Edmund Chattoe-Brown

Dr Edmund Chattoe-BrownLecturer

Room: Bankfield House 1.07 (First Floor), 132 New Walk

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

Email: ecb18@le.ac.uk



Personal details

  • MSc (Sussex), MA, DPhil (Oxon)


Drop-in hours (Semester 2, Academic Year 18-19): Monday 1400-1550, Tuesday 1100-1150.




Journal articles

  • Ackland, Graeme, Chattoe-Brown, Edmund, Hamill, Heather, Hampshire, Kate, Mariwah, Simon and Mshana, Gerry (forthcoming 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.
  • Badham, Jennifer, Chattoe-Brown, Edmund, Gilbert, Nigel, Chalabi, Zaid, Kee, Frank and Hunter, Ruth F. (volume in progress 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]
  • Krockow, Eva M., Colman, Andrew M., Chattoe-Brown, Edmund, Jenkins, David R., Perera, Neelun, Mehtar, Shaheen and Tarrant, Carolyn (online first 2018) '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, August. [DOI: 10.1016/j.jhin.2018.08.007]
  • 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). [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • 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. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2014) 'Using Agent Based Modelling to Integrate Data on Attitude Change', Sociological Research Online19(1). [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2013) 'Why Sociology Should Use Agent Based Modelling', Sociological Research Online18(3). [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • 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. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • Chattoe-Brown, Edmund (2009) 'The Social Transmission of Choice: A Simulation with Applications to Hegemonic Discourse', Mind and Society8(2), December, pp. 193-207. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • 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. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • 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. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • Chattoe, Edmund (2002) 'Developing the Selectionist Paradigm in Sociology', Sociology36(4), November, pp. 817-833. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • 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 and Gilbert, Nigel (2001) 'Understanding Consumption: What Interviews with Retired Households Can Reveal About Budgetary Decisions', Sociological Research Online6(3), November. [Click on this link to go to the article]
  • 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. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • 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. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • Chattoe, Edmund and Gilbert, Nigel (1999) 'Talking About Budgets: Time and Uncertainty in Household Decision Making', Sociology33(1), February, pp. 85-103. [Click on this link for online access via publisher]
  • Chattoe, Edmund (1998) 'Just How (Un)realistic are Evolutionary Algorithms as Representations of Social Processes?', Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation1(3), June. [Click on this link to go to the article]

Book chapters

  • 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.
  • 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. [Click on this link for more information via publisher]
  • 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. [Click on this link for more information via publisher]
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.) Computational Social Science, Sage Benchmarks in Social Research Methods, 4 volumes (Sage).]
  • 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


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 entitled 'Happy Nation' as a contribution to the Leicester Exchanges blogs on contemporary affairs
  • 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
  • The full video of the ESSA Summer School presentation (83 minutes)
  • 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)

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