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Dr Jennifer Badham

Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology  
DRMC Programme Lead for MDS (Health Data Science) in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Health  


I joined the Department of Sociology as Assistant Professor in Social Data Science in 2021 following postdoctoral positions modelling health behaviour at University of Surrey, Queen's University Belfast, and Durham University. Prior to entering academia, I was a senior health policy advisor in Australia, developing government and industry positions on topics such as electronic health records and private health insurance funding.

Much of my research concerns the ways in which social structure shapes the transmission of ideas, disease or behaviour. I both use and extend computational methods that are drawn from complexity science, such as agent-based modelling and network analysis. I am also interested in methods as a topic of study rather than simply a tool, particularly how models are used in policy processes and how people relate to models and data.

Research interests

  • Network diffusion
  • Social network structure
  • Human-simulation interaction
  • Computational methods for complex systems
  • Public engagement

Research groups

  • Health and Social Theory


Chapter in book

  • Groff, Elizabeth R. & Badham, Jennifer (2020). Examining guardianship against theft. In Agent-Based Modelling for Criminological Theory Testing and Development. Gerritsen, Charlotte & Elffers, Hank Routledge. 71-103.

Journal Article