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Introduction à l’analyse des réseaux sociaux (SNA)


Automne 2022


Eva Fernández G. G. (Haute école de travail social Genève, collaboratrice scientifique), Mihaela Nedelcu (professeure titulaire/MER, UNINE)


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This workshop provides a balanced introduction to social network analysis, including theoretical concepts and network measures, using software and interpreting results. The workshop aims to familiarise and train participants to applied social network analysis. This includes an introduction to both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, as well as an introduction to some of the most recent developments in field.

Social network analysis focuses on relationships or connections between the units of analysis (e.g. relationships between individuals, organisations or concepts). It allows to understand how the relational configurations in which social actors are embedded give them opportunities or generate constraints.

Furthermore, the workshop offers a theoretical and practical study to social network analysis at the organisational and individual level, including both sociometric (complete networks) and egocentric networks analysis. During the sessions we will focus on theoretical concepts (such as structural holes and social capital), and relate them to specific network measures (such as centrality, density and subgroup analyses). We will discuss how to compute these measures, as well as how to obtain results using packages in R and UCINET.

The current introductory module on applied social network analysis is open to PhD students working with different methodological perspectives (qualitative, quantitative and mixed). In addition, participants will have the opportunity and are encouraged to bring their own data, in order to discuss the most suitable perspectives for their own research. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to design a relational research (network) and interpret their own results.

Empirically, the workshop could address for instance some of the following research questions:

- What are the types of social relationships that structure ego-network family configurations?

- What is the role of social networks in the integration of vulnerable people? What types of relationships facilitate their integration?

- How do organisational actors coordinate their services, i.e. what are their collaborative links and network structures?

- How do intergenerational solidarity relationships evolve over time?

- What network structures promote collective action among organisations?

Target audience: This module is aimed at all doctoral students, regardless of the stage of their thesis, who wish to integrate a relational perspective into their research field.


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