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Achim Edelmann recently habilitated in sociology at the University of Bern on the topic "Structure and Culture: Computational and Formal Approaches". He holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Cambridge. Before coming to Bern, he was a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley and a Postdoctoral Trainee at the Duke Network Analysis Center.

Achim specializes in the sociology of culture, social networks, and computational methods. His work focuses on the structure-culture link in sociology and on the co-evolution of scientific ideas and public debates. This includes projects on the interaction between cultural meanings and social networks, scientists' public support of risky science, and the semantic and narrative meanings in career interviews. In his work, he increasingly collects and analyzes new forms of large-scale data using relational databases and cloud computing.