dr. Rense Corten
Assistant Professor
Social Sciences - Sociology
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Scientific expertise
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Curriculum vitae

2009     Ph.D. in Social Sciences, Utrecht University

2004     M.S. in Sociology, Utrecht University


Academic Positions


2013-present: Assistant professor at the department of Sociology/ICS, Utrecht University


2012-2013: Assistant professor at the department of Sociology, Tilburg University


2011-2012: researcher at the department of Sociology/ICS, Utrecht University


2010 – 2011: Visiting Scholar at the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, Stanford University

2009 – 2010: Postdoctoral researcher at the department of Sociology/ICS, Utrecht University


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Key publications

Corten, R. (2014). Computational Approaches to Studying the Co-evolution of Networks and Behavior in Social Dilemmas. (186 p.). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.

All publications
Corten, R. (2014). Computational Approaches to Studying the Co-evolution of Networks and Behavior in Social Dilemmas. (186 p.). Chichester: John Wiley & Sons.
Bojanowski, M.J. & Corten, R. (2014). Measuring Segregation in Social Networks. Social Networks, 39, (pp. 14-32) (19 p.).
Parigi, P., State, B., Dakhlallah, D., Corten, R. & Cook, K. S. (2013). A Community of Strangers: The Dis-Embedding of Social Ties. PLoS ONE, 8 (7).
Corten, R. & Knecht, A.B. (2013). Alcohol use among adolescents as a coordination problem in a dynamic network. Rationality and Society, 25 (2), (pp. 146-177) (32 p.).
Corten, R. (2013). Sociale media als bron voor onderzoek. Sociologie Magazine, 21 (2), (pp. 28-29) (2 p.).
Corten, R., Maas, I. & Snijders, C.C.P. (2013). Status attainment as a competitive process: a theoretical and empirical study on the implications of Boudon’s status attainment model [forthcoming]. Sociologica, 2013 (3).
Frey, V.C., Corten, R. & Buskens, V.W. (2012). Equilibrium Selection in Network Coordination Games: An Experimental Study. Review of Network Economics, 11 (3).
Bojanowski, M.J., Corten, R. & Westbrock, B. (2012). The structure and dynamics of the global network of Inter-Firm R&D partnerships 1989-2002. The Journal of Technology Transfer, 37 (6), (pp. 967-987) (21 p.).
Corten, R. (2011). Visualization of social networks in Stata using multidimensional scaling. The Stata Journal, 11 (1), (pp. 53-63) (11 p.).
Corten, R. & Buskens, V.W. (2010). Co-evolution of conventions and networks: an experimental study. Social Networks, 32 (1), (pp. 4-15) (12 p.).
Buskens, V.W., Corten, R. & Weesie, H.M. (2008). Consent or conflict: coevolution of coordination and networks. Journal of Peace Research, 45 (2), (pp. 205-222) (18 p.).
Corten, R. & Dronkers, J (2006). School achievement of pupils from the lower strata in public, private government-dependent and private government-independent schools: A cross-national test of the Coleman-Hoffer thesis. Educational Research and Evaluation, 12 (2), (pp. 179-208) (30 p.).
Corten, R. & Dronkers, J (2005). Schoolprestaties van leerlingen uit de lagere strata op openbare, bijzondere en privé scholen: een cross-nationale test van de Coleman & Hoffer these. Pedagogische Studiën, 82 (3), (pp. 205-222) (18 p.).
  Book parts / chapters
Raub, Werner, Buskens, Vincent & Corten, Rense (2014). Social dilemmas and cooperation. In N. Braun & N.J. Saam (Eds.), Handbuch Modellbildung und Simulation in den Sozialwissenschaften (pp. 597-626). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften / Springer Fachmedien.
Buskens, Vincent, Corten, Rense & Raub, Werner (2014). Social networks. In N. Braun & N.J. Saam (Eds.), Handbuch Modellbildung und Simulation in den Sozialwissenschaften (pp. 663-687). Wiesbaden: VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften / Springer Fachmedien.
Zijdeman, R.L. & Corten, R. (2012). De keuze van de huwelijksgetuige. Sterke en zwakke bindingen in gemeentelijke context (Nederland, 1851-1935). In B.G.M. Völker (Eds.), Over gaten, bruggen en witte paters – sociaal kapitaal in sociologisch onderzoek. Liber Amicorum voor Henk Flap (pp. 171-183) (13 p.). Amsterdam: Rozenberg Publishers.
Corten, R. & Buskens, V.W. (2011). Game theory and networks. In G. Barnett (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Social Networks (pp. 303-306) (1112 p.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.
Corten, R. & Cook, K.S. (2009). Cooperation and reputation in dynamic networks. In M. Paolucci (Eds.), Proceedings of the First International Conference on Reputation: Theory and Technology (pp. 20-34) (226 p.).
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My research revolves around the themes of cooperation, trust, and (the dynamics of) social networks, with applications to adolescent networks, online social networks, and laboratory experiments.

Current research projects/themes:

Cooperation and trust in dynamic networks
Much sociological research suggests that certain types of network structures, in particular structures with much closure, promote cooperation in social dilemmas. If that is the case, then how can we explain the emergence of these network structures? Under what conditions are actors willing to invest in social cohesion? We address such questions using formal theoretical models, simulations, and laboratory experiments.
Collaborators: Vincent Buskens, Vincenz Frey, Stephanie Rosenkranz, Werner Raub, Karen S. Cook, Roeliene van Es.

Learning in social networks
One of the best known aspects of social networks is their capacity to transmit information, which in turn leads to differential access to valuable information by actors with different network positions (i.e., "the strength of weak ties" or "structural holes"). Yet, studies in which a causal connection between network structure and learning is empirically established are relatively rare. In a number of experiments, we study how actors use information obtained via a social network to solve problems and how they invest in such networks.
Collaborators: Vincent Buskens, Bas Hofstra, Charlotte Rutten.

Structure and dynamics of online social networks
The emergence of online social media platforms allows for the study of social network structure at a very large scale, for the first time in the history of sociology. In a number of larger and smaller projects with various collaborators, I study the large-scale structure of online social networks, how they relate to “offline” social networks, and their impact on social processes. Collaborators: Frank van Tubergen, Bas Hofstra, Remko Helms, Marco Spruit, Erik van Ingen, Lukas Norbutas.

Trust and the sharing economy
The recently evolved “sharing economy”, propelled by online interaction platforms and social media, challenges established forms of economic exchange and makes big promises with regard to sustainability, efficiency, equality, and democratization. Yet, the mechanisms by which the sharing economy functions, in particular the essential emergence of trust in sharing economy interactions, are poorly understood. We address such issues using online experiments and online data. Collaborators (among others): Paolo Parigi, Lukas Norbutas.

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dr. R. Corten Contact details
Sjoerd Groenmangebouw

Padualaan 14
Room C2.28
The Netherlands

Phone number (direct) +31 30 253 8814
Phone number (department) +31 30 253 2101
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