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Cambridge Personality and Social Dynamics Research Group


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Andrés Gvirtz is a PhD student at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He is funded by a shared Economic Social Research Council (ESRC) and Peterhouse Scholarship, is an Honorary Vice-Chancellor Award Holder at the Cambridge Trust and an Alumni of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung).

His research is in the field of computational social science, combining large-scale personality surveys with geo-tagged information. Currently, he is investigating the link between neighbourhood personalities and local amenities. In general, he has an interest in spatial analysis, with his novel method to control for spatial change in longitudinal analysis being used, e.g. by the Joint Economic Committee of the United States Congress.

Before coming to the University of Cambridge he worked as a Research Assistant for Prof. Peters at Yale University, Prof. Fiedler at Heidelberg University, Prof. Nakayama, Chair of Harvard University's Psychology Department, Prof. Cutting, Chair of Cornell’s Psychology Department, Prof. Stewart at Clark University and Prof. Ahissar at the Weizmann Institute of Science. Additionally, he worked as a consultant/analyst for McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group, UBS and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Andrés previously read Psychology as a scholar of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung) and the Gerhard C. Starck Foundation, at King’s College, Cambridge, receiving his MPhil under supervision of Dr Rentfrow in 2019. He received his undergraduate degree in Psychology and Economics from Clark University, where he graduated Summa Cum Laude as commencement speaker with Phi Beta Kappa.

Outside of the research group, Andrés enjoys rowing and floorball. Despite being the son of a musicologist and historian of art, he cannot really play an instrument or paint very well - but truly enjoys attending concerts and visiting modern art exhibitions.