Research

My academic research has cut across different parts of the Physics spectrum. During my Undergrad and Masters degrees at the University of Canterbury I studied experimental Physics specializing in Nanotechnology. At Oxford I moved to the more theoretical field of Statistical Physics and Agent Based Modeling where I earned a PhD for my thesis ‘Networks, complexity and the mathematics of war’. Following this I took up a Research Fellowship at the Saïd Business School in Oxford where I focused on the quantitative analysis of conflict. A selection of my publications are listed below;

Journal Papers

S. Gourley
Locating Your Next Strategic Opportunity
Harvard Business Review (1 March 2011)

J. C. Bohorquez, S. Gourley, A. R. Dixon, M. Spagat, N. F. Johnson
Common Ecology Quantifies Human Insurgency
Nature, Vol. 462, No. 7275. (17 December 2009), pp. 911-914

A non-subscription (pre-publication) version of the Nature paper can be found here (pdf) . If you want more details on this paper including information on the modeling, data, statistical analysis, then you can download a copy of the supplementary info here (pdf).

J.-P. Onnela, N. F. Johnson, S. Gourley, G. Reinert, and M. Spagat
Sampling bias due to structural heterogeneity and limited internal diffusion
Europhysics Letters (2009).

N. F. Johnson, M. Spagat, S. Gourley, J.-P. Onnela, G. Reinert
Bias in epidemiological studies of conflict mortality
Journal of Peace Research (2008).

S. Gourley, N. F. Johnson
Effects of decision-making on the transport costs across complex networks
Physica A (2006).

S. Gourley, N.F. Johnson
Decision-making and congestion in complex networks
Complex Systems, Spie-Int Society Optical Engineering (2006).

S. Gourley, S.C. Choe, P. M. Hui, N. F. Johnson
Effects of Local Connectivity in a Competitive Population with Limited Resources
Europhys. Lett. (2004).

M. Schulze, S. Gourley, S. A. Brown, A. Dunbar, J. Partridge, R. J. Blaikie
Electrical Measurements of Nanoscale Bismuth Cluster Films
Eur. Phys. J. D. (2003).

F. Khan, S. A. Brown, A. Liu, S. Gourley, V. Christie, O. Dickie, R. J. Reeves
Photoconductivity Spectra From N-Doped GaN: Evidence For Two Distinct Types Of Donors
Solid State Electronics (2003).

Book Chapters

S. Gourley, N. F. Johnson
Decision-making and transport costs in complex networks
Traffic and Granular Flow’05, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, 187 (2006).

S. C. Choe, S. Gourley, N. F. Johnson, P. M. Hui
Theoretical Analysis of Local Information Transmission in Competitive Populations
Economics and Heterogeneous Interacting Agents, Springer Verlag (2005).

N. F. Johnson, S. C. Choe, S. Gourley, T. Jarrett, P. M. Hui
Crowd Effects in Competitive, Multi-Agent Populations and Networks
Non-Linear Dynamics and Heterogeneous Interacting AgentsSpringer Verlag, Heidelberg, (2005).

N. F. Johnson, S. C. Choe, S. Gourley, T. Jarrett, P. M. Hui
Theory of Collective Dynamics in Multi-Agent Complex Systems
Advances in Solid State Physics, Springer Verlag, (2004).