Visualisation and social networks in mixed-methods sociological research
Plenary session in the “Methodological Innovations” Stream, organised by BSA-SNAG
British Sociological Association Conference 2017, Manchester, Wednesday 5 April, 9:30-10:30
The sociology of social networks is experiencing unprecedented growth, driven by its promise to uncover new, yet unknown dimensions of today’s connected society. Visualisation techniques for network data provide an intuitive, effective way to communicate, and have boosted the popularity of this research, not only in quantitative but also in qualitative perspectives.
Building on a special section of Sociological Research Online that the SNAG group edited in 2016, this plenary session will extend the discussion to cover a wider range of data analysis techniques and empirical contexts of analysis.
The session is coordinated panel with:
- Nick Crossley, University of Manchester: ‘Looking at punk – differently’;
- Gemma Edwards, University of Manchester: 'Visualising historical networks';
- Bernie Hogan, Oxford Internet Institute: 'Network canvas: New interfaces for network co-creation';
- Louise Ryan, University of Sheffield: 'Migration networks'.
Chairs will be the two BSA-SNAG convenors:
- Alessio D’Angelo, Middlesex University;
- Paola Tubaro, CNRS (Paris, France) and University of Greenwich.
With its methodological focus, exposing participants to state-of-the-art use of visual and social network analysis tools in sociological research, the plenary can be especially beneficial to PhD students and early career researchers. There will be time for questions from the audience.
All participants to the 2017 BSA conference are welcome to attend.
Past Events and Activities
Every January at the University of Greenwich, we offer a one-day training on 'Using Mixed-Methods in Social Network Analysis' which targets PhD students and academics who wish to familiarise themselves with the field.
In May 2014, we organised a small conference on mixed-methods social networks research at Middlesex University.