Professor Nigel Gilbert is a computational social scientist with a background in engineering. His approach to understanding society is to apply the rigour and tools of science and engineering to social scientific issues, using computational methods. He was one of the first to use agent-based models in the social sciences, in the early 1990s, and has since published widely on the methodology underlying computer modelling, and on the application of simulation for applied problems such as understanding commercial innovation, managing environmental resources such as energy and water, and supporting public policy decision-making.
Corinna's 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. Her research interests are decision mechanisms, in particular collective decision-making, context dependency of decisions and methodological and epistemological aspects of agent-based modelling and social simulation. She has applied collective decision making to the analysis to the weakening of the Mafia in Southern Italy within the GLODERS project and published a book Modelling Norms, co-authored with Nigel Gilbert, providing a systematic analysis of the contribution of agent-based modelling to the study of social norms and deviant behaviour.
Kelly Boazman joined CECAN in September 2017 as the Centre’s Impact Manager, having spent ten years working in various research-related roles at the University of Surrey. Before joining CECAN, Kelly was the Director of Operations for Industrial Doctorates in the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, where she established a first-of-its-kind industrial doctorate programme entirely funded by industry. She is a qualified PRINCE2 Practitioner and holds a first degree in French Studies from the University of London Institute in Paris and a Postgraduate Certificate in Social Research Methods from the University of Surrey.
Karen McKeogh has worked closely with businesses and entrepreneurs for over 25 years. Before joining CECAN Karen worked with small business owners, helping them translate their business ideas into viable businesses. Applying a collaborative and practical approach Karen has designed and implemented operational systems and processes to support the purpose, vision, culture and goals of small businesses and their products and services.