Volkswagen Foundation will fund three "BIGSSS Summer Schools in Computational Social Science: Data-Driven Modelling of Conflicts, Migration, and Social Cohesion" in the framework of its call for International Research in Computational Social Sciences. The project is a joint endeavor of Jan Lorenz, Klaus Boehnke, and Adalbert Wilhelm from Jacobs University Bremen (Germany), Andreas Flache from University of Groningen (Netherlands), Francesco Mola from Università di Cagliari (Italy), and myself. The three summer schools will focus consecutively on conflict, migration, and social cohesion and are scheduled to take place in Bremen, Groningen, and Cagliari in 2018, 2019, and 2020, respectively. More information will follow soon.
"On the Europeanization of Actions and Attitudes: A Macrosociological Comparison of the EU Member States", a paper co-authored with Jan Delhey, has been published (in German) at Berliner Journal für Soziologie in a special issue on Horizontal Europeanization edited by Christian Lahusen and Susanne Pernicka.
My article "The Spatial Structure of Transnational Human Activity", recently published in Social Science Research, received the BIGSSS Best Paper Award 2016 last Monday. The award, which is offered annually by the Bremen International Graduate School of Social Sciences, was endowed with 500 Euros. I donated the money to Sea-Watch.org, an NGO that works hard to save refugees in distress at sea in the Mediterranean.
A new article titled "People Matter: Recent Sociological Contributions to Understanding European Integration from Below", co-authored with Jan Delhey, has just appeared in the Council of European Studies' journal Perspectives on Europe. The Article summarizes some of our findings from the first funding phase of the Horizontal Europeanization project (2012-15), as well as some insights from my PhD project Mapping the Transnational World. It is available online for free.
On Friday July 10th 2015, I will give a talk at the GESIS Eurobarometer Symposium Four Decades of Surveying Europe – Perspectives on Academic Research with the European Commission’s Eurobarometer Surveys about our experiences in doing research on transnational activity and European identity with Eurobarometer survey data in the DFG Project Cross-border Interactions and Transnational Identities (PI: Prof. Jan Delhey).
Please see this announcement for details and this Call for Posters if you are interested in presenting your own work at the symposium.