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Cailin O'Connor (UCI): Evolving Collaborative Networks

Date and time

Tue, 15/08/2017 - 15:30 - 17:30


Coombs Seminar Room A

Philosophers of science have recently argued that the structure of scientific networks matters to scientific progress.  But where do these networks come from?  In this talk, I discuss how social norms of collaboration and resource division might influence scientists' choices about who to collaborate with.  In particular, drawing on joint work with Hannah Rubin, I show how discriminatory norms might lead to homophilic networks - those where individuals tend to collaborate with those like themselves.  I discuss the fit of these models to related empirical work, possible interventions, and implications for science.

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