Computational Social Science Summer Schools

Research Incubators on Data-driven Modeling of Conflicts, Migration, and Social Cohesion

The idea of the research incubator is to bring together experts in Computational Social Sciences (CSS), experts on a specific research topic, and junior researchers within three summer schools to advance future research on the multiple linkages between social cohesion, migration, and conflicts by using data-driven modeling approaches. As the current refugee crisis illustrates, migration, voluntary or forced, has the potential to destabilize social cohesion in core states of Europe, generating conflicts within a society, while at the same time successful integration requires a strong and supportive network of citizens sharing values and ideas.

Comptational Social Science Summer Schools

The Summer Schools focus on one research topic each:

  1. The CSS summer school on Conflict took place from July 23 to August 3, 2018 at Constructor University Bremen (Germany). 
  2. The CSS summer school on Migration took place in summer 2019 on Sardinia (Italy). 
  3. The CSS summer school on Social Cohesion took place from July 4-15, 2022 in Groningen (The Netherlands).

For a brief reports, see the archive.

An additional, 4th BIGSSS-CSS Summer School will take place from July 3-23. 2023 in Bremen at the Constructor University Campus. The summer school will focus on the topic of democratic debate.

Within each summer school, junior researchers team up with senior experts to work through the whole research process on one specific research topic. Their aim is to prepare a manuscript for scientific publication. Within each team, one expert has a strong methodological expertise in computational social sciences (CSS) and the other a strong topical expertise. The goal is to train the 24 participating junior researchers in CSS methods and to give them hands-on expertise in a cutting-edge research project on conflicts using CSS methods.

For more information, check the CSS summer schools website.