Beyond Schelling and Axelrod:

Computational Models of Ethnocentrism and Diversity

Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
June 7th – 8th, 2017.

Workshop Programme and short Biographies of attendees

Post workshop report (pdf)


Ethnocentrism, a positive orientation towards those with the same ethnicity and a negative one towards others, is widely observed in human societies. Several (computational agent-based) social simulation models show how interactions between individuals emerge aspects of ethnocentrism such as in-group bias based on ethnic markers (Hammond & Axelrod 2006); local cultural homogeneity combined with global polarisation (Axelrod 1997); and racial segregation (Schelling 1971). These models have influenced on-going research that inherits similar frameworks and assumptions.

The workshop will spotlight on-going work influenced by, or in response to, these modelling directions in addition to critical position statements and critiques of the assumptions that such models embody, as well as relevant empirical studies.



The workshop comprises 12 presentations and two one hour panel discussions over two half days (Wednesday June 7th 12:00pm-5:30pm and Thursday June 8th 8:30am-1pm). There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. For further details see: Workshop Programme and short Biographies of speakers.


Attendance is free but you must register (click below):
Eventbrite - Computational Models of Ethnocentrism and

Location, transport and accommodation

The workshop will take place in Rooms 5.02 and 5.05 at The Business School & Student Hub Building, All Saints Campus, Manchester Metropolitan University, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6BH, UK. Maps of the location can be found here along with transport and accommodation information.


Special issue

After the workshop we plan to organise a special issue of a relevant journal on the subject of the workshop including articles based on the best presentations at the workshop. Also, depending on the outcome of the panels and discussion, we may coordinate a collective position / review article to accompany the special issue.