Markus Brede is an associate professor of computer science at the University of Southampton. After receiving a PhD in theoretical physics at the university of Leipzig (Germany) he has worked as a postdoctoral researcher and later research scientist at the Complex Systems Science group at Atmospheric Research of CSIRO (Australia) and then joined the Agents, Interaction, and Complexity group of ECS at the university of Southampton.
The main focus of his research is on theoretical work on the structure and dynamics of complex networks and interdisciplinary applications of network science and dynamical systems. Examples of past work range from theoretical work on optimal network configurations subject to various constraints, synchronization of non-linear oscillators, evolutionary game theory, and network control in relation to spreading processes on networks. Previous applied work has spanned various disciplines, with recent work on, e.g., the game theory of climate change, coupling models of economic and climate dynamics, dynamical systems modeling of historical societies, the stability of ecological systems, banking regulation, network models of language learning, and the modeling of consensus formation in social systems.