Andreas Flache

Tel: (+31) 50/3636214 
Fax: (+31) 50/3636226 
Email: a dot flache at rug dot nl  

Department of Sociology

University of Groningen 
Grote Rozenstraat 31 
9712 TG Groningen 
   The Netherlands 




Last Update: October 3, 2018

Welcome to my homepage. I am professor of sociology at the Department of Sociology and the ICS, at Faculty for Social and Behavioral Sciences of the University of Groningen. I study in particular modeling of norms and networks.

My main research addresses social integration, cooperation problems, social networks and learning theory. For this, I apply agent-based computational and game theoretical modeling, laboratory experiments, network research, survey research and various other methods. I am a member of the consortium of the NWO-financed gravity program SCOOP, a major effort to study sustainable cooperation in families, communities and organizations from a range of different disciplinary perspectives, launched in 2017 (PI: Rafael Wittek). My work has been published in social science journals like American Journal of Sociology, Journal of Conflict Resolution, or Organization Science, but also in multidisciplinary journals like the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences or Science and specialized journals like PloS Computational Biology, Sociology of Education, Rationality and Society, or Journal of Mathematical Sociology.

My research is embedded in the research program of the ICS (Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology), a research and training center accredited by the Royal Academy of Sciences (KNAW). Until September 1, 2016,  I was director of studies (opleidingsdirecteur) of the  Bachelor- and Master program Sociology at the University of Groningen, and head of the department of Sociology.

Here you can find my CV with a complete overview of my publications and other activities in research, teaching and the scientific community in general:

Curriculum Vitae / list of publications


Here you find my google scholar profile




ORA-project “Towards Realistic Computational Models of Social Influence Dynamics (ToRealSim)” funded (main applicant Flache)

New paper in Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (September 2018) "Between Monoculture and Cultural Polarization" Andreas Flache.

New paper in JASSS (November 2017) "Models of Social Influence: Towards the Next Frontiers" (with Mäs, Feliciani, Chattoe-Brown, Deffuant, Huet & LorenzHHuet).

Invited speaker @ workshop "Discrete Models of Complex Systems", Orleans, France. March 19-21, 2018

New paper in International Journal of Intercultural Relations (January 2018) "Sojourners’ second language learning and integration." (Van Niejenhuis, Otten & FlacheHHuet).

New paper in Higher Education (December 2017 ) "Emergent achievement segregation in freshmen learning community networks." (Brouwer, Flache, Jansen, Hofman & Steglich).

New paper in Sociological Science (November 2017) “Global Diversity and Local Consensus in Status Beliefs” (Grow, Flache & Wittek).

Invited speaker @ Econophys-2017 & Asia Pacific Econophysics Conference (APEC)-2017, New Delhi, India, November 15-18.

New paper (2017) "The double-edge of counter-sanctions" (with Dieko Bakker, Michael Mäs and Jacob Dijkstra) in "SOCIAL DILEMMAS, INSTITUTIONS, AND THE EVOLUTION OF COOPERATION" (eds. Ben Jann, Wojtek Przepiorka)

Invited lecturer @ Summer School on Complex Socio-Technical Systems. IFISC, Palma de Mallorca September 4-8, 2017.

Invited speaker @ Interdisciplinary Workshop on Opinion Dynamics and Collective Decision 2017 (ODCD2017), July 5-7, 2017 @ Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.

My ODCD2017 paper is now available in

New paper (2017) "How, When and Where Can Spatial Segregation Induce Opinion Polarization? Two Competing Models." (Feliciani, Flache, Tolsma) in Journal of Artifical Societies and Social Simulation (JASSS).

First annual NPCS Conference 10th of March 2017 – “Shaping the Future of Complexity Science in The Netherlands” (Keynote speaker).

Check out our recent (2017) GPIR paper on “The Relation between Ethnic Classroom Composition and Adolescents' Ethnic Pride.

Check out our recent PloS One paper “Discrepancy and Disliking Do Not Induce Negative Opinion Shifts”.

Check out the recent Science paper “Complexity Theory and Financial Regulation” that I co-authored. … Related comments and response: letter by Ruhl, letter by Witzling, responses.


Further links of interest:

Conference Social Simulation 2018, Stockholm, Sweden, August 20-24.

Social Informatics 2017, 13-15 September 2017, Oxford UK.

Research profile on my official university website.

My research group “Norms and Networks” (NNC)

Groningen Center for Social Complexity Studies

Talks in the Groningen Sociology Colloquium