important social, political, and cultural matters. The research at IAS is sociological – in its original and broadly conceived meaning. The researchers at the IAS come from several academic disciplines.

Analytical sociologists seek to arrive at deeper understandings of social, political, and cultural processes

Analytical sociologists develop deeper, mechanism-based understandings of important social, political, and cultural processes.

Through a combination of agent-based simulations, social network analysis, and statistical models applied to survey, population register, social media, and text data, researchers at IAS seek to explain why people do what they do and the societal consequences of their behavior. In other words, we build detailed understandings of behaviors at the micro levels of individuals, families and firms, and relate these to empirical regularities—like segregation and inequality—at the macro levels of cities, states, industries, and beyond.

A considerable part of the research at IAS is concerned with individuals’ mobility within three important, interdependent socioeconomic domains: the labor market, the housing market, and the school system. This research area is 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 organizations, institutions, and the individuals themselves. Combining micro-level statistical analyses with computer simulations is key to this research area.

Another core area of IAS research advances computational text analysis in sociology. Large-scale text analysis offers new ways to measure what people feel, think, and talk about. Researchers at IAS are using corpora of digitized texts as “social sensors” to understand meaning making in the context of widespread social change, including the European migration crisis, and the rise of new radicalized political movements. IAS research in this area focuses on the social dynamics of public discourses arising from interactions between the public, the media, and a country’s political actors as they react to current events.

IAS is an interdisciplinary research environment featuring faculty and affiliates from sociology, political science, philosophy, management studies, and statistics. The researchers deploy a variety of techniques from text mining, machine learning, network science, choice modeling, causal inference, and agent-based modeling. The disciplinary character of the institute makes it possible for IAS researchers to make innovative use of methods and analytical tools developed in other fields than their own.

IAS was established in 2014. It is administratively linked to the Department of Management and Engineering. Peter Hedström is the Director of the Institute and Benjamin Jarvis and Marc Keuschnigg are the Deputy Directors. The institute is located in Central Norrköping, in the beautiful industrial landscape by the Motala River.

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.

IAS welcomes research team from Hungary
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Research
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Robert K Merton Fellowship
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Events
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Three representative articles
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Books

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Hedström, P. & Ylikoski, P. (2010). Causal mechanisms in the Social sciences. Annual Review of Sociology.

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Keuschnigg, M., Lovsjö, N. & Hedström, P. (2017). Analytical sociology and computational social science. Journal of Computational Social Science.

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Jarvis, B.F. & Song, X. (2017). Rising intragenerational occupational mobility in the United States, 1969-2011. American Sociological Review.

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Education
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Staff
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Affiliated researchers
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Ali Ahmed
Professor 
Linköping University
ali.ahmed@liu.se

David Andersson
Postdoktor
Uppsala University
david.e.andersson@liu.se
website

Karen Haandrikman

Universitetslektor/Senior lecturer

Stockholm University
karen.haandrikman@humangeo.su.se
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Michael Hörnquist
Professor
Linköping University
michael.hornquist@liu.se

Anders Ynnerman
Professor
Linköping University
anders.ynnerman@liu.se

Richard Öhrvall
Postgraduate
Linköping University
richard.ohrvall@liu.se

Peter Bearman
Professor
Columbia University
psb17@columbia.edu
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Francois Collet
Research Fellow
ESADE
francois.collet@esade.edu
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Chanchal Balachandran
Postdoktor
Utrecht University
c.balachandran@uu.nl
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Thomas Grund
Research Fellow
University College Dublin
thomas.grund@ucd.ie
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Petter Holme
Professor
Sungkyunkwan University
holme@skku.edu
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Gianluca Manzo
Research Fellow
University of Sorbonne, CNRS
gianluca.manzo@cnrs.fr
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Robert D Mare
Professor
University of California, Los Angeles
mare@ucla.edu
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Tim Müller
Research Fellow
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
t.mueller@hu-berlin.de
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Adis Murtic
Director Localization and Transfers
Siemens Industrial Turbomachinery AB
adis.murtic@liu.se

Rebeca Ibarra Olivares
Research Fellow
Linköpings universitet
rebeca.ibarra@liu.se

Eric Gladstone
Assistant professor
University of Kentucky
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Ryszard Szulkin
Professor
Stockholm University
ryszard.szulkin@sociology.su.se
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Tiantian Yang
Research Fellow
Duke University
ty41@duke.edu
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Elizabeth Roberto
Postdoktor
Princeton University
eroberto@princeton.edu
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Guilherme Chihaya Da Silva
Research Fellow
Umeå University
guilherme.chihaya@umu.se

Måns Magnusson
Postdoktor
Aalto University
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Sophie Mützel
Professor
Universität Luzern
 
Arnout van de Rijt
Professor
Utrecht University
a.vanderijt@uu.nl

Fabian Kratz
Postdoctoral researcher
LMU Munich
fabian.kratz@soziologie.uni-muenchen.de
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Board of IAS
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Postal Address

Linköping University The Institute for Analytical Sociology S-601 74  NORRKÖPING

Visiting Address

Kopparhammaren 2 Norra Grytsgatan 10 Campus Norrköping

About the Department
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