Dr Fabian Held

BA Bayreuth MSc Munich PhD Sydney
Research Associate in Computational Modelling

Member of the Charles Perkins Centre

F02 - Baxter's Lodge
The University of Sydney

Telephone ​+61 2 8627 0427

Website Fabian's Blog

Biographical details

As interdisciplinary lecturer in the Education Portfolio Fabian works at the intersection of disciplines to tackle complex problems. He holds a PhD in Marketing from the University of Sydney, an MSc in Statistics from the University of Munich and he studied "Philosophy & Economics" as an undergraduate. He worked as postdoctoral researcher at the Charles Perkins Centre tackling especially the complex social drivers of obesity. And as senior advisor in the Portfolio of the VP strategy, he helped shape the University’s long-term strategy. At the core of his teaching is the belief that interdisciplinary competence is an essential skill that we need to deal with complex problems. This skill is best trained through experience; therefore, he relies heavily on experiential learning in his undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA courses.

Research interests

Building on a comprehensive toolset of computational social science Fabian analyses complex networks of influence. Applications of this span the impact of corporate funding on research and health practice, engaging students by identifying learning opportunities, community coalitions for public health, data privacy concerns in mobile eco systems and healthy workplaces. Supporting the development of authentic project-based learning experiences, he is improving the opportunities for monitoring, feedback and scalability of experiential learning units.

  • Data Science
  • Social Network Analysis
  • Education Technology
  • Software Carpentry
  • Data Visualisation

Current projects

Selected grants

2018

  • Strengthening the evidence foundation for public health guidelines; Bero L, Allman-Farinelli M, Lawrence M, Scrinis G, McKenzie J, Held F, Gill T, Baur L, Nestle M, Raubenheimer D; National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)/Project Grants.

2017

  • Setting the standard for consumer data sharing practices of top-rated health apps; Grundy Q, Bero L, Holz R, Held F, Kay J, Allman-Farinelli M; DVC Research/Sydney Policy Lab.

Selected publications

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Book Chapters

  • Held, F., Wilkinson, I. (2018). Computer Simulation and Agent-Based Models as a Research Method. In Per Vagn Freytag, Louise Young (Eds.), Collaborative Research Design: Working with Business for Meaningful Findings, (pp. 377-398). Singapore: Springer. [More Information]
  • Wilkinson, I., Held, F., Marks, R., Young, L. (2014). Developing Agent-Based Models of Business Relations and Networks. In Robert Stocker, Terry Bossomaier (Eds.), Networks in Society: Links and Language, (pp. 113-140). Singapore: Pan Stanford Publishing. [More Information]

Journals

  • Grundy, Q., Chiu, K., Held, F., Continella, A., Bero, L., Holz, R. (2019). Data sharing practices of medicines related apps and the mobile ecosystem: Traffic, content, and network analysis. BMJ, 364, 1-11. [More Information]
  • Held, F., Roberts, C., Daly, M., Brunero, C. (2019). Learning relationships in community-based service-learning: A social network analysis. BMC Medical Education, 19(1). [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Held, F. (2019). Understanding the office: Using ecological momentary assessment to measure activities, posture, social interactions, mood, and work performance at the workplace. Buildings, 9(2), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Nishtala, P., Chyou, T., Held, F., Le Couteur, D., Gnjidic, D. (2018). Association rules method and big data: Evaluating frequent medication combinations associated with fractures in older adults. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 27(10), 1123-1130. [More Information]
  • Kirby, S., Held, F., Jones, D., Lyle, D. (2018). Growing health partnerships in rural and remote communities: what drives the joint efforts of primary schools and universities in maintaining service learning partnerships? Primary Health Care Research and Development, 19(5), 503-517. [More Information]
  • Grundy, Q., Held, F., Bero, L. (2017). A social network analysis of the financial links backing health and fitness apps. American Journal of Public Health, 107(11), 1783-1788. [More Information]
  • Chan, B., Reeve, E., Matthews, S., Carroll, P., Long, J., Held, F., Latt, M., Naganathan, V., Caplan, G., Hilmer, S. (2017). Medicine information exchange networks among healthcare professionals and prescribing in geriatric medicine wards. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 83(6), 1185-1196. [More Information]
  • Held, F., Le Couteur, D., Blyth, F., Hirani, V., Naganathan, V., Waite, L., Seibel, M., Handelsman, D., Cumming, R., Allore, H., Gnjidic, D. (2017). Polypharmacy in older adults: Association Rule and Frequent-Set Analysis to evaluate concomitant medication use. Pharmacological Research, 116, 39-44. [More Information]
  • Roberts, C., Daly, M., Held, F., Lyle, D. (2017). Social learning in a longitudinal integrated clinical placement. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 22(4), 1011-1029. [More Information]
  • Grundy, Q., Held, F., Bero, L. (2017). Tracing the potential flow of consumer data: A network analysis of prominent health and fitness apps. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(6), 1-13. [More Information]
  • Held, F., Blyth, F., Gnjidic, D., Hirani, V., Naganathan, V., Waite, L., Seibel, M., Rollo, J., Handelsman, D., Cumming, R., Le Couteur, D. (2016). Association Rules Analysis of Comorbidity and Multimorbidity: The Concord Health and Aging in Men Project. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 71(5), 625-631. [More Information]
  • Held, F., Wilkinson, I., Marks, R., Young, L. (2014). Agent-based Modelling, a new kind of research. Australasian Marketing Journal, 22(1), 4-14. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Held, F., Marks, R., Young, L., Wilkinson, I. (2010). Exploring the Dynamics of Economic Networks - First Steps of a Research Project. 3rd World Congress on Social Simulation WCSS 2010.
  • Held, F., Marks, R., Wilkinson, I., Young, L. (2010). Modelling the Dynamics of Relations and Networks in B2B Markets - First Steps of a Research Project. Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference ANZMAC 2010, New Zealand: Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, University of Canterbury.

Other

  • Held, F. (2014), Modelling the Evolution of Business Relationships and Networks as Complex Adaptive Systems. (Doctoral Thesis), University of Sydney. [More Information]

2019

  • Grundy, Q., Chiu, K., Held, F., Continella, A., Bero, L., Holz, R. (2019). Data sharing practices of medicines related apps and the mobile ecosystem: Traffic, content, and network analysis. BMJ, 364, 1-11. [More Information]
  • Held, F., Roberts, C., Daly, M., Brunero, C. (2019). Learning relationships in community-based service-learning: A social network analysis. BMC Medical Education, 19(1). [More Information]
  • Engelen, L., Held, F. (2019). Understanding the office: Using ecological momentary assessment to measure activities, posture, social interactions, mood, and work performance at the workplace. Buildings, 9(2), 1-13. [More Information]

2018

  • Nishtala, P., Chyou, T., Held, F., Le Couteur, D., Gnjidic, D. (2018). Association rules method and big data: Evaluating frequent medication combinations associated with fractures in older adults. Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, 27(10), 1123-1130. [More Information]
  • Held, F., Wilkinson, I. (2018). Computer Simulation and Agent-Based Models as a Research Method. In Per Vagn Freytag, Louise Young (Eds.), Collaborative Research Design: Working with Business for Meaningful Findings, (pp. 377-398). Singapore: Springer. [More Information]
  • Kirby, S., Held, F., Jones, D., Lyle, D. (2018). Growing health partnerships in rural and remote communities: what drives the joint efforts of primary schools and universities in maintaining service learning partnerships? Primary Health Care Research and Development, 19(5), 503-517. [More Information]

2017

  • Grundy, Q., Held, F., Bero, L. (2017). A social network analysis of the financial links backing health and fitness apps. American Journal of Public Health, 107(11), 1783-1788. [More Information]
  • Chan, B., Reeve, E., Matthews, S., Carroll, P., Long, J., Held, F., Latt, M., Naganathan, V., Caplan, G., Hilmer, S. (2017). Medicine information exchange networks among healthcare professionals and prescribing in geriatric medicine wards. British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, 83(6), 1185-1196. [More Information]
  • Held, F., Le Couteur, D., Blyth, F., Hirani, V., Naganathan, V., Waite, L., Seibel, M., Handelsman, D., Cumming, R., Allore, H., Gnjidic, D. (2017). Polypharmacy in older adults: Association Rule and Frequent-Set Analysis to evaluate concomitant medication use. Pharmacological Research, 116, 39-44. [More Information]
  • Roberts, C., Daly, M., Held, F., Lyle, D. (2017). Social learning in a longitudinal integrated clinical placement. Advances in Health Sciences Education, 22(4), 1011-1029. [More Information]
  • Grundy, Q., Held, F., Bero, L. (2017). Tracing the potential flow of consumer data: A network analysis of prominent health and fitness apps. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 19(6), 1-13. [More Information]

2016

  • Held, F., Blyth, F., Gnjidic, D., Hirani, V., Naganathan, V., Waite, L., Seibel, M., Rollo, J., Handelsman, D., Cumming, R., Le Couteur, D. (2016). Association Rules Analysis of Comorbidity and Multimorbidity: The Concord Health and Aging in Men Project. Journals of Gerontology Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, 71(5), 625-631. [More Information]

2014

  • Held, F., Wilkinson, I., Marks, R., Young, L. (2014). Agent-based Modelling, a new kind of research. Australasian Marketing Journal, 22(1), 4-14. [More Information]
  • Wilkinson, I., Held, F., Marks, R., Young, L. (2014). Developing Agent-Based Models of Business Relations and Networks. In Robert Stocker, Terry Bossomaier (Eds.), Networks in Society: Links and Language, (pp. 113-140). Singapore: Pan Stanford Publishing. [More Information]
  • Held, F. (2014), Modelling the Evolution of Business Relationships and Networks as Complex Adaptive Systems. (Doctoral Thesis), University of Sydney. [More Information]

2010

  • Held, F., Marks, R., Young, L., Wilkinson, I. (2010). Exploring the Dynamics of Economic Networks - First Steps of a Research Project. 3rd World Congress on Social Simulation WCSS 2010.
  • Held, F., Marks, R., Wilkinson, I., Young, L. (2010). Modelling the Dynamics of Relations and Networks in B2B Markets - First Steps of a Research Project. Australian and New Zealand Marketing Academy Conference ANZMAC 2010, New Zealand: Department of Management, College of Business and Economics, University of Canterbury.

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