Laurence T Droy (Graduate Research Assistant)

Laurence Droy, Laurence T Droy, Graduate Research Assistant

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

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Address: Department of Media, Communication and Sociology (MCS), University of Leicester, Leicester, UK.

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

Additional Roles:

Graduate Research Assistant (University of Leicester)
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. In addition to my doctoral research and research assistant work within my department, I have worked for the University of Durham assisting with monitoring and evaluation of educational interventions, and for the School of Law (University of Leicester) assisting with impact-evaluation data analysis.

Research Interests (Primary):

My research focus is on the use of formal (i.e. computational and mathematical) models to understand social processes. My PhD thesis, presents a critical analysis of existing formal approaches to theorizing about the social dynamics of FGM, focusing on the challenges of representing social processes in formalized models. A range of formal robustness and sensitivity analyses of existing formal theoretical models are undertaken as part of a progressive model development strategy, culminating in the application of empirical calibration and validation to a general agent-based model of FGM as a coordinated social norm.

Research Interests (Other):

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



DROY, Laurence et al. Alternative Rites of Passage in FGM/C Abandonment Campaigns in Africa: A research opportunity.
LIAS Working Paper Series , [S.l.], v. 1, aug. 2018. ISSN 2516-4783. Available at: <>.

Droy, L, (2018). Studying social processes underlying the persistence of female genital mutilation using agent-based modeling. SAGE Research Methods Cases. 10.4135/9781526446176

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:

Can we use simulated experiments to identify important agent-based model (ABM) design choices prior to empirical calibration? A case of modeling a harmful collective practice, December 2017, DOI:10.13140/RG.2.2.15404.77440, Conference: Interdisciplinary Workshop on Opinion Dynamics and Collective Decision 2017 July 5-7, 2017 @ Jacobs University Bremen, Germany.

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

Other Activities:

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

Member of the Leicester Migration Network

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