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 (MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow)
  • Sarah Galey (Moray House School of Education, University of Edinburgh)
  • David Jarman (Edinburgh Napier University)
  • Rhodri Leng (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh)
  • Chamil Rathnayake (Journalism, Media and Communication, University of Strathclyde)
  • Matthew Smith (Edinburgh Napier University Business School)
  • Yasaman Sarabi (Centre for Networks and Enterprise Excellence, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot Watt University)
  • Matjaz Vidmar (Science, Technology and Innovation Studies, University of Edinburgh)
  • Gil Viry (Sociology, University of Edinburgh)
  • Mark Wong (Public Policy and Research Methods, University of Glasgow)

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.

At the moment, the talks are scheduled on Zoom, but depending on the restrictions in the UK, some may have a hybrid delivery.

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 2021-22

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
Upcoming seminars
  • 11 January 2022 - Eva Fernández G. G. (University of Geneva): Citizenship Regimes: dynamics of scientific polarisation or consensus in the field
  • 8 February 2022 - Emmanuel Lazega (Centre for the Sociology of Organisations, Sciences Po): Multilevel networks in transnational institution building: The case of the European Unified Patent Court
  • 8 March 2022 - Matthew Hanchard (University of Sheffield): Twitter networks, bridging nodes, and issue-mapping on rare diseases
  • 12 April 2022 - Dakota Murray (The Center for Complex Network Research (CCNR), Northeastern University, USA): Title to be confirmed


Please check back for details of upcoming events.