Alexander M. Petersen

University of California Merced
School of Engineering

Ernest and Julio Gallo Management Program
MIST - Management of Innovation,
Sustainability and Technology

Assistant professor in the Management Program at the University of California Merced. Before joining UC Merced, I was an assistant professor at the IMT Lucca in Italy, and prior to that, I spent my doctoral years at Boston University where I received my Ph. D. in Physics in May 2011 (Advisor: H. Eugene Stanley).

My research is primarily data-oriented, focusing on the evolution of large multiscale socio-economic systems by applying concepts and methods from complex systems, statistical physics, and management and innovation science.

Recent Activity

  • O. A. Doria Arrieta, F. Pammolli, A. M. Petersen, Quantifying the negative impact of brain drain on the integration of European science. Science Advances
    Video credits: "EU expansion in 2004 and 2007 led to a 'brain drain' from newer to older EU members." | Carla Schaffer / AAAS
  • A. M. Petersen, M. Puliga, High-skilled labour mobility in Europe before and after the 2004 enlargement. Journal of the Royal Society Interface (Cover article)
  • A. M. Petersen, Quantifying the distribution of editorial power and manuscript decision bias at the mega-journal PLOS ONE. SSRN e-print:2901272
  • R. K. Pan, A. M. Petersen, F. Pammolli, S. Fortunato, The Memory of Science: Inflation, Myopia, and the Knowledge Network. ArXiv e-print:1607.05606

Research Interests

  • Career growth, longevity, output, collaboration in science
  • Growth, life-cycles, and coevolution in complex systems
  • Spatial mobility and innovation networks
  • Models of science, scientometrics, citation statistics
  • Stochastic models of financial markets, public debt, bankruptcy
  • Stochastic opinion formation models
  • Quantifying competition and achievement in professional sports



UC Merced
School of Engineering 2
Suite 315
5200 N. Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343

Social Sciences and Managment Building (SSM)
Second floor, 206B

skype: petersenalex