Dr. Laurence Brandenberger


ETH Zurich
Laurence Brandenberger
Chair of Systems Design
WEV G 213
Weinbergstrasse 56/58
8092 Zurich

I study legislative behavior and parliamentary networks. I am particularly interested in the temporal dynamics of political actors working together, for instance looking at how long it takes for a member of parliament to reciprocate a favor by a colleague. Furthermore, I study how political actors change their political positions over time and influence each other.

As a quantitative social scientist, I use Relational Event Models (REMs), Exponential Random Graph Models (ERGMs) and temporal variations thereof (so-called TERGMs or BTERGMs) and conventional regressions for my analyses.

Prior to starting at the Chair of Systems Design, a received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Bern and a Master's degree in Sociology from the University of Bern.



Publications in

Predicting Network Events to Assess Goodness of Fit of Relational Event Models

Brandenberger, Laurence

Political Analysis, pages: 556-571, volume: 27, number: 4


Quantifying Triadic Closure in Multi-Edge Social Networks

Brandenberger, Laurence; Casiraghi, Giona; Nanumyan, Vahan; Schweitzer, Frank

ASONAM '19: Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE/ACM International Conference on Advances in Social Networks Analysis and Mining


Trading Favors – Examining the Temporal Dynamics of Reciprocity in Congressional Collaborations Using Relational Event Models

Brandenberger, Laurence

Social Networks, pages: 238–253, volume: 54


Networks and Social Influence in European Legislative Politics

Malang, Thomas,; Brandenberger, Laurence; Leifeld, Philip

British Journal of Political Science, pages: 1475 - 1498, volume: 49, number: 4




HONS 2020 [Sept. 17, 2020 - Sept. 17, 2020]

NetSci 2020


Introduction to Network Regression Models for multi-edge/weighted networks using the ghypernet-package in R [Sept. 12, 2019]

Workshop hosted @ EUSN 2019 -- Zürich, Switzerland

Introduction to multi-edge network inference in R using the ghypernet-package [Sept. 2, 2019]

Workshop @ Euro CSS 2019 -- Zürich, Switzerland