Affiliated Researcher

Peter Hedström

Peter Hedström

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.