Medarbejdere

SODAS steering committee

Morten Axel Pedersen. Photo: Kelton Minor

Morten Axel Pedersen is Director of SODAS, academic director of the new M.Sc. in Social Data Science program at UCPH,  and Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen. After having spent two decades doing ethnographic research in Mongolia, Russia and China, Morten has for the last five years been working in and on Denmark. As one of founding members of SODAS, he has participated in numerous social data science projects, data-sprints, experiments and publications. He is the PI of the ERC Advanced Grant research project DISTRACT: The Political Economy of Attention in Digitized Denmark.

Social Data Science Skills: Quali-Quantitative Methods, Data Ethics, Social Data Theory, Computational Anthropology

SODAS projects:Critical Algorithm Lab (CALL), DISTRACTThe Dynamics of Political Discourse and Attention during the COVID-19 outbreakCOVID-19 Snapshot MOnitoring in Denmark (COSMO Denmark)

SODAS courses: Data Governance: Ethics, Law and Politics

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Rebecca Adler-NissenRebecca Adler-Nissen is Deputy Director of SODAS and Professor in Political Science with a focus on international relations and diplomacy in the digital age. She directs DIPLOFACE exploring the relationship between confidential negotiations and public display (funded by the ERC) and Digital Disinformation exploring the spread and impact of online misinformation (funded by the Carlsberg Foundation).

Social Data Science Skills: Digital political science, practice and affordance methodologies, the relationship between off-line and online worlds, digital mis- and disinformation.

SODAS projects: DIPLOFACE, Digital Disinformation, HOPE

ran@sodas.ku.dk
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Andreas Bjerre NielsenAndreas Bjerre-Nielsen is Head of Studies at the MSc. Social Data Sicence and Assistant Professor at Department of Economics and SODAS. His research spans from investigating social networks and school matching to using Big Data for analyzing human mobility.

Social Data Science Skills: Machine learning in econometrics, Network modelling, Spatial data

SODAS courses: Introduction to Social Data Science 2020,Social Data Science: Econometrics and Machine Learning

SODAS projects: Social FabricNation-scale social networks

abn@sodas.ku.dk
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Sune Lehmann. Photo: Kelton MinorSune Lehmann is a Professor of Complexity and Network Science at the Technical University of Denmark. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Sociology at the University of Copenhagen. Sune's work focuses on understanding data generated by human beings. A physicist by training, his work is quantitatively based, drawing on methods from statistical physics, network science, and machine learning.

Social Data Science Skills: Machine Learning, Data Analysis, Network analysis, Complex systems  

SODAS projects:  Microdynamics of Influence in Social Systems, Social Fabric, HOPE, Nation-scale social networks, HOPE

sljo@dtu.dk
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Anders Blok. Photo: Kelton MinorAnders Blok is Associate Professor in Sociology. He works on issues of urban sustainability, including via digital methods, as well as on new quali-quantitative digital data methodologies.

Social Data Science Skills: Digital methods, Quali-quantitative methodologies, Science & technology studies (STS), Data infrastructures and politics

SODAS projects: Critical Algorithm Lab (CALL)Cross-national dynamics of risk-related attitudes on social mediaThe Dynamics of Political Discourse and Attention during the COVID-19 outbreakDISTRACT

SODAS courses: Social Data Science Base Camp

abl@sodas.ku.dk

Robert Böhm. Photo: Kelton MinorRobert Böhm  is a Professor of Applied Social Psychology and Behavioral Science at the University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on human behavior in various social interactions, such as in intergroup conflict and violence, health behavior, and human-computer interaction.

Social Data Science Skills: surveys and experiments, economics and psychology of online behavior and human-computer interaction

SODAS projects: COVID-19 Snapshot MOnitoring in Denmark (COSMO Denmark)

SODAS courses: Elementary Social Data Science

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Professors

David DreyerDavid Dreyer Lassen is Prorector of research at the University of Copenhagen and professor of Economics. He is currently the Chairman of the Independent Research Fund Denmark, and has received a Sapere Aude Research Leader grant (2011-5), an ERC Consolidator Grant (2013-7), and a 2016 Elite Researcher Award from the Danish Ministry of Education and Research. Most recently, he is co-PI of the ERC Advanced Grant project DISTRACT and the co-recipient of a Villum Synergy Grant.

Social Data Science Skills: Combining big data and register data, data law and ethics, machine learning in the social sciences, quasi-experiments in social big data

SODAS projects: Mass Politics and Social Media, Social Fabric, Nation-scale social networks
SODAS courses: Introduction to Social Data Science 2020, Advanced Social Data Science 1, Data Governance: Law, Ethics and PoliticsCOVID-19 Snapshot MOnitoring in Denmark (COSMO Denmark)

david.dreyer.lassen@sodas.ku.dk
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Søren Kyllingsbæk is Professor in Cognitive Psychology at the University of CoSoeren Kyllingsbaekpenhagen. His main research fields are attention, cognitive control, and cognitive modeling.  

 

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Assistant Professors

Frederik Hjorth. Photo: Kelton MinorFrederik Georg Hjorth is Assistant Professor at the UCPH’s Department of Political Science. His research focuses on public opinion and voter behavior. His methodological work revolves around the analysis of unstructured data. Before taking up his position as Assistant Professor, Frederik was a postdoc in the Digital Disinformation project.

Social Data Science Skills: Text as data, Combining survey and register data, Twitter data, Machine learning in the social sciences

SODAS projects: What do the Danes think, know and mean about the Corona Epidemic?The Dynamics of Political Discourse and Attention during the COVID-19 outbreak

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Kristoffer Albris. Photo: Kelton MinorKristoffer Albris is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology and SODAS. His research focuses on climate adaptation, disaster politics, crisis informatics, digital ethnography, data governance and attention in the digital age.

Social Data Science Skills: Digital ethnography, digital methods, text as data, data ethics, GDPR

SODAS projects: Data Governance after GDPR, DISTRACT

SODAS courses: Data Governance: Ethics, Law and Politics

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Friedolin Merhout. Photo: Kelton MinorFriedolin Merhout is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology. He uses computational and experimental methods to examine intergroup relations such as between immigrants and natives, political partisans, or religious groups. His research leverages digital trace, text, survey, and administrative data.

Social Data Science Skills: Online experiments, statistical disclosure control, text as data, web scraping (browser automation and APIs).

SODAS projects: The Dynamics of Political Discourse and Attention during the COVID-19 outbreakCOVID-19 Snapshot MOnitoring in Denmark (COSMO Denmark)

SODAS courses: Social Data Science Base CampElementary Social Data Science

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Gregory Eady, 140x174Gregory Eady is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. His substantive research agenda focuses on political behavior on social media, and his methodological work on developing quantitative methods and software for analyzing social media and public opinion survey data.

Social Data Science Skills: Social media data analysis, scaling and measurement, machine learning for the social sciences

SODAS courses: Elementary Social Data Science

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Samantha Breslin. Photo: Kelton MinorSamantha Breslin is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology. Her research centres the production of norms and values in and through computing and data cultures and technologies, particularly in relation to political economy and gender.

Social Data Science Skills: Feminist technology studies, Data ethics, Ethnography of computing cultures, Human computer interaction.

SODAS courses: Digital IdentitiesSocial Data Science Base Camp

SODAS projects: The Dynamics of Political Discourse and Attention during the COVID-19 outbreak

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Hjalmar Carlsen. Photo: Kelton MinorHjalmar Alexander Bang Carlsen works in the intersection between social data science, political sociology and pragmatism. He has 2 main projects 1) activists patterns of engagement 2) methodological issues within quantitative and qualitative text analysis, and especially their  combination.

Social Data Science Skills: Text Methodology, Digital Mixed Methods, Interactionism, Social Media

SODAS courses: Digital Methods: From Ethnography to Supervised Machine Learning, Re-tooling Social Analysis: Behaviors, Networks, Ideas in the digital age 

SODAS projects: Solidarity and Volunteering in the Corona CrisisThe Dynamics of Political Discourse and Attention during the COVID-19 outbreakCOVID-19 Snapshot MOnitoring in Denmark (COSMO Denmark)

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Postdoctoral Researchers

Anna Sapienza is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Copenhagen Center for Social Data Science (SODAS). Her research is focused on modelling human behaviour in online social environments, e.g., online social networks, mobile applications, and games, through the analysis of high-dimensional data.

Social Data Science Skills: Online Social Behaviour, Machine Learning, Data Analysis, Social Network Analysis

SODAS projects: DISTRACT

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Patrice Wangen, Photo: Kelton Ray MinorPatrice Wangen is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Political Science. His research focuses on political media analysis, diplomacy, and international responses to armed conflicts. He is particularly interested in the methodological intersection between post-structuralist discourse theory and computational social science.

Social Data Science Skills: Quantitative Text Analysis, Web-Scraping, Machine Learning in the Social Sciences, Twitter data, Discourse Theory

SODAS projects: DIPLOFACE

patrice.wangen@sodas.ku.dk

Kristin Eggeling. Photo: Kelton MinorKristin Anabel Eggeling is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Political Science at the University of Copenhagen. Her research interests are in practice theory, identity politics, diplomacy, interpretive methods and methodologies, ethnography, and fieldwork in International Relations. She currently works on an ERC-funded research project led by Prof Rebecca Adler-Nissen on diplomatic practices in the European Union.

Social Data Science Skills: Digital International Relations, ethnographic and interpretive analysis of digital data, practice methodologies

SODAS projects: DIPLOFACE

kristin.eggeling@sodas.ku.dk
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Helene Willadsen. Photo: Kelton MinorHelene Willadsen is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Department of Economics and SODAS. Her research focuses on investigating preference development in childhood, intergenerational transmission of preferences and gender differences related to preferences and educational choices. 

Social Data Science Skills: Field Experiments, Surveys, Preferences of children, combining survey and register data

SODAS projects: DISTRACT

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Anna Rogers is a Postdoctoral Researcher at SODAS. Her main research area is Natural Language Processing. She works on interpretability and evaluation of deep learning models, as well as their applications in computational social science.

Social Data Science Skills: natural language processing, computational linguistics, Russian social media

arogers@sodas.ku.dk 

Snorre Frid-Nielsen is a Postdoctoral Researcher at SODAS. Snorre is a Data Steward at the SODAS DataLab, where he is responsible for building social data science research capacity at the Faculty of Social Sciences. His tasks include assisting the faculty with various social data science tasks, from web scraping to automated content analysis, as well as facilitating collaboration across department and faculty boundaries. Snorre's research concerns the use of machine learning and big data to understand and predict behavior in a public policy context, with an emphasis on algorithmic fairness and transparency.

Social data science skills: Recommender Systems, Quantitative Text Analysis, Supervised and Unsupervised Machine Learning; Algorithmic Fairness and Transparency; Network Analysis

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Snorre RalundSnorre Ralund is a Data Steward at the SODAS DataLab, where he is responsible for building social data science research capacity at the Faculty of Social Sciences. His tasks include assisting the faculty with various social data science tasks, from web scraping to automated content analysis, as well as facilitating collaboration across department and faculty boundaries. 

Social Data Science Skills: Webscraping (both APIs and parsing of HTML Text as data, Machine Learning, Social Network Analysis, High resolution sensor data

jser@econ.ku.dk

PhD Students

Kristoffer Pade Glavind. Photo: Kelton MinorKristoffer Pade Glavind is PhD student in Economics and Social Data Science. He has an education in journalism and has been working as economic advisor in the Danish parliament. Kristoffer researchs in social networks using digital methods.

Social Data Science Skills: Machine Learning in econometrics, Human Computer Interaction, Combining big data and register Data, Data Analysis 

 

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Asger Andersen. Photo: Kelton MinorAsger Andersen is a PhD student at SODAS. His research interests include social network dynamics and machine learning methods for causal inference. He holds a master’s degree in Statistics from UCPH.

Social Data Science Skills: Machine learning for causal inference, social network dynamics, large scale data analysis, web scraping.

asa@sodas.ku.dk 

Yangliu Fan. Photo: Kelton MinorYangliu Fan is a PhD student at SODAS. She holds a BSc and a MA. Her proposed PhD work investigates the use of social media data in social science research.

Social Data Science Skills: Media studies, Social science, Mixed methods, Data analysis.

yangliufan@sodas.ku.dk 

Thyge Enggaard is a PhD student at SODAS, and holds a Master degree in Economics from Aarhus University. His research interests includes the application of machine learning to study social relations, as well as how to combine this with qualitative methods.

Social Data Science Skills: Machine learning, statistical modelling, large scale data analysis

SODAS projects: The Dynamics of Political Discourse and Attention during the COVID-19 outbreak

thyge.enggaard@sodas.ku.dk 

Emil Chrisander. Photo: Kelton MinorEmil Chrisander inspect traditional economic problems through the lenses of machine learning and data mining. His current work seeks to reduce dropout at higher education by implementing AI.

Social Data Science Skills: Applied machine learning, Educational Economics, Mechanism Design, and Data Mining

emil.chrisander@econ.ku.dk

Kelton Minor. Photo: Kelton MinorKelton Ray Minor is a PhD student at SODAS and has an MSc in human environment relations from Cornell University. His research examines the human effects of changes in technology and the environment, in order to inform policy, planning and design. Key interests include: climate change impacts, human adaptation, environmental perception, attention and learning.

Social Data Science Skills: Environmental data science, computational social science, geospatial analysis, remote sensing, climate econometrics, environmental psychology, social ecology, data visualization

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Sigga. Photo: Kelton MinorSigriður Svala Jónasdóttir is a PhD student at the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at DTU - Technical University of Denmark.

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Terne Jakobsen. Photo: Kelton MinorTerne Sasha Thorn Jakobsen is a PhD student at SODAS. Her research interests include misinformation, trust in research, generalisation and biases in machine learning, as well as interpretability/transparency hereof. 
Social Data Science Skills: Natural Language Processing, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Large Scale Data Analysis, Behavioural and Social Science.

terne.thorn@sodas.ku.dk  

Eva Iris Otto. Photo: Kelton MinorHow is a political economy of attention turned into markets and economic value? Eva Iris Otto studies how Danish digital companies in the design, coding and sales of digital products transform user-attention into economic value. She studies how digital companies navigate different markets and actors, and how these companies build on a digital infrastructure which they concurrently expand with their products. In that way digital companies form part of the structures that facilitate and shape citizens' everyday interactions with each other, companies and states. The phd forms part of the ERC-funded project DISTRACT. Her study builds on long term ethnographic fieldwork within digital agencies in Denmark and the development of online-offline methods that trace digital work across offline and online situations.

Social Data Science Skills: Ethnography, netnography, Science and Technology studies (STS), development of quantitative ethnographic approaches, computational ethnography.

SODAS projects: DISTRACT 

eio@sodas.ku.dk  

Anna Helene Kvist Møller is a PhD student at SODAS. She has a Masters in Sociology from UCPH. In her research she bridges visual sociology with digital methods to explore how individuals use images to connect, interpret, communicate and to distinguish themselves from or imitate others, on social media platforms.

Social Data Science Skills: Images as data, visual methods, cultural analytics, digital network analysis, computer vision.

SODAS projects: DISTRACTDIPLOFACEDigital Disinformation,

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Nicklas Johansen is a PhD fellow in Social Data Science at University of Copenhagen. His research focuses on social behaviour in democratic states during the COVID-19 epidemic, using methods from economics and data science. He has been studying mobility in relation to governmental trust and estimatation of digital mis- and disinformation. His research is funded by the Carlsberg Foundation as part of the HOPE project.

Social Data Science Skills: Data Mining, Data Analysis, Text as data, Networks, Digital mis- and disinformation.

SODAS projects: HOPE
SODAS courses: Introduction to Social Data Science 2020

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Germans Savčišens is a PhD at DTU Compute. His research focuses on representations of social behaviour and how such representations can be used to project life outcomes (e.g. income, education, health outcomes, unemployment, and etc.). He holds a BSc in Human-Computer Interaction from Aalborg University and a MSc in Human-centered Artificial intelligence from DTU. 

Social Data Science Skills: Machine learning, deep learning, natural language processing and personal data. 

SODAS projects: Nation-scale social networks

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Marie Gram Pietraszek is a PhD student at the Department of Economics, and she holds an MSc in Economics from University of Copenhagen. Marie’s research interests are labor economics, educational economics and public transportation.

Social Data Science Skills: Applied Microeconometrics, Applied Machine Learning, Natural Language Processing, Spatial Data

mgp@econ.ku.dk

Research Assistants

Annika Isfeldt has a background in philosophy and anthropology. Her research focuses on the concept of attention and how green actors fight for political attention during the covid-19 crisis.

Social Data Science Skills: Digital ethnography, text as data, ethics.

SODAS projects: DISTRACTCross-national dynamics of risk-related attitudes on social media

ashi@sodas.ku.dk  

Yevgeniy Golovchenko. Photo: Kelton MinorYevgeniy Golovchenko is a Research Assistant at SODAS and at the Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen. His research interests include online disinformation, politics on social media and social network analysis.

Social Data Science Skills: Social network analysis, Text analysis, Mix methods, Russian social media 

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Administration

Katrine HeroldKatrine Skovdal Herold is Center Administrator at SODAS

katrine.herold@sodas.ku.dk

Louise Marie Lausten is Study Administrator of Social Data Science. 

lml@sodas.ku.dk 

Student Assistants 

Jonas Pedersen. Photo: Kelton MinorJonas Skjold Raaschou-Pedersen, Bachelor Student in Economics.

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Zoe Anna Skoby Burke Photo: Kelton Ray MinorZoe Anna Skovby Burke, Bachelor Student in Sociology

zoeannasb@sodas.ku.dk

Frederik Carl Windfeld, Photo: Kelton Ray MinorFrederik Carl Windfeld, Bachelor Student in Political Science

frederikcw@sodas.ku.dk

Sofie Læbo Astrupgaard Photo: Kelton Ray MinorSofie Læbo Astrupgaard, Master Student in Social Data Science

sofiela@sodas.ku.dk 

Malene Hornstrup Jeppesen Photo: Kelton Ray MinorMalene Hornstrup Jespersen, Master Student in IT and Cognition

malenehj@sodas.ku.dk 

Cathrine Valentin Kjær, Photo: Kelton Ray MinorCathrine Valentin Kjær, Master Student in Political Science

cathrinevk@sodas.ku.dk 

Esben Brøgger Lemminger, Photo: Kelton Ray MinorEsben Brøgger Lemminger, Bachelor Student in Sociology

esbenbl@sodas.ku.dk 

Sara Vera Marjanovic, Master Student in IT and Cognition

saravm@sodas.ku.dk 

Asger Hans Thomsen, Bachelor Student in Sociology

aht@sodas.ku.dk 

Emilie Munch Gregersen. Photo: Kelton MinorEmilie Munch-Gregersen, Master Student in Social Data Science.

emilie.m.gregersen@sodas.ku.dk

Tobias Priesholm Gaardhus, Photo: Kelton Ray MinorTobias Priesholm Gårdhus, Master Student in Sociology. 

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Jonathan Holm Salka, Bachelor Student in Sociology.

jhs@sodas.ku.dk 

Clara Sandbye. Photo: Kelton MinorClara Rosa Sandbye, Master Student in Anthropology

crs@sodas.ku.dk 

Fie Madvig Larsen, Master Student in Public Health Sciencekvinde

fie.madvig.larsen@sodas.ku.dk

SODAS Affiliated

Nete Schwennesen. Photo: Kelton MinorNete Schwennesen is a Postdoctoral Researcher, who studies digital technologies in relation to health and processes of ageing. 

Social Data Science Skills: Digital health, care, algorithmic authority, digital accountability, implementation

SODAS projects: CONNECT: Dementia Care and Digital Technologies, When the physiotherapist goes digital: Physical rehabilitation and new infrastructures of care 

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Simon Westergaard LexSimon Westergaard Lex is a tenure track Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology at the University of Copenhagen. Simon works on sustainable transitions and the design of “smart” urban infrastructures.

SODAS Data Science Skills: Quali-quantitative methods, human-computer interaction, digital infrastructures, social data analysis, interdisciplinary collaboration

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