About the Centre for Computational and Quantitative Social Science

The Centre for Computational and Quantitative Social Science is one of the eight governing research centres that encompass the Network for Economic and Social Trends (NEST), which brings together the research centres in the Faculty of Social Science.

The Centre for Computational and Quantiative Social Science (CCQSS) will be located in the Faculty of Social Science.  Faculty Associates will be drawn from a number of Acadmic Units with the Social Sciences – namely Geography, Political Science, Sociology, Psychology, and Economics.

Across disciplinary boundaries, one of the fundamental factors that defines our work is the methodological approach we adopt. We conceive of quantitative methodology in quite broad terms to include means for both data collection and quantitative analysis. Among social scientists quantitative methodology is growing in importance. Héroux-Legault (2017) shows that among Political Scientists, the use of quantitative methods is on the rise over the past 10 years as Canadian scholarship starts to move in the direction of its other North American counterparts. Other fields, like Psychology and Economics are likely already in methodological lock step their other North American counterparts.

The main goal of the CCQSS is to allow for the cross-pollenation of methodological techniques (both in terms of data collection and statistical analysis) used across disciplines.