Professor of Analytical Sociology
I am Professor of Analytical Sociology at the Institute for Analytical Sociology, Linköping University. I am also Senior Research Fellow at Nuffield College in Oxford. Before coming to Linköping I was Director of the Institute for Futures Studies (2011 - 2014), and before that Official Fellow and Professor at Nuffield College, University of Oxford (2003 – 2011).
My research has focused on social networks and their role in explaining various social phenomena. The methodology of the social sciences is another area of interest, and I have been one of the driving forces behind the development of analytical sociology. Current research project focuses on segregation processes.
Three recently published works:
- “Causal mechanisms in organization and innovation studies” (with Karl Wennberg).
Forthcoming in Innovation.
- “Identifying complex dynamics in social systems: A new methodological approach applied
to the case of school segregation” (with Viktoria Spaiser, David Sumpter, Kim Jansson,
and Monica Nordvik). Sociological Methods & Research 44(2): 1-33.
- “The art of representation: How audience-specific reputations affect success in the
contemporary art field” (with Gokhan Ertug, Yonghoon Lee, and Tamar Yogev).
Forthcoming in Academy of Management Journal. 2016. Vol. 59, no 1, 113-134.
Three frequently cited works:
- P. Hedström and P. Ylikoski, 2010. “Causal Mechanisms in the Social Sciences”. Annual Review of Sociology 36, 49-67.
- P. Hedström Dissecting the Social: On the Principles of Analytical Sociology. Cambridge University Press, 2005.
- P. Hedström and R. Swedberg (eds.) Social Mechanisms: An Analytical Approach to Social Theory. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998.