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The 3rd St. Petersburg Summer School on Network Analysis is over.

Published Date:

July 8-13, 2019

CGES, St Petersburg 

This year, the School attracted over 60 applications by students and teachers from Russia, Germany, Great Britain, Norway, Poland, the Czech Republic, Brazil, Malaysia, and other countries. Owing to the large number of applications, the acceptance rate was about 25%. 

The School opened with a two-day workshop on ‘Introduction to network analysis and mixed methods of network data collection’ by Elisa Bellotti, Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis, University of Manchester and associate editor of ‘Social Networks’ journal. 

The first day of the workshop covered the major concepts, methods, and techniques of social network analysis, from research design to data visualization. It also introduced the participants to hands‐on practice of egocentric social network data management and analysis using UCINET.

The second day of the workshop comprised practical exercises on mixed network data collection techniques.

Within the third day of the 3rd St. Petersburg Summer School on Network Analysis, participants presented their own projects on social, historical, online, and political networks and discussed them with teachers of the School: Elisa Bellotti, University of Manchester and Julia Brennecke, University of Liverpool as well as with the Scientific manager of the Centre for German and European Studies Nikita Basov.

The following presentations were given: 

  • David Zbiral: ‘Dissident Networks Project (DISSINET): Complexity of Data Model vs. Manageability of Data Collection from Medieval Inquisitorial Records’ 
  • Aleksei Rubtcov: ‘Revolutionary Movement and Political Police in the Russian Empire in the 1870s’ 
  • Aguila Baptiste ‘Governing Early Childhood Education and Care in Europe. Comparative State Governance in France, Germany and Sweden’ 
  • Aryuna Radnaeva: ‘Dynamics of the structure of social interaction in the professional online community of sociologists (the example of online community of sociologists ‘Manufactura Socpoh’)’
  • Hanna Marzinkowski: ‘The conceptualization of different user roles in networks of user comments on news websites – explanations on the individual and the contextual level’

At the end of the third day, Elisa Bellotti, associate editor of ‘Social Networks’, conducted a workshop on publishing in this journal, one of the highest-rank sociology outlets worldwide. The workshop was focused on the kinds of work preferred by the journal, the requirements to the manuscripts’ content, the viable strategies of paper positioning, and the nuances of working with editors and reviewers. 

On the fourth day, the School was continued by Dr. Julia Brennecke, the University of Liverpool Management School, an expert in organizational and knowledge network analyses, who introduced the participants to a family of statistical network models – exponential random graph models (ERGM)– and its applications. 

The two-day course ‘Introduction to Exponential Random Graph Models for Network Analysis’ was devoted to the principles behind ERGMs and provided hands-on experience with German and European datasets using specialized software. 

The course by Julia concluded the 3rd St. Petersburg Summer School on Network Analysis. 

The School finished with a cultural programme taking the participants to a boat trip around St. Petersburg. 

Next time, the School will bring together experts from leading European universities and social sciences and cultural studies students from Russia and Europe in 2021. 

Looking forward to your applications! 

Check out a photo report from the School here

Full program of the 3rd St. Petersburg Summer School on Network Analysis and information about the previous Schools can be found here