Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology
University of Groningen
Title of Keynote
From Consensus to Polarization and Back. Creating a Dialogue Between Abstract Computational Models and Empirical Data.
Andreas Flache is professor of sociology at the Department of Sociology and the ICS, at Faculty for Social and Behavioral Sciences of the University of Groningen. He studies in particular modeling of norms and networks.
His main research addresses social integration, cooperation problems, social networks and learning theory. For this, he applies agent-based computational and game theoretical modeling, laboratory experiments, network research, survey research and various other methods. He is a member of the consortium of the NWO-financed gravity program SCOOP, a major effort to study sustainable cooperation in families, communities and organizations from a range of different disciplinary perspectives, launched in 2017 (PI: Rafael Wittek). From April 2019, Andreas Flache leads together with colleagues from France, Germany, the Netherlands and the UK the project ToRealSim, an effort to link computational models of opinion dynamics with empirical research on social influence. His work has been published in social science journals like American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Conflict Resolution, or Organization Science, but also in multidisciplinary journals like the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences or Science and specialized journals like PloS Computational Biology, Sociology of Education, Rationality and Society, or Journal of Mathematical Sociology.
His research is embedded in the research program of the ICS (Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology), a research and training center accredited by the Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Until September 1, 2016, he was director of studies (opleidingsdirecteur) of the Bachelor- and Master program Sociology at the University of Groningen, and head of the department of Sociology.