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Current Master and PhD Thesis Projects

For a current list of Master and PhD project openings please visit Open Positions.

Unsolicited applications are welcome. Candidates are expected to have a strong technical background and a substantive interest in social science research. Please address your applications to .

Past PhD Theses


Financial Market Risk of Speculative Bubbles
Matthias Leiss
Doctoral Thesis, Zürich, ETH Zürich, 2016.


The Complex Systems of Science: Computer simulations, laboratory and online experiments
Stefano Balietti
Doctoral Thesis, Zürich, ETH-Zürich, 2015.


Disaggregating Civil Conflict: Theoretical, Methodological and Empirical Contributions
Karsten Donnay
Doctoral Thesis, Zürich, ETH-Zürich, 2014.


The predictability of widespread cascades in techno-social networks
Seyyed A. Mazloumian
Doctoral Thesis, Zürich, ETH, 2013.


Agent-based modeling of human cooperation and coordination in social systems
Yu Wenjian
Doctoral Thesis, Zürich, ​ETH-Zürich, 2011.


Crime and Punishment from a game theoretic perspective
Heiko Rauhut
Doctoral Thesis, Leipzig, Universität Leipzig, 2008.
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