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Dr. K.P. (Petter) Törnberg

Postdoctoral VENI researcher in Digital Geography
Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences
GPIO : Urban Geographies

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  • Nieuwe Achtergracht 166
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  • Profile

    Petter Törnberg studies political and cultural conflicts in digital and urban spaces. He is currently pursuing an NWO VENI project on the production of urban place on digital platforms, studying urban representation in large-scale textual data through a critical, interpretative, pluralist, and explanative approach.

    Petter is in Urban Geographies at AISSR. He has a background in complexity theory and computer science, and has previously worked as postdoc for four years in Sociology at UvA.

    For publications, see Google Scholar or ResearchGate. To connect, see Twitter.

  • Publications


    • Keuchenius, A., Törnberg, K. P., & Uitermark, J. L. (2021). Why it is important to consider negative ties when studying polarized debates: A signed network analysis of a Dutch cultural controversy on Twitter. PLoS ONE, 16(8), [e0256696].
    • Keuchenius, A., Törnberg, P., & Uitermark, J. (2021). Adoption and adaptation: A computational case study of the spread of Granovetter's weak ties hypothesis. Social Networks, 66, 10-25.
    • Törnberg, P., & Uitermark, J. (2021). For a heterodox computational social science. Big Data and Society, 8(2).
    • Törnberg, P., & Uitermark, J. (2021). Tweeting ourselves to death: the cultural logic of digital capitalism. Media, Culture and Society.
    • Törnberg, P., Andersson, C., Lindgren, K., & Banisch, S. (2021). Modeling the emergence of affective polarization in the social media society. PLoS ONE, 16, [e0258259].
    • van Vliet, L., Törnberg, P., & Uitermark, J. (2021). Political Systems and Political Networks: The Structure of Parliamentarians’ Retweet Networks in 19 Countries. International Journal of Communication, 15, 2156-2176.



    • Andersson, C., & Törnberg, P. (2019). Toward a Macroevolutionary Theory of Human Evolution: The Social Protocell. Biological Theory, 14(2), 86-102. [details]
    • Andersson, C., Törnberg, A., & Törnberg, P. (2019). Wicked systems and the friction between “old theory and new data” in biology, social science and archaeology. In A. C. Love, & W. C. Wimsatt (Eds.), Beyond the Meme: Development and Structure in Cultural Evolution (pp. 470-498). (Minnesota Studies in the Philosophy of Science). University of Minnesota Press.
    • Chiappini, L., & Törnberg, P. (2019). Deus ex machina: makerspaces in Milan and their transformative potential. In J. Kaae Fisker, L. Chiappini, L. Pugalis, & A. Bruzzese (Eds.), The Production of Alternative Urban Spaces: An International Dialogue (pp. 73-92). (Regions and Cities; Vol. 130). Routledge. [details]
    • Giabbanelli, P. J., Castellani, B., Voinov, A. A., & Törnberg, P. (2019). Ideal, best, and emerging practices in creating artificial societies. In 2019 Spring Simulation Conference (SpringSim) IEEE.
    • Törnberg, P., & Törnberg, A. (2019). Minding the gap between culture and connectivity: Laying the foundations for a relational mixed methods social network analysis. In Mixed Methods Social Network Analysis: Theories and Methodologies in Learning and Education (pp. 58-71). Taylor and Francis Inc..




    • Andersson, C., & Törnberg, P. (2016). Fidelity and the speed of the treadmill: The combined impact of population size, transmission fidelity, and selection on the accumulation of cultural complexity. American Antiquity, 81(3), 576-590.
    • Törnberg, A., & Törnberg, P. (2016). Combining CDA and topic modeling: Analyzing discursive connections between Islamophobia and anti-feminism on an online forum. Discourse and Society, 27(4), 401-422.
    • Törnberg, A., & Törnberg, P. (2016). Muslims in social media discourse: Combining topic modeling and critical discourse analysis. Discourse, Context and Media, 13, 132-142.




    • Tornberg, P. (2020). NWO Veni "Seeing the city through digital platforms".

    Talk / presentation

    • Törnberg, K. P. (speaker) (17-9-2017). The Gendered Selfie: Studying Gender on Social Media, Conference on Complex Systems. Cancun, Mexico, Cancun.
    • Törnberg, K. P. (invited speaker) (2017). Complexity and the Social, UvA/Spui 25.
    • Törnberg, A. (invited speaker) & Törnberg, K. P. (invited speaker) (2017). Mixed-methods Digital Research: Complexity and the Digital World, DigSum at Umeå University, Sweden..
    • Törnberg, K. P. (invited speaker) (2017). The Social Complexity of Digital Data, ECCO/GBI. VUB. Brussels.
    • Chiappini, L. (invited speaker) & Törnberg, K. P. (invited speaker) (2017). Gentrification issues between North and South, East and West: Case study on gentrification processes through the lens of digital data, Politecnico di Milano, architectural department.


    • Törnberg, K. P. (organiser) (15-11-2017). “Quantitative Tools for Qualitative Analysis: Computational Social Science meets Discourse Analysis” at “European Symposium Series on Societal Challenges in Computational Social Science”, London (organising a conference, workshop, ...).



    • Keuchenius, A., Törnberg, P. & Uitermark, J. (17-8-2021). Data for ''Why it is important to consider negative ties when studying polarized debates on Twitter: a signed network analysis of a Dutch cultural controversy on Twitter". Universiteit van Amsterdam.


    • Keuchenius, A., Uitermark, J. & Tornberg, P. (25-5-2020). Data for "Adoption and Adaptation: A Computational Case Study of the Spread of Granovetter’s Weak Ties Hypothesis". Universiteit van Amsterdam.
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