Karsten Donnay will give a talk on "Modelling the Subnational Risk of Acute Malnutrition in Conflict-Affected Settings" presenting a joint research project on malnutrition early warning with the NGO "Action Against Hunger", the Graduate Institute Geneva, University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University.Weiterlesen
I am Assistant Professor of Computational Social Science in the Department of Politics and Public Administration. Previously I was a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of International Relations & Political Science at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, and the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland, USA. In 2014, I completed my PhD in the team of Prof. Dirk Helbing (ETH Zürich). My external PhD advisers were Prof. Ravi Bhavnani (Graduate Institute, Geneva) and Prof. Scott E. Page (University of Michigan).
In my research, I combine a substantive interest in political science with the development and refinement of quantitative methodologies for social science research. I have worked on topics related to political communication dynamics and social influence online, but also on the micro-foundation of conflict and terrorism as well as urban violence and crime. The projects I pursue aim to address substantive and policy-relevant questions using micro-level data and state-of-the-art quantitative methodology. This includes statistical methods for the analysis of data gleamed from digital media as well as computational (agent-based) modeling and the analysis of highly-resolved geographical data. I have also developed a number of software packages for data analysis and visualization that are available as open source tools to the research community. For further details on my background, research and ongoing projects, please also visit my personal website.
Micro-foundations of social (interaction) dynamics:
social influence through traditional and online media media bias and its influence on collective decision making political instability and conflict malnutrition prediction and early warning
Advanced quantitative methodology:
statistical analysis of micro-level data on social processes large-scale data processing and big data analytics causal inference in spatiotemporal data geospatial analysis and geographic information systems (GIS) (agent-based) computational modeling
|since 11/2016||Assistant Professor of Computational Social Science, Department of Politics and Public Administration, University of Konstanz|
|2010 - 2014||Postdoctoral Researcher, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland|
|2015 - 2016||Visiting Lecturer, Department of International Relations & Political Science, Graduate Institute Geneva|
|2014 - 2016||Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of International Relations & Political Science, Graduate Institute Geneva|
|2014 - 2015||Postdoctoral Researcher, Department of Humanities, Social and Political Science, Chair of Computational Social Science, ETH Zürich|
|2010 - 2014||Dr. sc., Department of Humanities, Social and Political Science, Chair of Computational Social Science, ETH Zürich|
|2008 - 2009||Dipl.-Phys., Department of Physics, TU München|
|2007 - 2008||Graduate Studies, Department of Physics, McGill University|
|2004 - 2007||Undergraduate Studies, Department of Physics and Mathematics, TU München|
Felix Hamborg, Karsten Donnay and Bela Gipp. (2018). Automated Identification of Media Bias in News Articles: An Interdisciplinary Literature Review. International Journal on Digital Libraries DOI: 10.1007/s00799-018-0261-y
Seth Frey, Karsten Donnay, Dirk Helbing, Robert W. Sumner and Maarten W. Bos. (2018). The Rippling Dynamics of Valenced Messages in Naturalistic Youth Chat. Behavior Research Methods, doi: 10.3758/s13428-018-1140-6.
Karsten Donnay. (2017). Big Data for Monitoring Political Instability. International Development Policy 8.1 (Online).
Viktoria Spaiser, Thomas Chadefaux, Karsten Donnay, Fabian Russmann and Dirk Helbing. (2017). Communication Power Struggles on Social Media: A Case Study of the 2011-12 Russian Protests. Journal of Information Technology & Politics 14(2): 132–153.
Dirk Helbing, Dirk Brockmann, Thomas Chadefaux, Karsten Donnay, Ulf Blanke, Olivia Woolley-Meza, Mehdi Moussaid, Anders Johansson, Jens Krause, Sebastian Schutte and Matjaz Perc. (2015). Saving Human Lives: What Complexity Science and Information Systems can Contribute. Journal of Statistical Physics 158(3): 735–781.
Ravi Bhavnani, Karsten Donnay, Dan Miodownik, Maayan Mor and Dirk Helbing. (2014). Group Segregation and Urban Violence. American Journal of Political Science 58(1): 226–245 [received the AJPS Best Article Award 2015].
Sebastian Schutte and Karsten Donnay. (2014). Matched wake analysis: Finding causal relationships in spatiotemporal event data. Political Geography 41: 1–10 [R package].
Karsten Donnay and Vladimir Filimonov. (2014). Views to a war: systematic differences in media and military reporting of the war in Iraq. EPJ Data Science 3:25.
Matjaz Perc, Karsten Donnay and Dirk Helbing. (2013). Understanding Recurrent Crime as System-Immanent Collective Behavior. PLoS ONE 8(10):e76063.
Ravi Bhavnani and Karsten Donnay. (2012). Here’s Looking at You: The Arab Spring and Violence in Gaza, Israel and the West Bank. Swiss Political Science Review 18(1): 124–131.
Contributions to Books
Karsten Donnay, Andrew M. Linke, and Ravi Bhavnani. (2017). Generalizing Findings from Micro-Level Research on Peace and Conflict: Challenges and Solutions. In David Backer, Ravi Bhavnani, and Paul Huth (eds.) Peace and Conflict 2017. New York, NY: Routledge.
Karsten Donnay and Ravi Bhavnani. (2016). The Cutting Edge of Research on Peace and Conflict. In David A. Backer, Ravi Bhavnani, and Paul K. Huth (eds.) Peace and Conflict 2016. New York, NY: Routledge, p. 4–18.
Karsten Donnay, Elena Gadjanova and Ravi Bhavnani. (2014). Disaggregating Conflict by Actors, Time, and Location. In David A. Backer, Paul K. Huth, and Jonathan Wilkenfeld (eds.) Peace and Conflict 2014. New York, NY: Routledge, p. 44–56.
Karsten Donnay. (2015). Why interdisciplinary research enriches the study of crime Comment on ‘Statistical physics of crime: A review.’ by M.R. D’Orsogna and M. Perc. Physics of Life Reviews 12: 26–27.
Karsten Donnay. (2014). Disaggregating Civil Conflict: Theoretical, Methodological and Empirical Contributions. PhD Thesis, ETH Zurich doi:10.3929/ethz-a-010259246.