Laurence T Droy (Graduate Research Assistant)

Laurence Droy, Laurence T Droy, Graduate Research Assistant

Laurence Droy Graduate Research Assistant

Doctoral Student (PHD) & Graduate Research Assistant (GRA)

Contact Details:

Direct Line: 0116 252 2733
Address: ATT 408, Department of Sociology, University of Leicester, Leicester, UK.

Other Pages:

  1. Research Gate:
  2. Linkedin:
  3. JDM Group:


First: Dr Edmund Chattoe-Brown
Second: Dr Patrick White

Additional Roles:

Graduate Research Assistant
RC33 Conference 2016 - University of Leicester Organising Committee

Brief Biography:

I graduated with First-Class Honours in Psychology (Bsc) from the University of Leicester in July 2014. This was followed by a period working as a project coordinator within the sports-construction industry. I returned to the University to begin a doctorate in the Department of Sociology in April 2015.

Research Interests:

My research focus is on using statistical analysis and computer simulations to understand social phenomena. I am using Agent-Based Modelling and statistical models to study the incidence of Female Genital Mutilation in Sub-Saharan Africa. This involves representing theories about the incidence of FGM in computer simulations. Representing these theories in formal models makes it possible to explore their fit with patterns in quantitative data at the level of communities and larger populations.

I am also a volunteer with the charity Reunite International, leading a mixed-methods research project investigating international child relocation in the UK.

Finally, I am involved in research using ABM to integrate theories of time-use and time-planning, with theories of social network formation and change


Conference proceedings and related:

CHATTOE-BROWN, E. & DROY, L. 2016. Integrating Approaches to Place, Time and Social Networks Using Agent Based Modelling. XXXVI Sunbelt Conference of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA). Newport Beach, California.

Droy, L. 2016. Using Agent-Based Modeling to Test Social Coordination Accounts of the Incidence of Female Genital Mutilation against Individualistic Accounts, ResearchGate/Academia.Edu

Research Posters:

Droy, L. 2016. Female Genital Mutilation (FGM): Explaining the occurrence of a harmful practice with computational simulations of social groups. ResearchGate/Academia.Edu

Media Publications:

Droy, L. T. (2015). Why the Atheist movement has yet to come of age.
The Leicester Secularist: Journal of the Leicester Secular Society. 68.

Other Activities:

Member of the University of Leicester Judgement and Decision-Making Research Group

Member of the Leicester Migration Network

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