Karsten Donnay

Karsten DONNAY

Areas of expertise
  • Media
  • Networks, social and political
  • Armed conflicts, violence
  • Evidence driven agent-based modelling


Karsten Donnay is Assistant Professor of Computational Social Science at the Center for Data and Methods in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz, Germany. He holds a PhD from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, and was a postdoctoral research at the Graduate Institute Geneva, Switzerland, and the University of Maryland, USA. In his research, he combines an interest in data science, (big) data analytics, statistical and computational modeling with applied interdisciplinary research across different disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences. He has worked on topics related to political communication dynamics and social influence online, but also on the micro-foundation of conflict and terrorism as well as urban violence and crime.

He is currently involved in a multi-institutional research project on modeling early risk indicators to anticipate malnutrition (MERIAM) working together with researchers at the University of Maryland, the Graduate Institute in Geneva and the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.