School of Social and Political Science

Tod Van Gunten

Job Title

Lecturer in Economic Sociology


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Chrystal Macmillan Building

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15a George Square

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Research interests

Research interests

Economic Sociology, Political Sociology, Comparative/Historical Sociology, Social network analysis, International development, Globalization, Sociological Theory, Quantitative Methods, Qualitative Research Methods, Mixed methods research in social sciences

Topics interested in supervising

I am interested in supervising PhDs in economic, political and comparative/historical sociology that take a broad range of methodological approaches, both qualitative and quantitative. In addition, I am interested in working with students using social network analysis, computational text analysis, and other innovative quantitative methods, on a wide array of topics. For PhD supervision inquiries, please contact me at latest by October 1st of year before you hope to begin your PhD (e.g. by 1st October 2021 for a PhD to begin in September 2022). Earlier than this is better. After this date I am unlikely to be able to offer supervision in a timely manner for PhD funding applications. I expect to work with applicants for at least two months in developing their research proposals to improve applicants' chances of a funding award. Please bear in mind that PhD funding is extremely competitive.

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Staff Hours and Guidance

Tuesdays, 11:00-13:00

Publications by user content

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Van Gunten T. Mapping economists’ belief spaces using survey data. Œconomia - History, Methodology, Philosophy . 2023 Jun 1;13(2):517-557. doi: 10.4000/oeconomia.15158
Kozlowski AC, Van Gunten TS. Are economists overconfident? Ideology and uncertainty in expert opinion. British Journal of Sociology. 2023 Jun;74(3):476-500. Epub 2023 Feb 15. doi: 10.1111/1468-4446.13001
Van Gunten TS. Analyzing online social networks. In Gregory K, editor, SAGE Research Methods: Doing Research Online. SAGE. 2022 Epub 2022 Jul 12. doi: 10.4135/9781529609585
Van Gunten TS, Kohl S. The inversion of the ‘really big trade-off’: Homeownership and pensions in long-run perspective. In Johnston A, Kurzer P, editors, Bricks in the Wall: The Politics of Housing in Europe. 1 ed. Routledge. 2021. (West European Politics). Epub 2021 Mar 30.
Van Gunten T. Visualizing the network structure of COVID-19 in Singapore. Socius. 2021 Mar 9;7:1-3. doi: 10.1177/23780231211000171
Van Gunten T, Kohl S. The inversion of the ‘really big trade-off’: Homeownership and pensions in long-run perspective. West European Politics. 2020 Feb;43(2):435-463. Epub 2019 May 24. doi: 10.1080/01402382.2019.1609285
Van Gunten TS. Gregory W. Fuller: The Political Economy of Housing Financialization. Intergenerational Justice Review. 2020;6(1):30-32. doi: 10.24357/igjr.6.1.797
Van Gunten T, Navot E. Varieties of indebtedness: Financialization and mortgage market institutions in Europe. Social Science Research. 2018 Feb;70:90-106. Epub 2017 Dec 2. doi: 10.1016/j.ssresearch.2017.11.005
van Gunten TS. Washington dissensus: Ambiguity and conflict at the international monetary fund. Socio-Economic Review. 2017 Jan 1;15(1):65-84. Epub 2015 Dec 30. doi: 10.1093/ser/mwv032
Van Gunten TS, Martin JL, Teplitsky M. Consensus, polarization, and alignment in the economics profession. Sociological Science. 2016 Dec 5;3:1028-1052. doi: 10.15195/v3.a45
Van Gunten TS. Cohesion, consensus, and conflict: Technocratic elites and financial crisis in Mexico and Argentina. International Journal of Comparative Sociology. 2016 Jan 19;56(5):366-390. doi: 10.1177/0020715215626238
Van Gunten TS. Cycles of polarization and settlement: Diffusion and transformation in the macroeconomic policy field. Theory and Society. 2015 Jul;44(4):321-354. Epub 2015 Jun 12. doi: 10.1007/s11186-015-9253-8
Levi Martin J, van Gunten T, Zablocki BD. Charisma, status, and gender in Groups with and without gurus. Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion. 2012 Mar 1;51(1):20-41. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-5906.2011.01633.x