Universitätsprofessor Dr.

Thomas Grund

Professor für Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung

Lehr und Forschungsgebiet Soziologie mit dem Schwerpunkt Methoden der empirischen Sozialforschung


Gebäude 1830
Erdgeschoss, Raum 005
Eilfschornsteinstraße 7
52056 Aachen


Telefon: +49 241 80 96097

Über mich

Derzeit bin ich Lehrstuhlinhaber am Institut für Soziologie der RWTH Aachen. Zuvor war ich Professor an der School of Sociology am University College Dublin, Irland und Gastprofessor am Institut für Soziologie der Universität Zürich sowie Simon Visiting Professor an der University of Manchester. Bevor ich nach Irland kam, war ich Assistant Professor und stellvertretender Direktor am Institute for Analytical Sociology an der Universität Linköping, Marie-Curie-Stipendiat am Institute for Future Studies und an der Universität Stockholm sowie Postdoc-Stipendiat an der ETH Zürich und der Université de Montréal. Ich habe Informatik und Soziologie an der Universität Trier (Diplom), der University of Cambridge (MPhil) und der University of Oxford (DPhil) studiert.


Akademischer Werdegang

RWTH Aachen University, Germany
Institute of Sociology
Full Professor

since 2022

University College Dublin, Ireland
School of Sociology

2021 - 2022

University College Dublin, Ireland
School of Sociology
Associate Professor

2018 - 2021

University of Zurich, Switzerland
Institute of Sociology
Visiting Professor

University of Manchester, UK
School of Law and School of Social Sciences Simon
Visiting Professor
2017 - 2018
University College Dublin, Ireland
School of Sociology
Assistant Professor
2015 - 2018
Linköping University, Sweden
Institute for Analytical Sociology
Assistant Professor and Deputy Director
2014 - 2015
Institute for Futures Studies, Stockholm, Sweden
Marie Curie Fellow
2013 - 2014
Stockholm University, Sweden
Department of Sociology
Affiliated Researcher
2013 - 2014
Université de Montréal, Quebec, Canada
Centre International de Criminologie Comparée
Postdoctoral Researcher
2012 -2013

ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Chair of Sociology, in particular Modeling and Simulation
Postdoctoral Researcher

2011 - 2012

Universitärer Werdegang

Nuffield College, University of Oxford, UK
Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology
Thesis Title: Antecedents and Consequences of Social Networks: Macro-Implications of Micro-Dynamics Supervisors: Peter Hedström, Michael Biggs; Examiners: Tom A. B. Snijders, Peter Bearman
2007 - 2011
Sidney Sussex College, University of Cambridge, UK
Master of Philosophy in Modern Society and Global Transformations
Title: Does Class Still Matter? Social Stratification and Food Consumption in Britain Supervisor: Robert M. Blackburn
2005 - 2006
University of Trier, Germany
Diplom in Sociology
Supervisor: Michael Jäckel
2001 - 2015

University of Trier, Germany
Vordiplom in Computer Sciences and Business Administration

2000 - 2002


Bücher und Sonderausgaben
Grund, T. and Hedström, P. (under contract). Social Network Analysis Using Stata. College Station: Stata Press.
Payne, D., Elkink, J., Friel, N., Grund, T., Hochstrasser, T. Lucas, P. and Ottewill, A. (2019) (eds.). Social Simulation for a Digital Society. Application and Innovations in Computational Social Science. London: Springer.
Helbing, D. and Grund, T. (2013) (eds.). Special Issue: Agent-Based Modeling and Techno-Social Systems. Advances in Complex Systems, Vol. 16, Issue 4 & 5.
Kron, T. and Grund, T. (2010) (eds.). Analytische Soziologie in der Diskussion. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag.

Elkink, J. and Grund, T. (2022). Modeling Diffusion through Statistical Network Analysis: A Simulation Study and Empirical Application to Same-Sex Marriage. International Studies Quarterly, 66(1), sqab087.
Hyden, M., Gadd, D. and Grund, T. (2020). The Role of Narrative and Social Networks in Thwarting Violence and Sexual Abuse in Young People's Lives. British Journal of Social Work, 50(7), 2172-2190.
Tatum, T. and Grund, T. (2020). Accusation and Confession Discrepancies in Bullying: Dual-Perspective Networks and Individual-Level Attributes. Social Networks, 60(1), 61-70.
Grund, T. and Tatum, T. (2019). Some Friends Matter More than Others: BMI Clustering Among Adolescents in Four European Countries. Network Science, 7(12), 123-139.
Mueller, T., Grund, T. and Koskinen, J. (2018). Residential Segregation and Ethnic Flight vs. Ethnic Avoidance in Sweden. European Sociological Review, 34(3), 268-285.
Grund, T. and Morselli, C. (2017). Overlapping Crime: Stability and Specialization of Co-offending Relationships. Social Networks, 51, 14-22.
Grund, T. (2016). The Relational Value of Experience in Teams: Evidence from the English Premier League. American Behavioral Scientist, 60(10), 1260-1280.
Grund, T. and Densley, J. (2015). Ethnic Homophily and Triad Closure: Mapping Internal Gang Structure Using Exponential Random Graph Models. Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, 31(3), 354-370.
Block, P. and Grund, T. (2014). Multidimensional Similarities in Friendship Networks. Network Science, 2(2), 189-212.
Grund, T. (2014). Why Your Friends Are More Important and Special Than You Think. Sociological Science, 1, 128-140.
Grund, T., Waloszek, C, Helbing, D. (2013). How Natural Selection Can Create Both Self- and Other-Regarding Preferences, and Networked Minds. Scientific Reports, 2013, 3, Article number 1480.

Media: Die Zeit, Wall Street Journal, ScienceDaily, ScienceNews

Gallo, E., Grund, T. and Reade, J. J. (2013). Punishing the Foreigner. Implicit Discrimination in the Premier League Based on Oppositional Identity. Oxford Bulletin of Economics and Statistics, 65(1), 136-156.

Media: The Guardian, Irish Examiner

Grund, T. (2012). Network Structure and Team Performance: The Case of English Premier League Soccer Teams. Social Networks, 34(4), 682-690.

Media: The National
Grund, T. and Densley, J. (2012). Ethnic Heterogeneity in the Activity and Structure of a Black Street Gang. European Journal of Criminology, 9(3), 388-406.
Richardson, L. and Grund, T. (2012). Modeling the Impact of Supra-Structural Network Nodes: The Case of Anonymous Syringe Sharing and HIV among People Who Inject Drugs. Social Science Research, 41(3), 624-636.
Yogev, T. and Grund, T. (2012). Structural Dynamics and the Market for Contemporary Art: The Case of International Art Fairs. Sociological Focus, 54(1), 23-40.
Kron, T. and Grund, T. (2009). Society as a Self-Organized Critical System. Cybernetics and Human Knowing, 16(1-2), 65-83.
Papastefanou, G. and Grund, T. (2004). EVSLabels 1.0. Ein Tool zur automatischen Erstellung von SPSS-Setups für Scientific Use Files der EVS 2003. ZUMA-Nachrichten 2004, 55, November 2004, pp. 97-98

Sammelbandbeiträge, Reviews und andere Publikationen
Payne, D., Elkink, J. and Grund, T. (2019). Social Simulation for a Digital Society, in: Payne, D., Elkink, J., Friel, N., Grund, T., Hochstrasser, T. Lucas, P. and Ottewill, A. (eds.) Social Simulation for a Digital Society. Application and Innovations in Computational Social Science. Springer, pp. 1-4.
Koskinen, J., Mueller, T. and Grund, T. (2017). A dynamic discrete-choice model for movement flows, in Perna, C., Pratesi, M. & Ruiz-Gazen, A. (eds.), Studies in Theoretical and Applied Statistics. Springer, pp. 107-117.
Morselli, C., Boivin, R. and Grund, T. (2015). Network Opportunities and CrimeSpecific Patterns in a Co-offending Population, in Malm, A. and Bichler, G. (eds.) (2015) Preventing Crime and Network Analysis, Crime Prevention Studies, Vol. 28. London: FirstForumPress, pp. 47-65.
Grund, T (2014). Book Review: Agent-Based Computational Sociology. Acta Sociologica, Vol. 57, Issue 4, pp. 371-372.
Grund, T. (2014). Network Size and Homophily: Same-Sex Friendships in 595 Scandinavian Schools, in Manzo, G. (eds.) (2014) Analytical Sociology. Norms, Actions, Networks. New York: Wiley, pp. 299-316
Grund, T. (2013). Review of Barrat, A., Barthélemy, M., & Vespignani, A. (2011). Dynamical Processes on Complex Networks (4th ed). Journal of Mathematical Sociology, Vol. 37, Issue 2, pp. 131-132.
Kron, T. and Grund, T. (2010). Einleitung, in: Kron, T. and Grund, T. (eds.) (2010) Analytische Soziologie in der Diskussion. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, pp. 7-27.
Jäckel, M. and Grund, T. (2005). Eine Mediensoziologie – Aus Sicht der Klassiker, in: Jäckel, M. (2005) (ed.) Mediensoziologie. Grundfragen und Forschungsfelder. Wiesbaden: VS Verlag, pp. 15-32.
Papastefanou, G. and Grund, T. (2005). Socio-economic Status Disparities in Fresh Vegetables Consumption: Change and Stability between 1983 and 1998 in WestGermany, in: Oltersdorf, U. et. al. (2005) (eds.). Consumer and Nutrition: Challenges and Chances for Research and Society. Karlsruhe: BFEL, pp. 186- 190.
Grund, T. (2004). EVSLabels 1.0.Ein Tool zur automatischen Erstellung von SPSSSetups für Scientific Use Files der EVS 2003. ZUMA-Methodenbericht 2004/05. Mannheim: ZUMA.

Grund, T. Why Your Friends Are Healthier, Nicer and Fitter Than You.
Grund, T. Team Stability vs. Individual Quality: Successful Passing in the English Premier League.
Grund, T. and Densley, J., Kroneberg, C. Network Structure and Selective Influence: A Model of the Age-Crime Curve.
Grund, T. and Mueller T. With a Little Help from Your Aunt.