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Mark T. O. Wong

Mark T. O. Wong
Mark T. O. Wong
Research Assistant
Science Technology and Innovation Studies School of Social and Political Science University of Edinburgh
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


I joined the TRANSGENE team and the Science, Technology and Innovation Studies Department full-time in Oct 2016. During part of this work, I was a Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI, Cambridge, UK) in March 2017.

I submitted my PhD in Social Policy at the University of Edinburgh in 2016. I studied disengaged young people who physically shut themselves in the bedroom  ("hidden youth"). The study looked at the complexities of analysing social disengagement in the "digital age", and highlighted the significance of technologies and digital networks for disengaged young people.

Prior to the PhD, I completedd 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.


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

Current Projects

Medical Translation in the History of Modern Genomics (TRANSGENE)

We are interested in understanding the history of genomics and sequencing activities, particularly in the human, pig and yeast genome. My role focuses on mapping the network of actors and institutions, and examing changes in the organisation and practices of the translation of genomics information. 

I am currently working with Social Network Analysis and digital research methods (data science and automated data collection in R). I'm applying data linkage on sequence and bibliometric data and working with scientific literature and sequence database APIs .

I am also interested in developing approaches that integrate analysis of data collected by computational methods and historical/qualitative research.


Other Teaching Activities

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)


Conference Papers

Wong, M. T. O. (2017) “Intergenerational Family Support for ‘Generation Rent’: The Family Home for Socially Disengaged Young People”, Housing Studies

------ (2017) “Mapping Institutional Networks in Human and Animal Genomics: A Bibliometric and ‘Big Data’ Study”, 2017 International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) Conference, University of São Paulo, Organised Session: “Organisms and Us” (Organiser: Prof. Rachel Ankeny)

------ (2017) “Understanding Social Disengagement in the Digital Age: ‘Hidden Youth’ in Hong Kong and Scotland”, Young People’s Transitions: Dimensions, Difficulties and Diversity Conference, Youth and Childhood Network and Centre for Research on Families and Relationships, Paper Presentation. Briefing paper released online: