Research Interests: Theoretical sociology, Organization theory, Economic sociology, Mathematical sociology, Game-theoretic models in the social sciences, New political economy and public choice, Philosophy.
Werner Raub is Senior Research Fellow of Nuffield College and a Professor of Sociology at Utrecht University and the Interuniversity Center for Social Science Theory and Methodology (ICS).
His research and teaching cover a variety of areas in theoretical sociology, applications of mathematical models in sociology as well as other social sciences, organization studies and economic sociology, experimental research, and topics on the interface of analytical social science and philosophy. His work includes choice-based models, including but not restricted to rational choice models and applications of game-theoretic models and game-theoretically inspired reasoning. Advocating the use of complementary research designs such as surveys, experiments, and quasi-experimental designs for repeated tests of the same hypotheses and implementing this approach in empirical studies, he contributes to integrating formal theoretical models and quantitative empirical research in sociology. Quite some of his work focuses on voluntary cooperation and on mechanisms that support voluntary cooperation in social and economic life. He is specifically interested in how social networks affect voluntary cooperation.
Raub has held appointments at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg and Utrecht University. Visiting appointments (selection): University of Chicago, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences (NIAS). He serves as Dean of Social and Behavioral Sciences of Utrecht University since 2012.