A list of interesting workshops and schools for Social Network Analysis

The Standing Group on Political Networks is aimed at pushing forward the application of network perspectives and tools to enhance our understanding of a broad range of political dynamics characterizing contemporary societies – from social movements to individual political behaviors to the use of ICTs as a tool for democratic participation. 

in this spirit, the Group encourages students and researchers participation to the following events centered on SNA procedures and techniques:

University of Kentucky, Links Centre


University  of Manchester, Mitchell Centre


University of Greenwich Business School


ECPR/ University of Lubljiana


Berlin Summer School (general courses on RD)


Furthermore, a set of interesting events will take place over the next Sunbelt Conference, organized by the International Network for Social Network Analysis in Brighton, June 22-28.

Among the dozens of short workshops at the INSNA sunbelt conference I recommend:

Game theory & networks/ Buskens

Advanced RSiena/ Snijders

Mixed Methods Research/ Hollstein

The positional analysis/ Brandes

Modelling relational event dynamics/ Butts

Dynamic analysis with ORA/ Carley

Advanced SNA with UCINET/ Borgatti

SNA Behavioural Change/ Valente

Visualising SNA/ Pfeffer

Text based semantic nets/ Diesner

More info on Sunbelt’s workshops and panels can be found here.


Social Network Analysis Summer School, University of Greenwich 15 – 20 June 2015

The Centre for Business Network Analysis at the University of Greenwich, London, is hosting the third edition of a Summer School entirely dedicated to research design, data collection, and statistical methods for Social Network Analysis (SNA) of individuals and organisations.

The growing availability of network data – and the concurrent development of specialised methodologies to analyse and interpret them – offers unprecedented opportunities for academic research in all fields of social sciences. Furthermore, the study of offline and online social networks increasingly informs business and policy decision-making.

The Centre for Business Network Summer School offers one introductory course and two advanced courses covering different aspects of SNA. Each course consists of 4 hours of teaching per day over 5 days from 15 to 20 June 2015 in our Hamilton House conference centre. Each course awards 30 ETCS.

Courses available

Doing Research with SNA: Tools, Theories, and Applications (introductory)

Longitudinal Models for Social Network Analysis (advanced)

Multivariate Statistics with Network Data (advanced)

The Summer School is also complemented by a social programme. Participants are invited to exchange their views and explore more of Greenwich and London in an informal atmosphere.

When: Monday 15 June 2015 – Saturday 20 June 2015

Where: University of Greenwich, Hamilton House, 15 Park Vista, Greenwich, London SE10 9LZ

Fees: Early bird £550 (book before 6th March 2015)

           Standard £700

To register your place and for further details please visit the Summer School website.

Call for participation – Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences – Linking Theory and Empirical Research

The ECPR SG on Political Network is very pleased to support the call for participation in the next Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences – Linking Theory and Empirical Research.

The Summer School will take place in Berlin from July 19th to August 1st.

More details can be found in the call text below.


Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences

Linking Theory and Empirical Research

Berlin, July 19 – August 1, 2015

We are delighted to announce the 5th Berlin Summer School in Social Sciences. The summer school aims at promoting young researchers by strengthening their methodological understanding in linking theory and empirical research. The two weeks program creates an excellent basis for the advancement of their current research designs.

In the first week we address the key methodological challenges of concept-building, causation/explanation and micro-macro-linkage that occur in almost all research efforts and strive for a clarification of the epistemological implications underlying methodological paradigms. In the second week, these methodological considerations are applied to central empirical fields of research in political science, sociology, and their intersections with other disciplines. In this second part of the program participants are assigned to four thematic groups according to their own research topics. The thematic areas cover “Governance, Politics and Processes of Decision-Making”, “Citizenship, Migration and Diversity”, “Social Struggle and Globalization”, and “The Dynamics of National and International Regimes”.

The program is characterized by a varied format of lectures, workshops, seminars, and one-to-one consultations. During the summer school participants will also have the opportunity to present and intensely discuss their own work and approaches and will be provided with hands-on advice for their research designs. The school brings together a faculty of renowned international and Berlin-based scholars.

Among the confirmed international lecturers are Michael Burawoy (UC Berkeley), Michael Coppedge (University of Notre Dame), Donatella Della Porta (EUI), Macartan Humphreys (Columbia University), Friedrich Kratochwil (formerly EUI), Daniel McFarland (Stanford University), Virag Molnar (New School for Social Research), Wendy Olsen (University of Manchester), and Sanjay Seth (Goldsmiths, University of London).

The Berlin Summer School is a joint endeavor of the Berlin Graduate School of Social Sciences (BGSS) at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and the WZB Berlin Social Science Center. It is co-funded by the two institutions. Moreover, we receive generous funding from the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Details on travel grants and tuition fees can be found on our webpage. The international summer school is open to 50 PhD candidates, advanced master students and young Post-Docs.

The call for applications has opened. Applications can be submitted online via the application form on the summer school webpage until March 31, 2015. The decisions of the selection committee will be communicated to the applicants at the beginning of April.

For more information, please visit our webpage at www.berlinsummerschool.de. If you have additional questions, please contact directly the organizing team at summerschool.bgss@hu-berlin.de

Seminar on Collective Action Networks between Online and Offline Interactions

The ECPR Standing Group on Political Networks sponsors the realization of the seminar

“Collective Action Networks between Online and Offline Interactions – Researching social movements, coalitions and governance in the digital age”.

The seminar is the final event of the project REACtION, led by Dr. Elena Pavan of the PolNet SG, and will take place at the Department of Sociology and Social Research of the University of Trento on March 17th, 2015.

The seminar will feature the following talks:

The REACtION Project. A Continuos Learning Experience – Elena Pavan, Università di Trento. Discussant: Stefania Milan, University of Amsterdam

Organizational networks in the field of immigration – Nina Eggert, University of Antwerp; Katia Pilati, Università di Trento

Spillover as Movement Agenda Setting: How Movement Issues Spillover Online – Jennifer Earl, University of Arizona

The Discursive Power of Online Networks. Background to a Global Alliance for Media and Gender – Claudia Padovani, Università di Padova

Extreme Right Movements and on line Politics in current Democracies – Manuela Caiani, Institute for Advanced Studies

Prof. Mario Diani, from the University of Trento and the PolNet SG, will open the seminar activities.

More details on the talks and the schedule of the day are available in this file

For any further information, please contact Elena Pavan