The philosophy of our program is to train doctoral researchers by actively involving them in the activities of a research team. In this regard, our doctorate in the social complexity sciences resembles natural science doctorates, in which the doctoral student joins a team within a laboratory. The principle behind this form of teaching is that scientific research is a skill that can only be learned through active participation in collaborative research teams with established lines of research .

The line of courses is designed in such a way that doctoral students quickly acquire a set of analytical tools that enable them to actively participate in a current project of the research network associated with the program. The PhD student will be offered co-authorship in articles from the projects in which it participates. As a result of his participation in research projects, the transition from doctoral student to his personal research will be smooth. It is hoped that the experience gained will allow finishing his doctoral thesis successfully and timely, always under the close supervision of their advisor and with the support of the research unit that the doctoral student joins. The student is expected to produce three publishable articles in ISI journals (at least one of them must be as first author). It is also expected that students participate in instances where research output is transfered to areas of social and productive development of our country. The main areas of policy transfer are associated with common resource management and/or public goods.

Research Lines

Once students have completed their methodological and disciplinary training , the student will be introduced to areas of study in which the student could potentially develop their thesis work . Areas of study and their respective areas of research are:

1. Foundations of human behavior

  • Social Neuroscience
  • Evolution of human behavior
  • Behavioral economics

2. Institutions

  • Communities of knowledge
  • Commons
  • Urban systems
  • Political Economy

3. Social dynamics

  • Social networks
  • Historical processes
  • Sociophysics and Biocomplexity

Internships in International and National Research Centers

The CICS has a network of active collaboration with a number of research centers in analytical social sciences, both international and national. As part of their training , doctoral students will make a research internship at one of the centers participating in the research network of academics involved in the program:

International: Santa Fe Institute , MIT Media Lab , University of California, Santa Bárbara (UCSB)-Center for Evolutionary Psychology , Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School , Duke University, Political Science , Carnegie Mellon University, Department of Social and Decision Sciences.

National : Catholic University of Chile, Department of Ecology and Psychology (Neuroscience), University of Valparaiso, Neuroscience Research Center.