• Emma Fabian, News Editor

Applications welcome: Summer Institute in Computational Social Science, University of Oxford

Attend virtually

Monday 14 June to

Friday 25 June 2021

Sponsored by Nuffield College, Department of Sociology, and the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science

School led by Chris Barrie, Charles Rahal, Francesco Rampazzo, and Tobias Rüttenauer

Apply here by 11:59pm GMT, 15 March 2021

Purpose: The Summer Institute in Computational Social Science, University of Oxford (SICSS Oxford), brings together postgraduate research students and early career researchers interested in computational social science.

Aimed at: computationally-minded social scientists (broadly conceived), and data scientists with an interest in the social sciences (broadly conceived).


Week One: an instructional program involving taught workshops (and group exercises) in the mornings; reflections and discussion groups based on the material provided by the other (main and partner) SICCS sites over lunch and in the early afternoon; followed by research talks and introductions to specific areas of computational social science from Oxford and beyond.

There will be speakers from industry, government and those who conduct computational social science research in a variety of settings, not limited to academia.

We will also be hosting a jointly organized seminar series in conjunction with SICSS-London.

Week Two: focus on group-based participant-led research projects, with funding available to build teams and ideas which can produce publishable work, with input from the conveners.

This second week starts with an introduction to 'Ethics, Open Science, Reproducible Research Pipelines and Data Visualisation' (a Carpentry-type workshop).

Followed by additional instructional workshops on topics such as*:

  1. Text as data (NLP)

  2. Working with digital data

  3. Non-probability samples and digital field experiments

  4. Machine learning and computer vision

  5. Geospatial data and analysis

*all subject to change.

Students will have plenty of opportunity to discuss their ideas and research with the organisers, other participants, and visiting speakers. We are committed to open and reproducible research, so all materials created by the Summer Institute will be released open source.

Participation is restricted to postgraduate research, doctoral and early career researchers (within seven years of PhD completion).

We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and fields of study, especially applicants from groups currently under-represented in computational social science.

About 25 participants will be invited. Participants are expected to fully attend, participate and engage in the entire program.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all events will take place online.