A conference organised by the Social Network Analysis Study Group (SNAG) of the British Sociological Association (BSA) with Middlesex University and University of Greenwich
12 May 2014, Middlesex University, Hendon Campus, London NW4 4BT
Alessio D’Angelo, Middlesex University (Social Policy Research Centre)
Prof. Louise Ryan, Middlesex University (Social Policy Research Centre)
Dr. Paola Tubaro, University of Greenwich
Key Note Speaker : Prof. Nick Crossley, University of Manchester
Social Network analysis (SNA) is experiencing ‘a golden age of rapid growth’ (Burt, et al, 2012). Much of this development has occurred using a quantitative perspective, partly due to today’s expanded computing technologies enabling statistical computations of large network structures. Despite calls in the literature, ‘few researchers have chosen to study social networks using qualitative methods’ (Hersberger, 2003) and in the UK, in particular, examples of qualitative SNA are rare (Heath et al 2009). Nonetheless, ‘social’ networks involve a world of meanings, feelings, relationships, attractions, dependencies, which have traditionally been at the heart of qualitative research and are amenable to a mixed-methods approach. The combination of SNA and qualitative methods has potential to enrich and deepen our understanding of network content in conjunction with network structure.
The conference programme is available online here: