We aim at disseminating the idea of actor-based simulation to a wider audience in the social and behavioral sciences, economics and in particular in social theory. In the first part of the workshop a short hands-on introduction into programming of basic examples of agent-based modeling in NetLogo will be given. In the second part, we discuss contributions in the field of "dynamics of action and social structure". Here, we focus on agent-based models of segregation, network formation and dynamics and the integration of immigrants.
Abstract: This workshop will review the history and the main components of diffusion of innovations theory. How social networks influence behavior change will be presented. The R library NetdiffuseR will be demonstrated but is not necessary for the workshop. The workshop will then present the literature and theory on using network data for program implementation including network interventions. Example data and results are derived from studies across many application areas including tobacco and other substance abuse; family planning and reproductive health; physician behavior; coalitions; policy innovation; lifestyle changes; as well as others.
About person: Tom W. Valente received a B.S. in Mathematics from Mary Washington College, an M.S. in Mass Communication from San Diego State University, and a Ph.D. from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. He spent nine years at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health from 1991 to 2000 conducting research and teaching health communication, program evaluation, and network analysis before moving to the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California. Tom W. Valente uses social networks to conduct research on substance abuse prevention, treatment programs, and on the evaluation of health promotion programs. In addition he uses social networks to understand how policy is developed at the local and global level. He is the author of three books and over one hundred and forty journal articles and book chapters. He is well known for developing the social network threshold diffusion model and for his work on network based interventions to enable behaviour change. His last book was entitled Social Networks and Health, an area he has made his own.
Scientific goals of the conference: The overall aim of the proposed conference is therefore to intentionally foster the development of life course theories and methods. We will accomplish this goal by assembling a group of strategically chosen international experts, and by providing an originally structured forum within which to debate the next era of life course studies and to identify the priorities, gaps, and solutions necessary to advance an ambitious vision. The proceedings and outcomes of the conference will be published in a scientific outlet and disseminated broadly to further stimulate the field.
The first aim of the conference is to identify building blocks and to discuss how they fit in a comprehensive framework that views the life course as a set of complex multidimensional, multilevel, and dynamic processes. Ideas are drawn from the social sciences and from other disciplines studying human lives from their multidimensional, multilevel and temporal perspectives. A multidisciplinary framework requires significant fertilization across disciplines and fields.
The second aim of the conference is to survey and assess the most innovative quantitative and qualitative methodical tools of life course research, especially those that will yield knowledge that will advance theories of life course processes. Such theories are ambitious and make great demands of empirical research. The methodical challenges involved in modelling complex processes are far from being mastered in contemporary research. One challenge in this field is how to combine standardized and