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. Learn more about the background here.
The three summer schools focus on one research topic each:
- The CSS summer school on conflict takes place from July 23 to August 3, 2018 at Jacobs University Bremen (Germany). Find the program here.
- The CSS summer school on migration takes place in summer 2019 in Sardinia (Italy).
- The CSS summer school on social cohesion takes place in summer 2020 in Groningen (Netherlands).
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. Learn more about the concept of the summer schools here.
Get to know the organizing team and our cooperating partners.
The summer schools are generously financed by the Volkswagen Foundation as part of its program International Research in Computational Social Sciences.