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Data Science, Culture & Social Change

The Theme Group Data Science, Culture & Social Change is a multidisciplinary international academic research network in the Research Centre for the Study of Democratic Cultures and Politics (DemCP), University of Groningen, that connects faculty from Harvard University, the University of Groningen, the University of Antioquia and other global leading academic institutions. Members are working at the intersections between Technology, Humanities and Social Sciences. This group aims at providing novel solutions to complex problems that demand collaborative academic work, as defined in the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and the European Commission Missions. We seek to analyze  cultural and political processes by means of methodological and technological innovation. Both our research findings as well as our new methodologies are to advance cultural and educational science and policy-making.

The group will serve as a platform for active collaboration between scholars working within and across different fields (digital humanities, educational innovation, cultural analytics, computational linguistics, discourse analysis, political science, computer science, etc.). Examples of ongoing collaborative projects involving group members include AI-Enabled Feedback for Students and Lecturers; Perusall; Metaphor Automatic Detection; Data Science, Social Mobilization and Interpretative Communities (Converging Horizons). The research group will facilitate dialogue and sharing of best practices across existing projects, as well as fostering the development of research ideas combining technological innovation and new methodologies for the study of culture and society.

We set out to

  • foster top-class international research in a multidisciplinary setting;
  • develop and combine innovative quantitative and qualitative methodologies;
  • collaborate and perform international and interdisciplinary Team Science;
  • find answers to pressing questions on contemporary cultural and political developments in fields such as social conflicts and crises, processes of cultural standardization and uniformity, populism, language policies, and migration, among others;
  • design and implement new technological tools for active learning in higher education;
  • attract funding at international competitive research schemes.

We aim to

  • establish a firm research network between all partners of the group;
  • publish the group findings with leading academic publishing houses and present them at top-class international conferences, symposia and workshops;
  • advise relevant actors in the areas of innovation and research and policymakers worldwide about topics and challenges related to our expertise;
  • propose innovative solutions to face contemporary challenges and to promote work with communities.

Theme Group Members

University of Groningen:

Other universities:

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