Nigel Van Herwijnen

PhD student in Social Anthropology and Sociology

Research interests Social networks
Agent-based modelling
Computational Social Science

I am a PhD researcher under cotutelle between the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Autonomous University of Barcelona and the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Milan (Behave Lab). I am involved in the ERC-funded project called "A network science approach to social cohesion in European societies" (PATCHWORK), in which we study the effects of individual acquaintanceships on social cohesion in a nation-scale population. In this interdisciplinary project, I complement my fellow researchers with my expertise in agent-based modelling. 

My research interests lie in collective social phenomena that emerge from the beliefs and behavior of individuals in the human population. In the PATCHWORK project, I am studying what makes a society have trust in its own members, and how this is related to different ways that individuals build trust in their social relationships. After having completed a bachelor's in Physics and Astronomy and a master's in Computational Science at the University of Amsterdam, I believe I can be a bridge between fields in an interdisciplinary team.


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    CROWDING AS A RELIABLE AND SCALABLE PREDICTOR OF SOCIAL DISTANCING COMPLIANCE: EXPLORING THE BENEFITS OF SURVEILLANCE FOOTAGE AND COMPUTER VISION Liebst, Lasse Suonperä, Bernasco, Wim, Ejbye-Ernst, Peter, van der Veen, Thomas, Koelma, Dennis, Snoek, Cees, Lindegaard, Marie Rosenkrantz, Van Herwijnen, N. (2023). JMIR Preprints. Prepint
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    ONE YEAR OF SOCIAL DISTANCING BEHAVIOR ON THE STREETS OF AMSTERDAM Bernasco, W., Suonperä Liebst, L., Van der Veen, T., Van Herwijnen, N., Appelman, J., Thomas, J., Bijleveld, K., Koelma, D., Ejbye-Ernst, P., Hoeben, E., Snoek, C., Rosenkrantz Lindegaard, M. (2022). Preprints NSCR. Preprint