Dr. Martin Neumann

Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz
Faculty 02: Social Sciences, Media, and Sports
Institute of Sociology
Sociology of Technology and Innovation

Jakob-Welder-Weg 20
55128 Mainz

Philosophicum II, Room 03-309
Tel +49 6131 39-29808
Fax +49 6131 39-26525

Since March 2018, Martin Neumann, PhD, is Research Associate in the team of Sociology of Technology and Innovation, Social Simulation, where he is - amongst other things - involved in the projects CECAN, AI-FORA and AI-NAVI as well as the organization of the FORTHEM Summerschool.

He has studied philosophy, mathematics, and social sciences at the University of Osnabrueck, Germany, and obtained a PhD in philosophy in 2002. Subsequently, he worked as lecturer for research methods and philosophy of social sciences at the Department of Social Science at the University of Osnabrueck. Later, he joined the EU-FP 6 framework project EMIL on simulating norm emergence, where he worked at the Uni-versity of Bayreuth, Germany. He was assistant professor for sociological theory at RWTH Aachen Uni-versity and undertook research at the EU-FP 7 project GLODERS, studying the global dynamics of extortion racket systems. Next he became Research Associate and Lecturer at the Jacobs University, Bremen.

Research Interests

  • Sociological theory: social complexity, social norms and institutions, theory of agency, theory of organizations
  • Social Simulation: conceptual modelling, agent based modelling
  • Qualitative data analysis: grounded theory, history of mentalities
  • Quantitative data analysis: statistics, network analysis, text-mining
  • Conflict research: ethnic conflicts, Balkan
  • Criminology: organized crime, extortion
  • Epistemology: philosophy of social sciences, philosophy of social simulation, history and sociology of knowledge, philosophy of probability theory

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  • Invited talk at the Routledge book workshop "Exploring organizational cocgnition", Salgesle, Jan. 23-24, 2020
  • Invitation to the second workshop in integrating qualitative and quantitative evidence using social simulation. Center for policy modelling, Machester Metropolitan University, UK, Nov. 21 - 22, 2019
  • Workshop qual2rule at Social Simulation Conference 2019, Sept. 23-27, 2019
  • Sanction recognition. Presentation at the Social Simulation Conference 2019, Sept. 23-27, 2019
  • Presentation at the second workshop AI-FORA, Berlin, Sept. 2nd. 2019 “Some ethical and meta-ethical considerations on the public AI debate.
  • Presentation at the first workshop AI-FORA, June 12-14, 2019 in Nütschau. “An overview of AI-based social and human assessment”
  • Invited keynote speaker at the workshop “Modelling organizational and institutional complexity”, Bolzano, May 3-4, 2019. “Emergence reconsidered: Computation, computability, and the limits of knowledge.”