Dylan Thurgood

dylan thurgood

Digital Social Science (2020 cohort)

I am studying for an integrated MSc + DPhil in Social Data Science at St Cross College. I hold a BSc in Economics from the University of Warwick, having spent one year studying abroad at Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona. I consider myself a quantitative social scientist and have previously conducted empirical research on measuring food deserts using price data, examining the role of prices in criminal activity and analysing anti-EU sentiment. I have also produced theoretical work assessing the impact of network structure on opinion dynamics constructing a model in which individuals form opinions based on two information channels and are subject to confirmation bias. 

I am interested in the impact of social networks on opinion dynamics, political participation and collective intelligence. My research interests further involve employing data science methods and insights from behavioural economics to design effective policies, particularly in the areas of health and development.