Professor Nigel Gilbert is a computational social scientist with a background in engineering. He was one of the first to use agent-based models in the social sciences, in the early 1990s, and has since published widely on the methodology underlying computer modelling, and on the application of simulation for applied problems such as understanding commercial innovation, managing environmental resources such as energy and water, and supporting public policy decision-making. He founded and is Director of the Centre for Research in Social Simulation.
He was the founding editor of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation and is a past President of ESSA. He is the author of Agent-Based Models (Sage, 2008, second edition forthcoming, 2020), a co-author of Simulation for the Social Scientist (2005), and the editor of Computational Social Science (Sage, 2010).
He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2016 for services to engineering and the social sciences.
He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences.
He is currently the Director of the Centre for the Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus (CECAN), which brings together mathematicians, computer scientists, environmental scientists and social scientists to develop and test methods for the evaluation of complex public policies. A common feature of almost all the projects in which he has been involved is that they are multi-disciplinary, bringing together engineers, scientists and social scientists.