Vincent Traag is a senior researcher at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of Leiden University in the Netherlands. He leads the research line on modelling the research system within the Quantitative Science Studies (QSS) research group. His main interests are mathematical models in the social sciences with a focus on (social) networks. In addition to his scientific research, Traag also acts as a bibliometric consultant at the CWTS.
Traag obtained his Master in sociology (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam (2008). Coming from a computer science background, and taking up mathematics during his studies in sociology, he went on to obtain a PhD in applied mathematics in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (2013). During his PhD he studied methods for detecting communities in complex networks, resulting in a Python software package. In addition, he applied this methodology in several fields across the (social) sciences, ranging from citation networks to international relations. He joined the CWTS in 2015.
More information can be found on his personal website.