Fariba Karimi

Fariba Karimi

Department Computational Social Science
Team Data Science

Unter Sachsenhausen 6-8

Phone:+49 (221) 47694-239
Fax:+49 (221) 47694-199


Fariba Karimi is postdoctoral researcher at GESIS - the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (Germany) since March 2015. She received her PhD degree in Physics and Computational Science from Umea University in 2015. Her PhD thesis was about spreading processes in networks and especially temporal networks. Prior to that, she received her master degree in Physics from Lund University in 2010.

She is an active member of German Physics Society (DPG) and a member of Complex System Society Council [Link].

You can find the complete list of publications in Google Scholar profile.


  • She is supervising a master thesis related to citation biases for women and minorities.
  • She is currently teaching master-level course on "Network Theory and Dynamic Systems" at Koblenz-Landau University. Link
  • In 2016, she co-organized "Dynamics On and Of Complex Networks" satellite in Conference on Complex Systems. Link
  • In 2015, she organized winter Symposium Workshop on "Application of Network Theory on Computational Social Science" at GESIS. Link


The focus of her research is on network-theoretic approaches. Currently she is investigating the impact of network structure on the ranking and visibility of groups and minorities. In addition she is analyzing network structure of academic collaboration with regards to gender differences and academic success.

Journal article

Karimi, Fariba, and Raddant Matthias. 2016. "Cascades in real interbank markets." doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10614-014-9478-z.

Samoilenko, Anna, Fariba Karimi, Daniel Edler, Jérôme Kunegis, and Markus Strohmaier. 2016. "Linguistic neighbourhoods: explaining cultural borders on Wikipedia through multilingual co-editing activity." EPJ Data Science 5 (9). doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1140/epjds/s13688-016-0070-8.

Karimi, Fariba, Bohlin Ludvig, Anna Samoilenko, Rosvall Martin, and Lancichinetti Andrea. 2015. "Mapping bilateral information interests using the activity of Wikipedia editors.." Palgrave Communications 1 15041.

Sircova, Anna, Fariba Karimi, Evgeny N. Osin, Sungmin Lee, Petter Holme, and Daniel Strömbom. 2015. "Simulating irrational human behavior to prevent resource depletion." PLoS ONE. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0117612.

Karimi, Fariba, and Holme Petter. 2013. "A temporal network version of watts’s cascade model."

Karimi, Fariba, and Holme Petter. 2013. "Threshold model of cascades in empirical temporal networks." doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.physa.2013.03.050.

Contribution to edited volume

Karimi, Fariba, Claudia Wagner, Florian Lemmerich, Mohsen Jadidi, and Markus Strohmaier. 2016. "Poster on Inferring Gender from Names on the Web: A Comparative Evaluation of Gender Detection Methods." In Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on World Wide Web, WWW 2016, Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 2016, edited by Jacqueline Bourdeau, Jim Hendler, Roger Nkambou, Ian Horrocks, and Ben Y. Zhao, ACM 2016 Companion Volume, 53-54. New York: ACM.

Working and discussion paper

Karimi, Fariba. 2015. Tightly knit: spreading processes in empirical temporal networks.

Contribution not at conference

Singer, Philipp, Claudia Wagner, Fariba Karimi, Jürgen Pfeffer, and Markus Strohmaier. 2016. "Poster on Evidence of sampling bias in homophilic and heterophilic networks." 3rd GESIS Computational Social Science Winter Symposium.


Samoilenko, Anna, Fariba Karimi, Daniel Edler, Jérôme Kunegis, and Markus Strohmaier. 2016. Linguistic neighbourhoods: Explaining cultural borders on Wikipedia through multilingual co-editing activity. Best Poster Award. Wroclaw: NetSciX Conference 2016. https://www.hashdoc.com/documents/174797/what-s-your-local-lingua-franca-quantifying-cultural-similarity-through-wikipedia-activity#.