School of Social and Political Science

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Social Network Analysis in Scotland Group (SNAS)




The Social Network Analysis in Scotland group (SNAS) provides a forum to discuss projects, issues and ideas related to Social Network Analysis (SNA).

It aims to:

  • Promote and facilitate knowledge exchange and collaboration with regard to SNA;
  • Bring together academic staff, postgraduate students and practitioners engaging with SNA across Scotland and beyond;
  • Produce high quality and collaborative research using SNA.

We welcome anyone with an interest in or experience of applying SNA to research projects and real-life problems. Previous SNAS activities include SNA seminars and lectures, basic and advanced training on SNA theory, methods and databases, presentations of group members work-in-progress and journal club events.

The group is currently convened by:

  • Cristina Chueca Del Cerro (Sociology, University of Durham)
  • Richard Kjellgren (University of Stirling, The Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research)
  • Katharina Pruente (University of Stirling, History)
  • Yasaman Sarabi (Centre for Networks and Enterprise Excellence, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University)
  • Matthew Smith (Edinburgh Napier University Business School)
  • Matjaz Vidmar (School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh)
  • Gil Viry (Sociology, School of Social and Political Science, University of Edinburgh)

If you would like to join our mailing list and receive regular updates of SNAS and SNA-related events and information, please visit our Jiscmail webpage to subscribe.

SNAS has recently developed an Open Moodle page (open to the public) called the Social Network Analysis (SNA) Hub. The SNA Hub aims to act as a resource hub for anyone starting out with SNA. It provides an overview of some methods and metrics, along with short introduction/taster videos to relevant software packages for SNA and Network Science. It should be a particularly useful resource for PhD students and early-career researchers interested in SNA. To access the resources of the SNA Hub, you just need to sign up for an Edinburgh Napier University Open Moodle account.

To access the Open Moodle platform:

Details and instructions on how to enrol on the SNA Hub page:

SNAS also organises monthly seminar series, which consist of a range of presentations from SNAS members and external speakers on their SNAS work. Individuals from all backgrounds and levels are welcomed to attend.

The monthly seminar is scheduled on the second Tuesday of the month, from October to June, 16:00-17:00 UK time (unless stated otherwise, see below for the programme). We are hoping to have a hybrid delivery for all of the talks in 2022-23 (Zoom and in-person)

All are welcome to attend, and no registration will be needed. Further details for each talk, along with the Zoom link to join, will be circulated closer to each talk’s date through the SNAS mailing list.

SNAS Monthly Seminar Series 2022-23

Previous seminars
  • 20 October 2020- You’ll never move alone’: Rethinking teacher turnover as inter-school mobility networks
    Marc Sarazin, UCLouvain
    Recording of the seminar is available here.
  • 24 November 2020 - Evolution of Guanxi within Chinese Large-scale Exhibition Service Market
    Yehui Hu, University of Greenwich
  • 15 December 2020 - Analysing disease transmission in networks
    Trystan Leng, University of Warwick
  • 2 February 2020 - SNAS PhD Surgery (round table)
  • 23 February, On Multilayer Networks in the Netherlands
    Tom Emery, ODISSEI, Netherlands
    A recording of this seminar is available here.
  • 23 March, Old People's Personal Networks in Europe: The importance of sibling ties
    Jingyi Wang, University of Edinburgh
  • 27 April, 15:00.  Oliver Westerwinter on Modelling Networks of International Organizations in So-called Regime Complexes 
    Benhard Reinsberg, University of Glagsow
  • 12 October 2021 - Tracing the displacement of Edinburgh's Cowgate: using social networks to identify the hidden legacies of Little Ireland
    Donagh Horgan, University of Strathclyde
    Recording of the seminar is available here
  • 9 November 2021 - Use of network maps in the characterization and improvement of vulnerable communities in the global south
    Aisha Abubakar, University of Strathclyde
    Recording of the seminar is available here
  • 14 December 2021 - Hidden inequalities: using position generators to capture gender gaps on micro-tasking platforms
    Paola Tubaro, National Centre for Scientific Research, CNRS
    Recording of the seminar is available here
  • 8 February 2022 - Multilevel networks in transnational institution building: The case of the European Unified Patent Court
    Emmanuel Lazega, Centre for the Sociology of Organisations, Sciences Po
    Recording of the seminar is available here
  • 8 March 2022 - Twitter networks, bridging nodes, and issue-mapping on rare diseases
    Matthew Hanchard, University of Sheffield, UK
    Recording of the seminar is available here
  • 12 April 2022 - Understanding scientific disagreement
    Dakota Murray, The Center for Complex Network Research (CCNR), Northeastern University, USA
    Recording of the seminar is available here
  • 10 May 2022 - Citizenship Regimes: dynamics of scientific polarisation or consensus in the field
    Eva Fernández G. G., University of Geneva, Switzerland
  • 20th September 2022 - A three-dimensional approach to studying brokerage in networks: Brokerage activity, exclusivity and role diversity
    Per Becker, Lund University, Sweden, preceded by a Welcome Event with short presentations by the SNAS committee
  • Tuesday 18th October 2022 - 16:00-17:00 UK time
    Hybrid format. For those attending in person:

    Violet Laidlaw Room 6.02, Floor 6, Chrystal Macmillan Building, University of Edinburgh
    Marion Maisonobe, Géographie‐cités, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), France
    Scientific cooperation dynamics in Svalbard: a core-periphery analysis
    Claire Bidart LEST, National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), Aix Marseille Univ, France
    Measures and stakes about the betweenness centrality of romantic partners in personal networks
    Recording of the seminar is available here

  • Tuesday 15th November - 16:00-17:00 UK time
    Emily Long, University of Glasgow, UK
    Loneliness, Mental Health, and Social Networks – UK evidence and future recommendations
  • Tuesday 6th December 2022- 16:00-17:00 UK time
    Paul Wagner, Edinburgh Napier University, UK
    Retweets as endorsements: identifying advocacy coalitions with retweet network data
    Recording of the seminar is available here
  • Tuesday 17th January 2023- 16:00-17:00 UK time
    Yujia Han and Faye Wade, University of Edinburgh, UK
    Mapping communication networks of retrofitting supply chains
  • Tuesday 28th March 2023- 16:00-17:00 UK time
    Mark McCann, University of Glasgow, UK
    Net4Health: Social networks and adolescent health
  • Tuesday 18th April 2023- 16:00-17:00 UK time
    Paola Zappa, UCL, UK
    In search of network efficiency: hybrid workplace and its impact on knowledge network churn
    Recording of the seminar is available here

Upcoming seminars

  • Tuesday 16th May 2023- 16:00-17:00 UK time
    Luis Rocha, Ghent University, Belgium
    Title to be confirmed.
  • Date to be confirmed
    Richard Kjellgren, University of Stirling, UK
    Dark spaces of precarity: Exploring exploitation in the off-street sex market using online data and social network analysi
Please check back for details of upcoming events.