Professor Nigel Gilbert
Nigel Gilbert read for a first degree in Engineering, initially intending to go into the computer industry. However, he was attracted into sociology and obtained his doctorate on the sociology of scientific knowledge from the University of Cambridge, under the supervision of Michael Mulkay. His research and teaching interests have reflected his continuing interest in both sociology and computer science (and engineering more widely).
His main research interests are processual theories of social phenomena, the development of computational sociology and the methodology of computer simulation, especially agent-based modelling. He is Director of the Centre for Research in Social Simulation.
He is also Director of the University's Institute of Advanced Studies and responsible for its development as a centre for intellectual interchange.
He is the author or editor of several textbooks on sociological methods of research and statistics and was the founding editor of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation.
Further details about Nigel Gilbert may be found in Wikipedia
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Computational social science, sociology of science and science policy, innovation, sociology of the environment, energy policy, the use of models in the policy process.
Postgraduate research supervision
Nigel Gilbert is interested in supervising doctoral students wishing to study innovative ways of using computational models in the social sciences, and interdisciplinary topics bridging engineering (especially computer science) and the social sciences. For more more details about PhDs in CRESS, please go to: https://www.surrey.ac.uk/department-sociology/study/postgraduate-research
Agent-Based Models (Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences), 2008, Sage Publications.
Researching Social Life, fourth edition, 2016, edited by Nigel Gilbert and Paul Stoneman, Sage Publications.
Simulation for the Social Scientist, second edition 2005, Nigel Gilbert and Klaus G. Troitzsch, Open University Press (also available in Japanese, Russian and Spanish).
Understanding Social Statistics, 2000, Jane Fielding and Nigel Gilbert, Sage Publications.
From Postgraduate to Social Scientist: A Guide to Key Skills (Sage Study Skills Series) 2006, Sage Publications.
Opening Pandora's Box, available online (2003), Cambridge University Press, 1984.