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My name is Daan Kolkman, I'm a doctoral researcher in the sociology department at the University of Surrey, England. I work in the Centre for Research in Social Simulation on the Evolution and Resilience of Industrial Ecosystems project.

My research revolves around the practices of informing government decision making with computational models:

The ongoing increase in the sophistication of modelling techniques and information technology allows for the development of ever more intricate (big) data analysis techniques and models. However, the understanding of the social processes that constitute the use of such models has arguably lagged behind and presents a hurdle to the effective implementation and proper use of new techniques. By looking at the adoption and utilisation of models in different organisations, my research aims to contribute to our understanding of modelling in policy contexts.


I'm interested in a variety of other topics including the built environment, mobility, complexity, social studies of finance and business location strategy.

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