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Mark T. O. Wong

Mark T. O. Wong
Mark T. O. Wong
Research Assistant
2.07 Old Surgeons' Hall High School Yards Edinburgh UK EH1 1LZ
0131 650 4256
Research Interests
Big data, Social network analysis, Digital Sociology, Data Science, History of science and technology, Social Data Science, social media, bioinformatics, Social Policy, API, digital age, Bibliometric, Digital Social Research

Research Work

I am currently involved in a ERC-funded project, Medical Translation in the History of Modern Genomics (TRANSGENE).

We are interested in understanding the historical development of genomic and sequencing activities, particularly the human, pig and yeast genome. My part of the research focuses on identifying the key actors and institutions involved in sequencing, and mapping the networks of actors and institutions over time. 

My role involves working with digital research methods and "big data". I'm applying social data science techniques to collect information from scientific literature databases/APIs and DNA databases.


I joined the TRANSGENE team and the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies Department full-time in Oct 2016.

I also submitted my PhD in Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh at the end of 2016 . My research studied young people who physically shut themselves in their bedrooms for months and years on end ("hidden youth"). The study looked at the complexities of analysing social disengagement in this context, particularly taking into account the various dimensions of the "social" in the digital age.

Prior to the PhD, I've done a MSc by Research in Social Policy and MA (Hons) in Social Policy and Social Anthropology at the University of Edinburgh.

Between 2012 and 2014, I worked as a research assistant looking at pre-drinking and friendship networks using Twitter data. In addition, I was a research assistant for a project studying ethical practices in scientific publications. In this role, I worked with collecting and coding large sets of bibliometric data and published errata.  

Academic Services

I am the co-covenor of the Social Network Analysis in Scotland research group (SNAS). We are a cross-institutional network of researchers, from various backgrounds and disciplines, who are interested in applying SNA to research projects and real-life issues.

If you are interested in finding out more information about the group and our monthly seminar series, please click here.

Teaching Experiences

Guest Lecturer and Lab Facilitator, "Social Network Analysis: Mapping and Exploring the Network Society" (PG) and "Analysing Social Networks with Statistics" (PG/UG Hons), "Small World Networks, Clustering and Communities" and "Cohesive Subgroup Analysis" (2017)

Guest Lecturer, "Using SNA for Big Data and Digital Research", Applied Carbon Management/MSc in Carbon Management (2017)

Guest Lecturer, "Doing Research with Social Network Analysis", Applied Carbon Management/MSc in Carbon Management (2016)

Senior Tutor, Research Skills in Social Sciences: Data Collection (2014-16)

Senior Tutor, Research Design (2015-16)

Tutor, Social Policy and Society (2012-14; 2015-16)

Tutor, Politics of the Welfare State (2013-14; 2015-16)

Dissertation Supervision, MSc in Social Research (2015)

"Data Collection + Knowledge Exchange = Influence Community Workshop Series" (2013-14, supported by Student-led Special Project Grants, SSPS, UoE)