SESYNC to Co-Sponsor Workshop on Social Network Analysis

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Feb 24, 2016

The National Socio-Environmental Synthesis Center (SESYNC) is pleased to co-sponsor the following summer workshop:

Social Network Analysis: An Introduction with an Emphasis on Application in R

Date: June 27–July 1, 2016
Location: SESYNC in Annapolis, Maryland
Instructor: Dr. Lorien Jasny, University of Exeter and former SESYNC postdoctoral fellow

About the Course

Social network analysis studies the relationships between or among social entities. While network science has a long tradition, this field has recently exploded with new data resources in social media and new computational methods.

This course presents an introduction to various concepts, methods, and applications of social network analysis drawn from the social and behavioral sciences. The focus of the course will be how to develop questions about social networks and appropriately test them.

Topics Include

  • Basic network descriptive measures: structural & locational properties of actors (centrality, prestige, & prominence)
  • Structural cohesion (subgroups & cliques)
  • Equivalence of actors (structural equivalence & block models)
  • Local analyses (dyadic & triadic analysis)
  • Methods for testing hypotheses about social network structure (matrix permutation tests, conditional uniform random graphs)
  • Brief introduction to statistical global analyses (p1, p*, ERGMs, & their relatives)


R statistical programming language


No prior experience with R is required; by the end of the course you will be able to write simple programs for your own social network analysis needs. Participants are encouraged to bring their own network data to work with, but this is not required.


Fees vary. For more information and to register, click here.

About the ICPSR Summer Program

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) Summer Program is recognized throughout the world as a leading program providing basic and advanced training in a wide range of methodologies and techniques for research across the social, behavioral, and medical sciences. Our courses emphasize the integration of methodological strategies with the theoretical and practical concerns that arise in research on substantive issues. Our unique and supportive social environment facilitates professional networking and encourages the exchange of ideas about research theory and practice.

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