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Themis Dimitra Xanthopoulou

PhD Research Fellow

A2122 ( Jon Lilletuns vei 9, Grimstad )


I entered academia in search of environmental solutions (Project "Production of green Nanozerovalent Iron using Plant extracts and Fruit Juices"). My quest lead me to investigate coupled environmental human systems (Project "Socio-hydraulic analysis of a past Omani irrigation system" and "Understanding Ancient Water Systems using Agent-Based Modeling"). The significance of social factors in ecological issues motivated me to understand social systems better (Computer Tools for Modeling Religious and Social Conflict). Computer modelling and agent-based methods, in particular, is a grounded approach for my work though I do miss sometimes working in a laboratory. 

Current work

In our current project, we research modelling social interactions with an interest in bullying dynamics. Our work demands interdisciplinary collaboration. To tackle communication issues, we have assigned part of the project in building a tool. The collaborators in the project write in simple English their understanding of the social situation, and the tool transforms it into a social model. 

About Interdisciplinary work

Connecting different disciplines is fascinating and essential. My experience has taught me that what we seek in one scientific field might have already be answered in another! Building bridges in science takes time, and it is our responsibility to start the work. #unitedscience

Research interests


Social Conflict

Social Simulation

Interdisciplinary communication


Socio ecological systems

Environmental Engineering


Ancient irrigation

Courses and teaching

IKT445-G Generative programming

CN-2743 Success Unleash Yourself


Computer Tools for Modeling Religious and Social Conflict

"Understanding Ancient Water Systems using Agent-Based Modeling"  (Past)

Socio-hydraulic analysis of a past Omani irrigation system (Past)

Production of green Nanozerovalent Iron using Plant extracts and Fruit Juices (Past)

Selected publications

Understanding aspects of the Hohokam society with a modeling approach grounded on different datasets of the archaeological record Aug 2017, Oral presentation at the European Association of Archaeologists Meeting, Maastricht

Using hydraulic modeling to simulate human interactions with water resources in an Omani irrigation system http://adsabs.harvard.edu/abs/2017EGUGA..1912457X 

Statistical properties and Hurst-Kolmogorov dynamics in climatic proxy data and temperature reconstructions. https://doi.org/10.13140/rg.2.2.21134.56644  

Comparative evaluation of five plant extracts and juices for nanoiron synthesis and application for hexavalent chromium reduction. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2015.08.091



Scientific publications

  • Xanthopoulou, Themis Dimitra; Puga-Gonzalez, Ivan; Shults, F. LeRon; Prinz, Andreas (2020). Modeling Marginalization: Emergence, Social Physics, and Social Ethics of Bullying. Proceedings of the 2020 Spring Simulation Conference (SpringSim’20). ISBN: 978-1-56555-370-5. IEEE conference proceedings. Chapter.
  • Xanthopoulou, Themis Dimitra; Prinz, Andreas; Shults, F. LeRon (2019). Generating Executable Code from High-Level Social or Socio-Ecological Model Descriptions. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS). ISSN: 0302-9743. 11753 LNCSs 150 - 162. doi:10.1007/978-3-030-30690-8_9.
  • Prinz, Andreas; Schmidt, Michael; Xanthopoulou, Themis Dimitra; Isabwe, Ghislain Maurice Norbert (2021). How to be different - mindset and tools.
  • Shults, F. LeRon; Xanthopoulou, Themis Dimitra (2020). Modeling Marginalization: The emergence, social physics, and social ethics of bullying.
  • Xanthopoulou, Themis Dimitra; Prinz, Andreas (2020). Tutorial: ODD2ABM – Creation of NetLogo Agent-Based Models from a Formalised ODD.
  • Xanthopoulou, Themis Dimitra; Prinz, Andreas; Shults, F. LeRon; Puga-Gonzalez, Ivan; Lund, Ingrid (2019). Social Simulation of University Bullying.
  • Xanthopoulou, Themis Dimitra; Prinz, Andreas; Shults, F. LeRon; Puga-Gonzalez, Ivan (2018). An agent-based model of bullying dynamics.

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