balazs vedres

network scientist, associate professor of sociology

ABOUT

I am a network scientist, director of the Center for Network Science and associate professor at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, at Central European University.

EDUCATION

Ph. D. in Sociology
Columbia University, New York

2000-2004

M. Sc.; Ph.D. studies in Economics and Sociology
Corvinus University, Budapest

1995-2000

B. A. in Economics and Sociology
Corvinus University, Budapest

1992-1995



EMPLOYMENT

Director
Center for Network Science, Central European University

2008 - Current

Associate Professor
Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology,, Central European University

2003 - Current



RECENT GRANTS AND AWARDS

Fulbright Visiting Scholar.
Northwestern University.

2015

Fernand Braudel Senior Fellowship.
European University Institute.

2012

Roger V. Gould Prize.
Editorial Board, American Journal of Sociology.

2011

Prize for Best Article.
European Academy of Sociology.

2011

Viviana Zelizer Award for Best Article.
Economic Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association.

2011


RECENT PUBLICATIONS

DeVaan, Mathijs, Balazs Vedres, and David Stark.
"Game Changer: The Topology of Creativity."
American Journal of Sociology.

What accounts for creative success when the unit of innovation is a team? We hypothesize that the effects of structural folding on game changing success are especially strong when overlapping groups are cognitively distant. We study the historical mechanisms of team reassembly in the video game industry. We collected data on 12,422 video games and the career histories of 139,727 video game developers.

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2014

Bruszt, Laszlo, and Vedres Balazs.
"Associating, mobilizing, politicizing: local developmental agency from without."
Theory and Society, 42(1): 1-23.

Decades of increase in external aid programs sparked a wide range of criticisms pointing to misaligned interests, lack of accountability, and the reproduction of developmental traps. The success of development from without is more likely if it generates domestic developmental agency. In this article, we contribute by conceptualizing and measuring dimensions of this agency, and we analyze the strategic case of European Union regional development programs in Eastern Europe.

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2013

Balazs Vedres, and Marco Scotti (editors).
Networks in Social Policy Problems.
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge UK.

Network science is the key to managing social communities, designing the structure of efficient organizations and planning for sustainable development. This book applies network science to contemporary social policy problems: innovation, corruption and institutional capture, governance of global finance, and transitions in the global economic system.

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2012

David Stark and Balazs Vedres.
"Political Holes in the Economy: The Business Network of Partisan Firms in Hungary."
American Sociological Review 77(5):700-722.

This article redirects attention from the question of how business ties have an impact on politics to the question of how political ties have an impact on business. Specifically, do divisions within the field of politics become divisions in the field of business networks? To study co-evolution of political and economic fields, we conducted a historical network analysis of the relationship between firm-to-party ties and firm-to-firm ties in the Hungarian economy.

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2012


WORKS

VIDEO GAME DESIGNERS
Research project

Together with Mathijs De Vaan and David Stark we analyzed the career moves of hundreds of thousands of vide game developers, as they move from project to project in the history of video games.

BONDWEAVER
Co-founder, product manager

Bondweaver provides network science tools to organizations to manage and empower their key bonds.

GRAVITALENT
Co-founder, product team member

Gravitalent is a serious gameing company, that provides a game-based soft-skills assessment to organizations in hiring situations.



CONTACT

Email
vedresb@ceu.hu

Adress
Nador utca 9
Budapest, 1051
Hungary.

Phone
+36 1 327 3000

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