Edmund Chattoe-Brown

Dr Edmund Chattoe-BrownLecturer


Room: 1.02 Astley Clarke Building, University of Leicester, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Tel: +44 (0)116 252 2737 (direct line)

Email: ecb18@le.ac.uk

Drop In Hours: Under the current social distancing arrangements for COVID19, please email me in the first instance and we can "meet" via Skype or phone as appropriate.

Personal Details

  • MSc (Sussex), MA, DPhil (Oxon)


Out of teaching semesters, could personal tutees, those on modules I teach and supervisees please email me for an appointment.



  • Supervision of PhD theses


Journal Articles

  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (online first 2020) 'Why Questions Like “Do Networks Matter?” Matter to Methodology: How Agent-Based Modelling Makes It Possible to Answer Them', International Journal of Social Research Methodology. [DOI: 10.1080/13645579.2020.1801602]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2020) 'Talking Prose All These Years: Agent Based Modelling as Process-Oriented Analysis', Canadian Review of Sociology, 57(2), May, pp. 286-304. Special Issue: Process-Oriented Analysis. [DOI: 10.1111/cars.12282]
  • Tarrant, Carolyn, Krockow, Eva M., Dilini Nakkawita, W. M. I., Bolscher, Michele, Colman, Andrew M., Chattoe-Brown, Edmund, Perera, Nelun, Mehta, Shaheen and Jenkins, David R. (2020) 'Moral and Contextual Dimensions of "Inappropriate" Antibiotic Prescribing in Secondary Care: A Three-Country Interview Study', Frontiers of Sociology, 5, Theme: Optimising Antibiotic Use: Social and Contextual Issues, 20 February. [DOI: 10.3389/fsoc.2020.00007]
  • Edmonds, Bruce, le Page, Christophe, Bithell, Mike, Chattoe-Brown, Edmund, Grimm, Volker, Meyer, Ruth, Montañola-Sales, Cristina, Ormerod, Paul, Root, Hilton and Squazzoni, Flaminio (2019) 'Different Modelling Purposes', Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 22(3), June, article 6. [DOI: 10.18564/jasss.3993]
  • Colman, Andrew M., Krockow, Eva M., Chattoe-Brown, Edmund and Tarrant, Carolyn (2019) 'Medical Prescribing and Antibiotic Resistance: A Game-Theoretic Analysis of a Potentially Catastrophic Social Dilemma', PLOS ONE14(4), e0215480, 19 April. [DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0215480]
  • Tarrant, Carolyn, Colman, Andrew M., Chattoe-Brown, Edmund, Jenkins, David R. Mehta, Shaheen, Perera, Neelun and Krockow, Eva M. (2019) 'Optimizing Antibiotic Prescribing: Collective Approaches to Managing a Common-Pool Resource', Clinical Microbiology and Infection, 25(11), November, pp. 1356-1363. [DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cmi.2019.03.008]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2019) 'Does Sociology Have Any Choice but to be Evolutionary?' Frontiers of Sociology, 4, Research Topic: Sociology as a Darwinian Science? 26 February. [DOI: 10.3389/fsoc.2019.00006]
  • Ackland, Graeme J., Chattoe-Brown, Edmund, Hamill, Heather, Hampshire, Kate R., Mariwah, Simon and Mshana, Gerry (2019) ‘Role of Trust in Self-Organizing Supply Chain Model with Variable Good Quality and Imperfect Information’, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 22(2), article 5, March. [DOI: 10.18564/jasss.3984]
  • Krockow, Eva M., Colman, Andrew M., Chattoe-Brown, Edmund, Jenkins, David R., Perera, Neelun, Mehtar, Shaheen and Tarrant, Carolyn (2019) 'Balancing the Risks to Individual and Society: A Systematic Review and Synthesis of Qualitative Research on Antibiotic Prescribing Behaviour in Hospitals', Journal of Hospital Infection, 101(4), August, pp. 428-439. [DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2018.08.007]
  • Badham, Jennifer, Chattoe-Brown, Edmund, Gilbert, Nigel, Chalabi, Zaid, Kee, Frank and Hunter, Ruth F. (2018) 'Developing Agent-Based Models of Complex Health Behaviour', Health and Place, 54, November, pp. 170-177. [DOI: 10.1016/j.healthplace.2018.08.022]
  • Flache, Andreas, Ma:s, Michael, Feliciani, Thomas, Chattoe-Brown, Edmund, Deffuant, Guillaume, Huet, Sylvie and Lorenz, Jan (2017) 'Models of Social Influence: Towards the Next Frontiers', Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 20(4), article 2, October. [DOI: 10.18564/jasss.3521]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2015) '“Censorship”, Early Childhood Research Quarterly and Qualitative Research: Not So Much Aced Out as an Own Goal?', Early Childhood Research Quarterly31(2), pp. 163-171. [DOI: 10.1016/j.ecresq.2014.10.007]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2014) 'Using Agent Based Modelling to Integrate Data on Attitude Change', Sociological Research Online19(1), article 16, February. [DOI: 0.5153/sro.3315]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2013) 'Why Sociology Should Use Agent Based Modelling', Sociological Research Online18(3), article 3, August. [DOI: 10.5153/sro.3055]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2012) 'Combining Ethnography and Game Theory Using Simulation: A Critique and Development of 'Can Norms Account for Strategic Interaction?' by S. Gezelius', Sociology46(2), April, pp. 339-353. [DOI: 10.1177/0038038511416152]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2009) 'The Social Transmission of Choice: A Simulation with Applications to Hegemonic Discourse', Mind and Society8(2), December, pp. 193-207. [DOI: 10.1007/s11299-009-0060-7]
  • Chattoe, Edmund (2006) 'Using Simulation to Develop and Test Functionalist Explanations: A Case Study of Dynamic Church Membership', British Journal of Sociology57(3), September, pp. 379-397. [DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-4446.2006.00116.x]
  • Chattoe, Edmund and Hamill, Heather (2005) 'It's Not Who You Know - It's What You Know About People You Don't Know That Counts: Extending the Analysis of Crime Groups as Social Networks', British Journal of Criminology45(6), November, pp. 860-876. [DOI: 10.1093/bjc/azi051]
  • Chattoe, Edmund (2002) 'Developing the Selectionist Paradigm in Sociology', Sociology36(4), November, pp. 817-833. [DOI: 10.1177/003803850203600402]
  • Chattoe, Edmund and Gilbert, Nigel (2001) 'Understanding Consumption: What Interviews with Retired Households Can Reveal About Budgetary Decisions', Sociological Research Online6(3), November. [DOI: 10.5153/sro.627]
  • Chattoe, Edmund, Dautenhan, Kerstin, Dickinson, Ian, Doran, Jim and Vulkan, Nir (2000) 'A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Multi-Agent Systems', The Knowledge Engineering Review15(3), September, pp. 293-301. [DOI: 10.1017/S0269888900003052]
  • Chattoe, Edmund (2000) 'Charity Shops as Second-Hand Markets', International Journal of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Marketing, Special Issue on Charity Trading, 5(2), June, pp. 153-160. [DOI: 10.1002/nvsm.107]
  • Chattoe, Edmund and Gilbert, Nigel (1999) 'Talking About Budgets: Time and Uncertainty in Household Decision Making', Sociology33(1), February, pp. 85-103. [DOI: 10.1177/S003803859900005X]
  • Chattoe, Edmund (1998) 'Just How (Un)realistic are Evolutionary Algorithms as Representations of Social Processes?', Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation1(3), June, article 2. <http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/1/3/2.html>

Book Chapters

  • Siebers, Peer-Olaf, Achter, Sebastian, Palaretti Bernardo, Cristiane, Borit, Melania and Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2021) 'First Steps Towards RAT: A Protocol for Documenting Data Use in the Agent-Based Modeling Process (Extended Abstract)', in Ahrweiler, Petra and Neumann, Martin (eds.) Advances in Social Simulation: ESSA 2019, Springer Proceedings in Complexity (Cham: Springer), pp. 257-261. [DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-61503-1_24]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2021) 'Un Drôle De Type: The Schelling Model, Calibration, Specification, Validation and Using Relevant Data', in Ahrweiler, Petra and Neumann, Martin (eds.) Advances in Social Simulation: ESSA 2019, Springer Proceedings in Complexity (Cham: Springer), pp. 243-255. [DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-61503-1_23]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2020) 'Physician, Heal Thyself! The Prospects for Using ABM to Target Interventions in ABM Engagement', in Verhagen, Harko, Borit, Melania, Bravo, Giangiacomo and Wijermans, Nanda (eds.) Advances in Social Simulation: Looking in the Mirror, Springer Proceedings in Complexity (Cham: Springer), pp. 81-87. [DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-34127-5_8]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund, Colman, Andrew M., Jenkins, David R., Krockow, Eva M. Mehta, Shaheen, Perera, Nelun and Tarrant, Carolyn (2020) 'So You Got Two Ologies? The Challenge of Empirically Modelling Medical Prescribing Behaviour and its Effect on Anti-Microbial Resistance as a Case Study', in Verhagen, Harko, Borit, Melania, Bravo, Giangiacomo and Wijermans, Nanda (eds.) Advances in Social Simulation: Looking in the Mirror, Springer Proceedings in Complexity (Cham: Springer), pp. 89-99. [DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-34127-5_9]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2019) 'Agent Based Models', in Atkinson, Paul, Delamont, Sara, Cernat, Alexandru, Sakshaug, Joseph W. and Williams, Richard A. (eds.) SAGE Research Methods. [DOI: 10.4135/9781526421036836969]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund and Gabbriellini, Simone (2017) 'How Should Agent-Based Modelling Engage with Historical Processes?' in Jager, Wander, Verbrugge, Rineke, Flache, Andreas, de Roo, Gert, Hoogduin, Lex and Hemelrijk, Charlotte (eds.) Advances in Social Simulation 2015, Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing 528 (Cham: Springer), pp. 53-66. [DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-47253-9_5]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund and Edmonds, Bruce (2017) 'Modelling Evolutionary Mechanisms in Social Systems', in Edmonds, Bruce and Meyer, Ruth (eds.) Simulating Social Complexity, Understanding Complex Systems Series, second edition (Berlin: Springer-Verlag), pp. 525-566. [DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-66948-9]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund and Gabbriellini, Simone (2016) 'History, Histories and Book-Trade Networks: An Exploratory Agent-Based Model', in Hinks, John and Feely, Catherine (eds.) Historical Networks in the Book Trade, The History of the Book Series (London: Routledge), pp. 49-69. [DOI: 10.4324/9781315636788]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund and Edmonds, Bruce (2013) 'Modelling Evolutionary Mechanisms in Social Systems', in Edmonds, Bruce and Meyer, Ruth (eds.) Simulating Social Complexity, Understanding Complex Systems Series (Berlin: Springer-Verlag), pp. 455-495. [DOI: 10.1007/978-3-540-93813-2]
  • Chattoe, Edmund (2006) 'Using Evolutionary Analogies in Social Science: Two Case Studies', in Wimmer, Andreas and Kössler, Reinhart (eds.) Understanding Change: Models, Methodologies, and Metaphors (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan), pp. 89-95. [DOI: 10.1057/9780230524644]
  • Chattoe, Edmund (2003) 'The Role of Agent-Based Modelling in Demographic Explanation', in Billari, Francesco C. and Prskawetz, Alexia (eds.) Agent-Based Computational Demography: Using Simulation to Improve Our Understanding of Demographic Behaviour (Heidelberg: Physica-Verlag), pp. 41-54. [DOI: 10.1007/978-3-7908-2715-6]
  • Chattoe, Edmund (2002) 'Building Empirically Plausible Multi-Agent Systems: A Case Study of Innovation Diffusion', in Dautenhahn, Kerstin, Bond, Alan H., Cañamero, Dolores and Edmonds, Bruce (eds.) Socially Intelligent Agents: Creating Relationships with Computers and Robots, Multiagent Systems, Artificial Societies and Simulated Organisations Volume 3 (Dordrecht: Kluwer), pp. 109-116. [DOI: 10.1007/b116424]
  • Gilbert, Nigel and Chattoe, Edmund (2002) 'Hunting the Unicorn: An Exploration of the Simulation of Small Group Leadership', in Saam, Nicole J. and Schmidt, Bernd (eds.) Cooperative Agents: Applications in the Social Sciences, Theory and Decision Library A: Volume 32 (Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers), pp. 109-124.
  • Chattoe, Edmund (2002) 'Computer Simulation of Family Practices', in Carling, Alan, Duncan, Simon and Edwards, Rosalind (eds.) Analysing Families: Morality and Rationality in Policy and Practice (London: Routledge), pp. 268-282. [DOI: 10.4324/9780203994467]
  • Chattoe, Edmund (2001) 'The Prospects for Artificial Intelligence Techniques in Understanding Economic Behaviour: An Overview', Ökonomie und Gesellschaft (Economics and Society), Jahrbuch 17: Komplexitaet und Lernen, pp. 135-162.
  • Chattoe, Edmund, Saam, Nicole J. and Moehring, Michael (2000) 'Sensitivity Analysis in the Social Sciences: Problems and Prospects', in Suleiman, Ramzi, Troitzsch, Klaus G. and Gilbert, Nigel (eds.) Tools and Techniques for Social Science Simulation (Heidelberg: Physica-Verlag), pp. 244-273. [DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-51744-0]
  • Chattoe, Edmund and Gilbert, Nigel (1997) 'A Simulation of Adaptation Mechanisms in Budgetary Decision Making', in Conte, Rosaria, Hegselmann, Rainer and Terna, Pietro (eds.) Simulating Social Phenomena, Lecture Notes in Economics and Mathematical Systems 456 (Berlin: Springer-Verlag), pp. 401-418.
  • Chattoe, Edmund (1997) 'What Simulation Has Done for Economics and What It Might Do', in Sydow, Achim in co-operation with Schaefer, R.-P., Rufeger, W. and Lehmann, Heiko (eds.) Proceedings of the 15th IMACS World Congress on Scientific Computation, Modelling and Applied Mathematics, Volume 6: Application in Modelling and Simulation (Berlin: Wissenschaft und Technik Verlag), pp. 757-762.
  • Chattoe, Edmund (1997) 'Modelling Economic Interaction using a Genetic Algorithm', in Bäck, Thomas, Fogel, David and Michalewicz, Zbigniew (eds.) The Handbook of Evolutionary Computation (New York, NY: Oxford University Press/IOP Publishing), G7.1, pp. 1-5.
  • Chattoe, Edmund (1996) 'Why are we Simulating Anyway? Some Answers from Economics', in Troitzsch, Klaus G., Mueller, Ulrich, Gilbert, Nigel and Doran, Jim E. (eds.) Social Science Microsimulation (Berlin: Springer-Verlag), pp. 78-104. [Reprinted in volume 1 of Gilbert, Nigel (ed.) (2010) Computational Social Science, Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods, 4 volumes (Los Angeles, CA: Sage), chapter 18, pp. 399-424.]
  • Chattoe, Edmund (1994) 'The Use of Evolutionary Algorithms in Economics: Metaphors or Models for Social Interaction?', in Hillebrand, Eva and Stender, Joachim (eds.) Many-Agent Simulation and Artificial Life, Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications Volume 25 (Amsterdam: IOS Press), pp. 48-83.

Other Publications

  • Chattoe-Brown and Gabbriellini, Simone (2021) 'How to Improve Network Science: the Potential of (Empirically Calibrated and Validated) Agent-Based Modelling', SocArXiv, 5 April. [DOI: 10.31235/osf.io/bym74]
  • Watts, Christopher J., Gilbert, Nigel, Robertson, Duncan, Droy, Laurence T., Ladley, Daniel and Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2020) 'The Role of Population Scale in Compartmental Models of COVID-19 Transmission', Review of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 14 August. [https://rofasss.org/2020/08/14/role-population-scale/]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2020) 'The Policy Context of Covid19 Agent-Based Modelling', Review of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 4 May. [https://rofasss.org/2020/05/04/policy-context/]
  • Achter, Sebastian, Borit, Melania, Chattoe-Brown, Edmund, Palaretti, Cristiane and Siebers, Peer-Olaf (2019) 'Cherchez Le RAT: A Proposed Plan for Augmenting Rigour and Transparency of Data Use in ABM', Review of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 4 June. [https://rofasss.org/2019/06/04/rat/]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2018) 'Query: What is the Earliest Example of a Social Science Simulation (that is Nonetheless Arguably an ABM) and Shows Real and Simulated Data in the Same Figure or Table?' Review of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 11 June. [https://rofasss.org/2018/06/11/ecb/]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2018) 'A Forgotten Contribution: Jean-Paul Grémy’s Empirically Informed Simulation of Emerging Attitude/Career Choice Congruence (1974)', Review of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, 1 June. [https://rofasss.org/2018/06/01/ecb/]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2017) 'Agent-Based Modeling', in Spillman, Lynette (ed.) Oxford Bibliographies in Sociology (New York, NY: Oxford University Press). [DOI: 10.1093/OBO/9780199756384-0196]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2016) 'How to Declutter Sociology', ISA eSymposium, 6(3), December. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2012) 'How Do We Convince Agent Based Modelling Agnostics?', Religion, Brain and Behavior2(3), October, pp. 201-203. [DOI: 10.1080/2153599X.2012.703448]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2011) 'Two Challenges in Simulating the Social Processes of Science', Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation14(4), October, article 1. [DOI: 10.18564/jasss.1819]
  • Chattoe, Edmund, Hickman, Matthew and Vickerman, Peter (2005) Drug Futures 2025? Modelling Drug Use (London: DTI Foresight/Office of Science and Technology). [Click on this link to go to the report]
  • Chattoe, Edmund (2003) The Evolution of Expectations in Boundedly Rational Agents, DPhil Thesis, University of Oxford. [Click on this link to access the thesis via academia.edu]
  • Chattoe, Edmund (1998) 'Virtual Urban Legends: Investigating the Ecology of the World Wide Web', presented at the conference IRISS '98 (Internet Research and Information for Social Scientists), Bristol, 25-27 March. [Click on this link to access the paper via academia.edu]


My research deals with decision-making in sociologically important contexts. By contrast, I am also interested in evolutionary theories of change in which practices are selected the social environment rather than chosen by individuals.

In support of these interests, I have wide experience in research methods, particularly computer simulation but also qualitative research, social network analysis and experiments.

My theoretical and methodological interests have developed in parallel with several empirical case studies on

  • household money management
  • secondhand markets
  • adaptation of farming practices
  • ethnic disadvantage in labour markets
  • social networks in criminal activity and drug use


I am interested in supervising doctoral research related to my core interest in decision making in sociologically significant contexts. This means decisions in families, groups and organisations where factors like power, bureaucratic rules, collective action problems, diverse information or goals may complicate the standard models of individual decision.

In support of this interest, I have experience in a range of methods:

  • particularly in computer simulation and qualitative research but to a lesser extent in experiments and statistics

theories and models:

  • rational choice and game theory
  • social network analysis
  • time use

substantive areas:

  • farming
  • religion
  • family finances
  • drug use
  • crime networks
  • innovation diffusion
  • social mobility
  • labour markets/industrial organisation

I am also interested in applications of evolutionary models for social change (exploring how practices may or may not reproduce themselves through selection in a social 'environment', for example, organisational ecology and memetics) and the social structure of second hand and illegal markets.

While I am interested in methodological innovation, mixed methods and methodological developments in computer simulation, I am not interested in supervising 'pure' (ie data free) research in these areas.

I am happy to work with potential applicants to translate their interests into workable (and fundable) research proposals.


  • A short video introduction to my presentation entitled 'How to Choose (or Refine) a Research Topic in Simulation' at the second ESSA Summer School on Social Simulation, University of Surrey, Guildford, 18-22 July 2011.
  • go to the video on youtube
  • A video of 'In Conversation with Michael Agar' at the 4th ESRC Research Methods Festival, St Catherine's College, Oxford, 5-8 July 2010 (85 minutes).
  • go to the video

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