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Once again in 2021, the Oxford Summer School in Economic Networks will create a stimulating environment to bring students with scholars from varied disciplines together to learn from and engage with techniques, quantitative methods, applications and impacts of network theory within economics. We are excited to host world leading academics, scientists, and global policy makers to guide lectures, engage with students and host workshops on topics relating to network theory and economics. These will include topics of social networks, games and learning, financial networks, economic complexity, urban systems and innovation.

We are looking forward to welcoming a large number of world leading experts pushing the global knowledge frontier across economic networks and complexity science. Speakers in the previous years have included Matt Jackson, Stefan Thurner, Fernando Vega-Redondo, Doyne Farmer, Renaud Lambiotte, Mihaela van der Schaar, Taha Yasseri, Elsa Arcaute, Aureo de Paula, Sune Lehmann, Friederike Mengel, and Frank Neffke.

For the 2021 edition, we have confirmed Ed Glaeser (Harvard, keynote), Sandy Pentland (MIT, public lecture), Taha Yasseri (University College Dublin), Renaud Lambiotte (Oxford), Elsa Arcaute (UCL), Balazs Lengyel (Hungarian Academy of Sciences), Emily Breza (Harvard), Laura Alessandretti (Technical University of Denmark), Ben Golub (Northwestern), Fabio Caccioli (UCL) and Doyne Farmer (Oxford).

The Oxford Summer School in Economic Networks is hosted by the Mathematical Institute, the Institute for New Economic Thinking at the Oxford Martin School and is supported by the PEAK URBAN programme.

Due to the global Covid19 pandemic, the 2021 edition of the Oxford Summer School in Economic Networks will be held virtually from the 21st to the 25th of June. As a fully virtual event, the 2021 edition of the Oxford Summer School in Economic Networks will have no attendance fee.


The summer school will be live daily from 15.00 to 18:00 UK time (BST). Every day, there will be 2 hours of lectures and discussions with world leading experts. This will be followed by daily interactive small-group sessions where academic and social activities are mixed, and will include group discussions, presentations of your ongoing research, and networking activities.


Late February: Application portal open

30th April: Application portal closes

23rd May: Admission notifications

21st - 25th June: Summer school in session

Summer School Public Lecture

Equal Opportunity Cities by Sandy Pentland (MIT Media Lab)

June 24th, 5pm BST

This talk is open to the general public. You can register online here.

(Students accepted to the summer school will be registered automatically)

Using data from four continents, we show that diversity of consumption and of diversity of social exposure are perhaps the single most powerful predictor of life outcomes such as increasing neighborhood GDP, increasing individual wealth, and promoting intergenerational mobility, even after controlling for variables such as population density, housing price, and geographic centrality. The effects of diversity in promoting opportunity are causal, and inequality in opportunity stems more from social norms that promote segregation than from physical segregation. Policies to promote more equal opportunities within cities seem practical.


The school is targeted towards postgraduate students (Masters/PhD) from Mathematics, Statistics, Economic, Social Sciences, Geography, Development and Public Policy; students from other disciplines and interested young professionals are also invited to apply.

We will admit a small number of outstanding undergraduate students.

You will need some quantitative/computational background, in particular, familiarity with university level linear algebra, and dynamical systems, and some coding experience.

Existing experience with network analysis is an advantage but not required.


In order to apply, you will need to submit a 1 page CV and a short motivation letter to attend the summer school.

You can submit your application here.

All admitted students are expected to attend the majority of virtual events.

Organising Committee and Contact

The organising team is based across the Mathematical Institute (MI), the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET), the Oxford Martin School (OMS), Oxford-Man Institute of Quantitative Finance (OX-MAN) and the Department of Engineering Science (EngSci) across the University of Oxford, and at the Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London (UCL):

Neave O'Clery (Chair, UCL, MI, OMS), Xiaowen Dong (Co-Chair, OX-MAN, EngSci), Samira Barzin (Co-Chair, MI, OMS), Samuel Heroy (MI, UCL), Mattie Landman (MI), John Fitzgerald (MI), Joris Bücker (INET) and Luca Mungo (MI, INET).


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