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Simon obtained his License (BA) at University Claude Bernard in Lyon (France) where he studied both Computer Science and Biology. Simon received his master’s in Cognitive Science at the EPHE in Paris (France), and another in History and Philosophy of Science in Paris Diderot (France). Simon received his PhD from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona (Spain).  Following this, Simon was a postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Dynamic of Social Complexity and at the Department of Anthropology of the University of Tennesse, Knoxville (US).


Combining Evolutionary Theory and Computer models, Simon explores how Human Culture spreads and changes through time, at different spatial and temporal scales. During his PhD he developed models to study trade in the Roman Empire, and also applied similar techniques to understand the spread of information in actual social network, or to understand the theoretical impact that different kind of human social interactions can have on the emergence and evolution of complex social constructions.


Key publications: 
- Carrignon, Simon, R. Alexander Bentley, and Damian Ruck. "Modelling rapid online cultural transmission: Evaluating neutral models on twitter data with approximate bayesian computation." Palgrave Communications 5.1 (2019): 1-9.

- Carrignon, Simon, Tom Brughmans, and Iza Romanowska. "Tableware trade in the Roman East: Exploring cultural and economic transmission with agent-based modelling and approximate Bayesian computation." PloS one 15.11 (2020): e0240414.

- Carrignon, Simon, Jean-Marc Montanier, and Xavier Rubio-Campillo. "Modelling the co-evolution of trade and culture in past societies." 2015 Winter Simulation Conference (WSC). IEEE, 2015.





Job Titles

Research Associate, McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research

General Info

Not available for consultancy
Research Expertise / Fields of study: 
Human Evolution
Computational and Quantitative Archaeology
Cultural Evolution

Contact Details

sc2297 [at]


Person keywords: 
cultural evolution, evolutionary anthropology, computer modelling, quantitative archaeology
Human Evolutionary Studies
Geographical areas: 
East Asia
Periods of interest: 
Classical - Roman