Social Network Analysis in Scotland Group

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:

David Jarman (Edinburgh Napier University), Gil Viry (University of Edinburgh), Matjaz Vidmar(University of Edinburgh), Mark Wong (University of Glasgow) and Robert Young (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 also organises a monthly seminar series, which consist of a range of presentations from SNAS members and external speakers on their SNA work. Individuals from all backgrounds and levels are welcomed to attend.

We meet on every final Tuesday of the month from 16:30 to 18:00. The seminars normally take place in Meeting Room 2.15, Chrystal Macmillan Building, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD.

SNAS Monthly Seminar Series 2017-18

31 October 2017
The diffusion of financial exuberance? Competitive networks and the Spanish banking crisis.
Dr Tod Van Gunten, University of Edinburgh

5 December 2017 at 4 pm [please note the earlier time]
How to be successful in scientific networks: gender and interdisciplinarity in Italian funding system
Dr Elisa Bellotti, University of Manchester

19 December 2017
The Vistorian: Network Visualization for the Digital Humanities
Dr Benjamin Bach, University of Edinburgh
30 January 2018
Mapping and analysing health discussions of medical and science journals using twitter networks and NodeXL
Dr Graham Mackenzie, NHS and Professor Chris Oliver, University of Edinburgh

CANCELLED (adverse weather) - 1 March 2018  at 4pm in Practice Suite (Room 1.12), 1st Floor, CMB - MOVED FROM and BACK TO 27/03

Creative community networks: ego, core, periphery and more
David Jarman, Edinburgh Napier University

27 March 2018  - COMBINED FROM (27/02)/(01/03) - Joint ego-centric SNAS Seminar  ;o)
Creative community networks: ego, core, periphery and more
David Jarman, Edinburgh Napier University

Ego-nets and whole sets: ‘Stitching’ together the Scottish space industry innovation network
Matjaz Vidmar, University of Edinburgh

24 April 2018 - POSPONED TO 8 May 2018 CANCELLED
The making of network visualisations and use of evidence in social science
Dr Wifak Gueddana, University of Edinburgh

29 May 2018
Urban renewal and its discontents: Cultural holes of Boston
Professor Candace Jones, University of Edinburgh

26 June 2018
Do firms publish? A cross-sectoral analysis of corporate publishing
Dr Daniele Rotolo, University of Sussex

Previous Events and Projects

Social Network Analysis Project (SNAP)

Funded by the College of Humanities and Social Science (CHSS) through the 2014-2015 Challenge Investment Fund, SNAP aimed to establish SNAS as a leading research and training unit in the development and application of cross-disciplinary SNA in Scotland and beyond.

Project Link:

Workshop on Online Social Networks and Big Data and
Lecture on Privacy of Online Social Networks

Tuesday 28 April from 09:00 - 17:00 in Room LG.07, David Hume Tower, University of Edinburgh, George Square.

This workshop, delivered by Dr. Jordi Herrera and Cristina Prez-Sol (Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain), provided hands-on training on extracting and analysing data from Online Social Networks, like Twitter and Facebook.

Online Social Networks (OSNs) have gained an important space in peoples lives. Their popularity and the fact that OSNs provide a breadth of data about human interaction have made them an increasingly popular research topic.

This workshop covered the following topics:

How to interact with OSN providers in order to obtain data from OSN sites (e.g. via Application Programming Interfaces, Representational State Transfer and Oauth);

How to collect data from social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook; How toconvert OSN data to standard network formats;

How to acquire OSN data in real time, and visualise results.

Public Lecture on "Privacy of Online Social Networks"

Monday 27th April 2015 16:00-18:00

Dr. Jordi Herrerawill gave a public lecture on Privacy of Online Social Networks on Monday 27th April 2015 from 16:00 - 18:00. The lecture took place in G.07 Meadows Lecture Theatre - Doorway 4 (Medical School, Teviot), University of Edinburgh, George Square, Edinburgh EH8 9LD

Workshop on Qualitative and Quantitative Network Analysis using R. Focusing on Ego-Networks

Monday 30th March 2015 - 09:30-17:00
Ben Cruachan Room, MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow
Speaker: Dr. Andreas Herz, University Hildesheim, Germany

The Social Network Analysis in Scotland Group (SNAS) and Project (SNAP) in collaboration with the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit (SPHSU) ran a full-day workshop on qualitative and quantitative network analysis using R, with a specific focus on ego networks.

Public Lecture on Transnational social support and migration: conflicts in personal networks

Tuesday 31st March 2015 - 12:00-14:00
Seminar Room 2, Chrystal Macmillan Building, University of Edinburgh
Speaker: Dr. Andreas Herz, University Hildesheim, Germany

Public Lecture by Ichiro Kawachi: Social Capital and Health

Wednesday 4th February 2015 - from 6pm to 7pm
Main Lecture Theatre (E22), Edinburgh Collage of Art, Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, United Kingdom.

Speaker: Professor Ichiro Kawachi is a Chair of the Department Of Social and Behavioral Science at the Harvard School of Public Health, USA.

The Social Network Analysis in Scotland Group (SNAS) in collaboration with the CRESH and OpenSpace at ECA ran a public lecture on: “Social Capital and Health”, with focus on the resources accessed through social networks. The event was delivered by Professor Ichiro Kawachi from the Harvard School of Public Health, Usa. Kawachis’ research interested in the in the social determinants of population health and health disparities, he has made seminal contributions to the link between health and social capital; the resources accessed through social networks. More information about Ichiro and the event can be found here:

Advanced SNA Theories and Methods with Prof. Nick Crossley: Half-day Workshop and Public Lecture

Tuesday 29th October 2013, 11am-4pm. G.01 and G.02 rooms, 21 George Square.

A half-day workshop on advanced SNA theories and methods with Professor Nick Crossley from the University of Manchester.

Nick Crossley is a Professor at the University of Manchester and one of the UK's most eminent social network analysts. He co-founded the Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis and has contributed to the theory, methods and applications of social network analysis, in various areas such as social movement and protest, and (popular) music scenes

The workshop topics included:

Mixed methods: How to combine qualitative and quantitative SNA?

Two-mode networks: How to analyse simultaneously micro (people, households) and macro social structures (groups, boards of directors, social events) in which people are embedded?

Comparing networks: How to compare networks of different structure and nature? How to analyse change in networks?

The workshop ended with a public lecture from Professor Nick Crossley, about the importance of SNA as a research method in social science, and a small reception ran by the SNAS Group.