Data-Driven Technologies for the Social Sciences

Data-Driven Technologies for the Social Sciences

Our lives are increasingly influenced by digital tools. New technologies have significantly altered how we live, work and interact. At the same time, the enormous production of data provides unprecedented opportunities to both improve and threaten society.

Recognising that data science is fundamental to the social sciences of the future, this focus area aims to apply quantitative disciplines to a range of social challenges. CIVICA researchers work interdisciplinarily to study the impact of artificial intelligence and examine societal trends with the help of data analysis.

Key topics

  • Artificial intelligence and society
  • Societal changes brought about by digital technologies
  • Using new technologies for social good
  • Innovative digital methods for social science research


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Meet the thematic group

  • Petra Kralj Novak (theme leader)
  • Alessia Melegaro
  • Giacomo Calzolari
  • Slava Jankin
  • Bogdan Florian
  • Jean-Philippe Cointet
  • Jelena Angelis
  • Susan Scott

Petra Kralj Novak is Assistant Professor at the Department of Network and Data Science at the Central European University.

Alessia Melegaro is Associate Professor in Demography and Social Statistics at Bocconi University and Director of the Bocconi Covid Crisis Lab.

Giacomo Calzolari is Full-time Professor at the Department of Economics and Dean of Research, European University Institute. 

Slava Jankin is Professor of Data Science and Public Policy at the Hertie School and Director of the Hertie School Data Science Lab.

Bogdan Florian is lecturer at the Faculty of Political Science, National University for Political Science and Public Administration.

Jean-Philippe Cointet is researcher at the Sciences Po médialab, where he designs innovative computational sociology methods.

Jelena Angelis is Research Grants and Partnerships Expert at the Stockholm School of Economics.

Susan Scott is Professor of Information Systems in the Department of Management at The London School of Economics.

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About the CIVICA focus areas

As a European University of social sciences, we strive to find solutions to complex societal challenges. We chose four focus areas that reflect both pressing contemporary issues and our joint expertise. Each focus area brings together multidisciplinary teams from our alliance, and links research, education and innovation for the benefit of society.

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