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Summer School ‘Network Analysis of European Urban Landscapes: Communities, Spaces and Meanings’

1-6 July, 2020

CGES, St. Petersburg State University

The Summer School was organized in response to the growing interest of students and researchers in interdisciplinary urban studies applying concepts, methods and techniques of network analysis to social, cultural, and technical dimensions of European urban landscapes. 

35 students and researchers with diverse training coming from different countries met 5 invited teachers from European and US universities. The intensive program included lectures, workshops, presentations, and some extracurricular activities. 

The school included five days of classes. First, Dr. Andres Cardona (Bielefeld University, Germany) provided a comprehensive and well-structured introduction to the main concepts and methods of network analysis. The second day of the school was taught by Prof. Beate Volker (Utrecht University, Netherlands) who gave the workshop ‘Analyzing European urban communities: Key tools and techniques‘ which was full of specific examples on the use of social network analysis in social research. The third day was continued by Dr. Johan Koskinen (University of Manchester) whose lectures were an introduction to modeling the dynamics of spatially embedded social networks with ERGMs (Exponential Random Graph Models). Then, an extended workshop devoted to network analysis of urban groups and communities using semantic and socio-semantic network analysis techniques was delivered by Dr. Jana Diesner (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign). Finally, Dr. Camille Roth (National Center for Scientific Research of France) gave a workshop on the analysis of European urban mobility networks.

At the end of each day the participants had an opportunity to present and extensively discuss their research with teachers, organizers and other participants, to get feedback on their work done, plans and concerns. In total, 14 presentations were made. 

The participants expressed most positive impressions about the school, and wishes to participate in other CGES events. Junior researchers found out about the opportunities CGES provides in terms of research mobility, international scientific dialogue, the English-language MA programme «European Societies», and CGES PhD Programme. They also decided not only to remain in touch with each other and the CGES, but also to think about specific joint projects.