Computational Social Sciences Summer School on Conflict › view all

July 23 - August 3, 2018 | Jacobs University Bremen | Funded by Volkswagen Stiftung

July 23 - August 03, 2018
Jacobs University,
Campus Ring 1
28759 Bremen
Series: BIGSSS Summer Schools

From July 23 until August 3, 2018, the first of three Computational Social Sciences Summer Schools will take place at Jacobs University. It will focus on conflict research.

The CSS summer schools serve as a research incubator aimed at fostering the use of data-driven methods in the social sciences and developing a contribution to the research fields of conflict, migration, and social cohesion.


During the summer school, eight teams of five people will work on a specific research project. Each team consists of three junior researchers and two senior experts/supervisors, one with strong methodological expertise in CSS and the other with strong expertise in conflict research. Each team will work through the whole research process with the aim to prepare a manuscript for scientific publication.

Each project combines CSS methods with a research focus on conflict. This may involve the data-driven modelling of the onset, development, or duration of violent or non-violent social conflicts. It may make use of simulations and predictions, or it might focus on the consequences of conflict, for instance its relation to migration and social cohesion. A special focus shall be given to methodological approaches fostering predictive models. We also offer an optional two-day introductory course to R for all those not fa-miliar with the programming language.

Keynote Speakers

  • Kristian Skrede Gleditsch | University of Essex, UK
  • Nils Weidmann | Unversity of Konstanz, Germany
  • Michael D. Ward | Duke University, USA

Projects and Experts

Experts offer the following projects:

  1. Between cooperation and conflict. Modeling fine-grained revision changes as social interactions | Fabian Flöck (GESIS Leibniz-Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany)
  2. Values in everyday language and inter-group conflict | Peter Holtz (Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien, Germany) & Henrik Dobewall (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  3. Socio-ecological tipping points. Quantifying the link between environmental and climate change and conflict | Davide Natalini (Anglia Ruskin University, UK)
  4. Simulating the Economic Impacts of Mafia | Luis Gustavo Nardin & Gerd Wagner (both Brandenburg University of Technology, Germany)
  5. The role of homophily in the emergence of social norms within social networks | Fariba Karimi (GESIS Leibniz-Insti-tute for the Social Sciences, Germany)
  6. Analyzing conflict dynamics at the event level | Sebastian Schutte & Karsten Donnay (both University of Konstanz, Germany)
  7. The timing and execution of terrorist attacks | Adam Robert Pah (Northwestern University, USA)
  8. In addition, applicants have the opportunity to propose their own project idea.

Further experts

  • Nicolas Payette (Laboratory for Agent-Based Social Simula-tion, Italy)
  • James Kitts (University of Massachusetts, USA)
  • Bruce Edmonds (Centre for Policy Modelling, UK)
  • Cornelius Puschmann (University of Hamburg, Germany)
  • Jan Lorenz (BIGSSS, Germany)
  • Adalbert Wilhelm (BIGSSS, Germany)

Contact and More Info

Arline Rave (BIGSSS) Organizational management

Jan Lorenz (BIGSSS) Scientific management


For more info, please check our CSS website.