As a computational social scientist, Dr. McLevey’s most general research goal is to advance our knowledge of how social networks and institutions affect the spread of information, knowledge, beliefs, biases, and behaviours. His work is also focused on better understanding the social and political consequences of those complex transmission processes. He is currently leading or collaborating on a number of research projects in service of that larger goal, including on the effects of cognitive diversity in scientific teams, evidence-based policy making, and how educational innovations diffuse
. Each combines computational methods (specifically related to network analysis, natural language processing and text analysis, and record linkage) with social scientific theories and methods. You can find details about these projects on his research website
In addition to writing articles, Dr. McLevey and his students develop research software. You can learn more about metaknowledge
and their other research software on the NetLab
Finally, Dr. McLevey co-runs (and loves to talk about) a program called Science Outside the Lab North
. It’s an intensive course in Science Policy offered twice a year in Ottawa and Montreal.
A list of Dr. McLevey’s recent publications are available on his research website