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:

Arek Dakessian (Heriot-Watt University), David Jarman (Edinburgh Napier University), Gil Viry (University of Edinburgh), Matjaz Vidmar(University of Edinburgh) and Mark Wong (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 2018-19

30 October 2018
Optimising the dissemination of information in dynamic networks
Dr Kitty Meeks, University of Glasgow
University of Glasgow, Department of Urban Studies, Boardroom (room 139), 29 Bute Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8RS.
11 December 2018
Gender and interlocking directorates in UK FTSE 100 companies
Dr Dimitris Christopoulos, Dr Yasi Yasaman Sarabi and Prof Heather McGregor, Centre for Networks and Enterprise, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University
The Boardroom, Edinburgh Business School, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Campus, Boundary Rd N. Edinburgh EH14 4AS
Thursday 31 January 2019 (at 16:30)
Integrating bibliometric network analysis and historiography for understanding collaboration in genomics research
Dr Miguel Garcia Sancho Sanchez, Dr Jim Lowe, Rhodri Leng and Dr Gil Viry, University of Edinburgh
University of Edinburgh, Chrystal MacMillan Building, Meeting Room 1 (1.01)
26 February 2019
An ego-centric network appproach to job search: findings from a study of the Scottish youth labour market
Dr John Mowbray, Napier University
26 March 2019
The support networks of older people living in care homes: an ego-centric analysis
Jennifer Ferguson, University of Stirling
30 April 2019
Shortening the Chain: Using SNA to bridge online connections between farmers and consumers
Dr Elliot Meador, Scotland’s Rural College
28 May 2019  14th May 2019 (NEW DATE!)
Combining epistemic and social network analysis to study teacher communities of practice
Dr Sarah Galey, Dr Natasa Pantic and Dr Gil Viry
25 June 2019
The making of network visualisations and use of evidence in social science
Dr Wifak Gueddana, University of Edinburgh and King’s College London

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

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"

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

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

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

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?.