COALESCE LAB

Laboratory for the Computational Analysis of Egonetworks, Social Cohesion, and Exclusion

I am proud to announce the newly founded COALESCE Lab, a research lab dedicated to studying processes of social cohesion, polarization, and exclusion from a social network perspective. While these processes are fundamentally relational, they are often studied on an individual level, or on the basis of social media networks. The COALESCE Lab aims to contribute to international research on these processes by focusing in-depth on the everyday relationships among citizens and their societal consequences. It thus aims to connect micro-level relationships to individual and macro-level outcomes.

To do so, the COALESCE Lab conducts mixed-methods research: it has a strong core of computational analysis on network patterns, but also adds qualitative analysis on the meaning of these patterns for individuals and the causal mechanisms underlying their emergence, and agent-based modeling and simulation to study possible macro-level outcomes in more depth. Although the lab is formally embedded in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the UAB, it aims to be an interdisciplinary environment.

The lab was founded to unite the members working on the different projects about social networks and cohesion, polarization, and exclusion, to create synergies and collaboration. So far, we have offered six jobs to early career scholars (see the "job opportunities" section). We are also happy to host academic visitors and PhD students, postdocs, and researchers who wish to join the lab with external grants if their research topics closely align with that of the lab (see the "job opportunities" section for possible grants).

The lab will soon have its own web.

TEAM

Miranda J. Lubbers


Director of the COALESCE LabAssociate Professor
mirandajessica.lubbers@uab.cat

Michał Bojanowski


Researcher, UAB and Kozminski University, Warsaw; ERC project PATCHWORK
mbojanowski@kozminski.edu.pl

Alejandro Ciordia Morandeira


Postdoctoral researcher, political sociologist, Volkswagen Foundation project
alejandro.ciordia@uab.cat

Karla Nahuelpan Sánchez


PhD student, predoctoral grant holder of ANID, Chile
karlapaz.nahuelpan@uab.cat

Yunsub Lee


Postdoctoral researcher, sociologist, ERC project PATCHWORK

Sigrún Valsdóttir


PhD student, international joint doctorate, UAB and University of Iceland (predoctoral grant holder of the University of Iceland).
siv11@hi.is

Lara Désirée Brinker


PhD student
larabrinker26@googlemail.com

Julie Green


PhD student
juligreen92@gmail.com

Zhiyi Jin


PhD student, ERC project PATCHWORK

Núria Targarona Rifà


PhD student, RC project PATCHWORK

Nigel van Herwijnen


PhD student, RC project PATCHWORK

Encarna Poncela Fernández


Project manager PATCHWORK project
encarna.poncela@uab.cat

current and former VISITORS


Alexi Quintana Mathé


PhD student, Lazer Lab- Network Science Institute, Northeastern University, US
quintana.alexi@gmail.com
January - September 2022

Eva Jaspers


Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology, University of Utrecht, the Netherlands
e.jaspers@uu.nl
October 2021 - March 2022