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My scientific background is in the modelling and simulation of biological systems. I started my academic career as a geneticist (BSc Genetics University of Nottingham, UK) and quickly realised that it was the modelling aspects of this field that I was most interested in, for example the modelling of drift and selection in populations. I then went on to study for an MSc Information Processing (University of York, UK) and eventually did a PhD in Computational Biology (University of York, UK). Over time, my interest in modelling social systems also developed. Now as a lecturer in Operations Management and Business Analytics my research still combines aspects of modelling and simulation, along with the analysis of complex or difficult data.
My research interests are focused around applying systems theory, complex systems theory, and network analysis techniques to a wide range of problems, largely focused on the processing of information. Combined with modelling and simulation techniques, I am interested in what the analysis of information can tell us about how organisations and society works. I am also interested in the power of information and its consequences for our privacy and liberty.
I am also visitor at the Institute of Hazards, Risk and Resilience (IHRR, https://www.dur.ac.uk/ihrr/) in Durham University working on the Tipping Points project, and a member of the York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis (University of York UK, http://www.york.ac.uk/yccsa/).
Personal website: http://www.prgarnett.net
Complexity Theory, Network Analysis and Big Data:
I am a researcher on the Tipping Points Project funded by the Leverhulme Trust and based at Durham University. My area of work, with my colleagues in Work Package 4, is mainly focused on how something becomes popular in a social system. What makes something become universal, popular or trendy? This is often difficult to understand and predict, particularly if there is seemingly little difference between many of the choices available to society.
I am also part of a project funded by the Economics History Society looking into the how networks of interaction effect the behaviour of organisations, and what knockon effect this has on the economy. This project builds on work started on the Tipping Points project researching the banking sector, and applies to to difference sectors of the economy.
I have a number of grant applications under way looking at Big Data and privacy, the distribution of financial risk, and new media in health.
The York Management School
University of York
York YO10 5GD
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