The primary goal of the Networks in the Global World conference series – the main regular scientific event on network analysis in Russia and Eastern Europe – is to bring together networks researchers from around the globe, to unite the efforts of various scientific disciplines in response to the key challenges faced by network studies today, and to exchange local research results – thus enabling analysis of global social processes as well as theoretical and methodological advancements.
The main highlight of this conference series is combining different types of methods and disciplinary approaches to examine network data across cultures, societies, states, economies, and cities, – with a primary focus on European societies. A particular emphasis is on linkages between theory, method, and applications, considering how theory-driven principles can be tested and which settings are suitable for such inquiries.
Following the first conference held in 2012, the need to organize a series of scientific conferences designated by the general title ‘Networks in the Global World’ was particularly expressed by participants. Since then, NetGloW takes place biennially in St Petersburg University, Russia, and gathers about 200 authors of works that passed rigorous selection, coming from most of the continents and having diverse disciplinary backgrounds, including sociology, philosophy, cultural studies, history, literature, management, economics, computer science, communication science, and many others.
The conference is organised by the Centre for German and European Studies with regular support from the International Sociological Association and its Junior Sociologists Network, in particular, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), and Council of Young Scientists of the Faculty of Sociology of St Petersburg University. In different years, the conference was also supported by Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Inter-University Center for Science and Education Programmes in Social Communication, Russian Political Science Association, and Center for Social Technologies. In 2017, the conference was officially endorsed by the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA).
The conference programme features plenary talks by leading network analysts of the world, supplemented with sets of network analysis software workshops, sessions and seminars on different cutting-edge issues of network theory and methodology, some of which are proposed by interested network analysts in addition to the regular set of core topics of the conference that include:
- Quantitative methods of network analysis;
- Qualitative and mixed methods of network analysis;
- Networks and culture;
- Networks in politics, international relations, and economy;
- Networks in science, education, and the arts;
- Urban, environmental, and socio-technical networks;
- Online networks.
The Programme Committee of NetGloW throughout the years included:
- Nikita Basov, St. Petersburg University;
- Artem Antonyuk, St. Petersburg University;
- Peng Wang, Swinburne University of Technology;
- Iina Hellsten, University of Amsterdam;
- Camille Roth, Humboldt University Berlin;
- Aleksandra Nenko, NRU ITMO;
- Svetlana Bodrunova, St. Petersburg University.
Conference keynotes were given by prominent networks scholars, such as:
- Tom Snijders, University of Groningen;
- Martin Everett, University of Manchester;
- Ronald Breiger, University of Arizona;
- David Krackhardt, Carnegie Mellon University;
- Thomas Valente, University of Southern California;
- Kathleen M. Carley, Carnegie Mellon University;
- Peter Bearman, Columbia University in City of New York;
- David Knoke, University of Minnesota;
- Wouter de Nooy, University of Amsterdam;
- John L. Martin, University of Chicago;
- Loet Leydesdorff, University of Amsterdam;
- John Padgett, University of Chicago;
- Joerg Sydow, Free University of Berlin;
- Dimitris Christopoulos, MODUL University;
- Mario Diani, University of Trento;
- Nick Crossley, University of Manchester.
Since 2020, conference proceedings are published by Springer, in its Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems.
Over the years, Networks in the Global World conference series has become a highlight of St Petersburg social sciences and humanities, a stable platform for deliberation across disciplines, regions of the world, theories, methods, and practical applications.
- NetGloW 2020 ‘Structures in Contexts.Understanding Relations in European Societies and beyond’
- NetGloW 2018 ‘Principles behind Structures: Patterns of complexity in European societies and beyond’
- NetGloW 2016 ‘Multiple Structures and Dynamics: Applications of Network Analysis to European Societies and Beyond’
- NetGloW 2014 ‘Bridging Theory and Method:American, European and Russian Studies’
- NetGloW 2012 ‘Structural Transformations in Europe, the US and Russia’