Professor Nigel Gilbert is a computational social scientist with a background in engineering. He was one of the first to use agent-based models in the social sciences, in the early 1990s, and has since published widely on the methodology underlying computer modelling, and on the application of simulation for applied problems such as understanding commercial innovation, managing environmental resources such as energy and water, and supporting public policy decision-making. He founded and is Director of the Centre for Research in Social Simulation.
He was the founding editor of the Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation. He is the author of Agent-Based Models (Sage, 2008, second edition forthcoming, 2020), a co-author of Simulation for the Social Scientist (UCL Press, 2005), and the editor of Computational Social Science (Sage, 2010).
He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours of 2016 for services to engineering and the social sciences. He is a Director of CECAN Ltd
He is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Chartered Engineer, and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and of the Royal Society of Arts.