Computational Social Science Forum

The Berkeley Computational Social Science Forum was launched in Fall 2020, as part of the Computational Social Science Training Program, to provide an informal setting for the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and scholarship at the intersection of social science and data science. Our goal is to improve computational social science research, support the development and research of our members, and foster new collaborations. Weekly meetings are hosted by researchers from BIDS and D-Lab, and participants engage in a variety of activities such as presentations of work in progress, discussions and critiques of recent papers, introductions to new tools and methods, discussions around ethics, fairness, inequality, and responsible conduct of research, as well as professional development. We welcome social scientists researchers with interests in data science methods and tools, and data scientists with interests in public policy and the social, behavioral, and health sciences. Our participants include graduate students, postdocs, staff, and faculty, and members are encouraged to attend regularly in order to foster community.

This series is currently being organized by Dave Harding, Professor of Sociology and Faculty Director of D-Lab at UC Berkeley; Douglas Guilbeault, Assistant Professor of Management of Organizations at the Berkeley Haas School of Business; Heather Haveman, Professor in the Department of Sociology and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley; and Tim Thomas, BIDS Research Training Lead for the Computational Social Science Training Program, and Research Director of Urban Displacement Project at IGS & CCI.

Interested UC Berkeley community members are invited to sign up for the group mailing to receive information about upcoming sessions, and visit the CSS Training Program Video Archive to view previous sessions. Contact for more information or if you are interested in presenting current research for an upcoming session.

Spring 2022 Sessions

Berkeley Computational Social Science Forum - Spring 2022
Date: Weekly on Tuesdays, February 1 through April 19, 2021
Time: 4:00-5:00 PM Pacific Time
Location: Virtual Participation – Register to attend via Zoom


Sessions Archive



BIDS Affiliates


David J. Harding

Sociology, D-Lab, UC Berkeley
Faculty Affiliate

Douglas Guilbeault

Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Faculty Affiliate

Heather A. Haveman

Sociology, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley
Associate Faculty Director

Tim Thomas

Urban Displacement Project
Research Training Lead, Computational Social Science Training Program