Dr Corinna Elsenbroich
Corinna is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology. She joined the Centre for Research in Social Simulation in August 2008 as a Research Fellow. Her academic background is in Philosophy (LSE BSc MSc) and Computer Science (KCL PhD), where her PhD Instinct for Detection developed a logic for abductive reasoning. Corinna has worked as a policy researcher in the private sector before joining Surrey.
Areas of specialism
Corinna's research interest is methods development in the social sciences. Given her philosophy of social science background Corinna is interested in methodological and epistemological aspects of novel methods, in particular computational methods such as agent-based modelling and social simulation, and has published on aspects of ontology, explanatory power and context validity in modelling. As a computational modeller she has developed models of dynamic social networks of juvenile delinquency, neighbourhood effects of extortion racketeering and collective reasoning in social dilemma situations. She is particularly interested in complexity sensitive social science methods, comprising computational, case based and participatory methods. As a co-investigator in the Centre for Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN) she is involved with developing these methods in a policy relevant way. She is currently working on how to combine methods through novel research designs.
Co-I: CECAN II : Centre for Complexity Evaluation in the Nexus. ESRC Grant, March 2019-2022.
Placement Fellowship: ESRC-NCRM/Cabinet Office: January – September 2018
Co-I: DAMS 2.0 GCRF 2017-2022.
Co-I: CECAN : Centre for Complexity Evaluation in the Nexus. ESRC Grant, March 2016-2019.
Principal Investigator: Collective Reasoning as a Moral Point of View, AHRC/ESRC Research Grant (Early Career), July 2014-January 2017.
Co-I: DTC South-East, ESRC Advanced Training Initiative. Funding to run an annual four-day course on Agent-based Modelling for the Social Scientist, January 2014-2017.
Corinna teaches Criminological Theories, Evaluation Research and Evidence Based Policy, Agent-based Modelling for the Social Scientist and Complexity Social Science. She has taught across the curriculum in the past, including courses on media studies and research methods. She is happy to supervise PhDs using interesting and innovative methods.
dynamical systems in general science are presented and the origin of the concept is reconstructed, paying special attention to
social science accounts of self-organization. Then, theoretical and methodological considerations regarding the current
application of the concept and prospective challenges are examined.
Elsenbroich, C. and Payette, N. (under review) Being a Cooperator or Being Cooperative? Contextualised Team Reasoning in Collective Dilemmas, Journal of Choice Modelling.
H Verhagen, C Elsenbroich, K Fällström (2017) Modelling Contextual Decision-Making in Dilemma Games, Advances in Social Simulation, 121-127
Elsenbroich, C. and Neumann, M. (eds.) (2017) Social Dimensions of Organised Crime, Special Issue in Trends in Organised Crime, Springer. Vol. 20, No. 1-2.
Elsenbroich, C. (2017) The Addio Pizzo Movement: Exploring Social Change using Agent-based Modelling. Trends in Organized Crime, Springer, Vol.20, No.1.
Elsenbroich, C. (2016) Social Simulation and Online Research Methods, In: N. G. Fielding, R. M. Lee and G. Blank, The SAGE Handbook of Online Research Methods, 2nd Edition, Sage.
Elsenbroich, C. and Badham, J. (2016) The Extortion Relationship: A Computational Analysis. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 19 (4) 8.
Elsenbroich, C., Anzola, D. and Gilbert, N. (ed.) (2016) Social Dimensions of Organised Crime, Springer.
Nardin, L.G., Andrighetto, G., Conte, R., Szekely, A., Anzola, D., Elsenbroich, C., Lotzmann, U., Neumann, M., Punzo, V., Troitzsch, K. G. (2016) Simulating Dynamics of Extortion Racket Systems: A Sicilian Mafia Case Study. Journal of Autonomous Agents and Multi-Agent Systems, Springer.
Elsenbroich, C. and Verhagen, H. (2016) The Simplicity of Complex Agents: A Contextual Action Framework for Computational Agents. Mind & Society, Volume 15, Issue 1 p. 131-143.
Gilbert, N., Anzola, D., Johnson, P., Elsenbroich, C., Balke, T., Dilaver, O., (2015) Self-Organizing Dynamical Systems. In: James D. Wright (editor-in- chief), International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition, Vol 21. Oxford:Elsevier. pp. 529 - 534.
Dykstra, P., Jager, W., Elsenbroich, C., de Lavalette, G. R. and Verbrugge, R. (2015) An Agent-based Dialogical Model with Fuzzy Attitudes. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. Volume 18, Issue 3.
Elsenbroich, C. (2014) It Takes Two to Tango: We-Intentionality and the Dynamics of Social Norms. In: M. Xenitidou and B. Edmonds The Com- plexity of Social Norms. Springer.
Elsenbroich, C. and Gilbert, N., (2013) Modelling Norms, Springer.
Dykstra, P., Elsenbroich, C., Jager, W., de Lavalette, G. R. and Verbrugge, R. (2013) Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is: DIAL, A Dialogical Model for Opinion Dynamics. Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. Volume 16, Issue 3.
Elsenbroich, C. (2012) Explanation in Agent-Based Modelling: Functions, Causality or Mechanisms? Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simula- tion. Volume 15, Issue 3, page 1.