The Oxford Summer School in Economic Networks


The Oxford Summer School in Economic Networks will bring together students from a range of disciplines for a week to learn about the techniques, applications and impact of network theory in economics and development. We will have globally leading experts guide lectures and interactive workshops on topics such as social networks, games and learning, financial networks, economic complexity and urban systems.

We look forward to welcoming a large number of world renowned experts in economic networks and complexity science. Confirmed speakers for the 2018 edition include Prof Fernando Vega-Redondo, Prof Mihaela van der Schaar, Prof Doyne Farmer, Prof Rama Cont, Prof Pete Grindrod, Prof Renaud Lambiotte, Dr Elsa Arcaute and Dr Taha Yasseri

Dates: June 25-29, 2018

Location: Mathematical Institute and Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford


  • This school is targeted towards graduate students (Masters/PhD) from Mathematics, Statistics, Economics, Social Sciences, Geography, Development, and Public Policy. Other disciplines welcome. 
  • Admission is currently by application only (see below for details). 
  • We will admit a small number of outstanding undergraduates. 
  • We welcome applications from young professionals at policy institutions/central banks etc with the pre-requisite academic background.
  • There are no geographical restrictions - you may be a student/young scholar at any university world-wide. 
  • You will need some mathematical/computational background (in particular, familiarity with university level linear algebra and dynamical systems, and some coding experience). Experience with networks is an advantage but not compulsory.
  • Practical tutorials will be held in Matlab. We will cater for Matlab beginners, but students are expected work on their own laptop and have a Matlab installation from their home institution.


  • The registration fee including all tuiton and social events will be 200 pounds sterling. Note: this does not include meals or accommodation. It does include social events (see agenda below).
  • To be considered for a place, please apply via this link by March 15th, 2018. You will need a 2 page CV and 1 page cover letter combined into a single 3 page PDF. 
  • If accepted, you will need to pay the fee within 2 weeks of acceptance. This payment deadline can occasionally be extended by special request. 


  • Summer accommodation in Oxford fills up fast! Affordable university college rooms may be available here.
  • We will have a small number of accommodation bursaries (full or part payment of accommodation in a college room for 5 nights, June 25th-29th). To be considered for a bursary, please select that option when you apply for a place.

Organising team: Neave O'Clery (Chair, Mathematical Institute), Francois Lafond (Institute for New Economic Thinking), Mariano Beguerisse (Mathematical Institute), Penny Mealy (Institute for New Economic Thinking),  Nils Rochowicz (Economics), Hattie Moody (Mathematical Institute)

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                                                      OUTLINE OF THE AGENDA 2017

Outline of the agenda for the Oxford Summer School in Economic Networks in 2017. The agenda for the 2018 edition will follow a similar format but their will be some changes to both topics and speakers. More information coming soon. 

  • Intro to networks with Prof Mauricio Barahona (Imperial College)
    • Overview of the development of network science, and the diversity of applications and impact
    • Examples of successful applications of networks in social science and economics
  • Network analysis with Dr Mariano Beguerisse and Dr François Lafond (University of Oxford)
    • Basics of networks: types of networks, representation as matrices, basic properties. 
    • Models of network growth, random graphs
    • Random walks and diffusion processes on networks
    • Node centrality metrics
    • Community detection algorithms
    • Tutorials: Network analysis using Matlab, and network visualisation using Gephi
  • Social networks, games and learning
  • Economic complexity and development with Dr Neave O’Clery (University of Oxford)
    • A capability based model of economic growth
    • Industry and product networks to study knowledge structure and model economic diversification paths
    • Tutorial: Using network models for industrial policy with Penny Mealy (University of Oxford)  
  • Financial and production networks
    • Financial contagion with Prof Sujit Kapadia (Bank of England)
    • Agent-based modelling with Prof Doyne Farmer (University of Oxford)
    • Production networks with Prof Vasco Carvalho (Cambridge University)
    • Tutorial: Modelling interbank flows and volatility in the financial system
    • Policy debate: What role does complexity science have in economic forecasting? With panellists Prof Doyne Farmer (University of Oxford), Dr Stephen Kinsella (University of Limerick), Prof Sujit Kapadia (Bank of England) and Dr Rosa Fernandez (UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy). Chaired by Prof Dariusz Wojcik (University of Oxford). This event will take place at the Mathematical Institute,  Radcliffe Observatory Quarter, Woodstock Rd, Oxford OX2 6GG in lecture room L2 on the lower level from 3.45-5.30pm on June 29th. 
  • Urban systems with Dr Elsa Arcaute (University College London) and Prof Peter Grindrod (University of Oxford)
    • Scaling laws
    • Big data analytics in the urban sciences
    • Transport and infrastructure networks
    • Tutorial: Urban systems
  • Social events
    • College dinner at Somerville College
    • Walking tour of Oxford 
    • Punting on the river Cherwell