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Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence

Computational Social Science

Computational Social Science Theme Leads: Dr Chico Camargo and Dr Miriam Koschate-Reis

The Computational Social Science theme at the IDSAI brings together researchers interested in developing or applying computational approaches to the social sciences. The theme spans across different disciplines, including (but not limited to) political science, sociology, social psychology, education, law, economics, cognitive science, linguistics, criminology, anthropology, cultural evolution, as well as mathematics and computer science. 

 Researchers in this theme employ a range of methodologies, often combining qualitative approaches with computational methods drawing from network science, natural language processing, computer vision, agent-based modelling, as well as machine learning. The theme links with research programmes at the Alan Turing Institute in Public PolicyDefence & Security, and Data Science for Science and the Humanities.   

 We welcome enquiries from doctoral, postdoctoral and faculty researchers in all disciplines interested in this theme. Please contact the Theme Leads above, or email 

Related Centres of Excellence in Exeter

Exeter has been chosen as one of only fifteen universities to host a Q-step Centre, developing specialist undergraduate programmes including work placements as well as pathways to postgraduate study.

Building on the University's core disciplines of Sociology, Criminology, Politics, and International Relations, Exeter Q-Step brings together a range of activities related to training as well as curriculum development in quantitative methods. The Centre has recruited academics for the delivery of undergraduate courses focused on endowing students with quantitative literacy and applied data analysis skills, so it offers challenging, exciting and career-enhancing programmes.

The Q-Step programme is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE). More information can be found on the Nuffield Foundation Q-Step website.

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The Mission of the University of Exeter's Centre for Social Mobility is to help students realise their potential through higher education.  

The Centre is open to academic faculty, professional service staff and students who share an interest in enhancing research and practice in widening participation policy and practice.

The Centre aims to bring researchers and practitioners together to promote evidence-based practice, nurture new ideas and support a whole institution approach to social mobility.

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