Contact & Biographical Information



Marc Helbling

Born in 1977. Studied political science at the University of Lausanne (CH) and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques in Paris. Research and teaching assistant at the Department of Political Science at the University of Zurich (CH) (Prof. Hanspeter Kriesi). Thesis on xenophobia and naturalization processes in Swiss municipalities. Network analysis of local actors involved in the decision and opinion making processes in the context of naturalizations.
Diederik van Liere

I am Diederik van Liere and I am a PhD candidate at the Rotterdam School of Management, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I am responsible for the development of an experimental laboratory for the simulation of business networks. It is called the Business Network Laboratory. I am conducting research how do people create a network structure and what is the impact of the information architecture, the things they know about the network, on the structure that they create. Although the Business Network Laboratory is still in development, it is accessible through the Internet at  If you are interested you can reach me at

Shan Cook

My name is Shan Cook and I am researching my PhD in the Department of  Human Sciences at Loughborough University in the UK.The theme of my thesis is decision making in the military. Specifically I am interested in the communication flow at lower levels of command and what situational variables can lead to inappropriate decisions, especially those that result in fratricide.

Dale Hanson

I originally trained as a family physician and worked is suburban Adelaide in South Australia for a number of years before returning to the hospital to undertake training in Emergency Medicine. Since 1996 I have worked as a Staff Specialist Emergency Physician at Mackay Base Hospital in Tropical North Queensland, Australia.  Mackay is situated 1200km North of Brisbane and 800km south of Cairns.  Mackay is a major regional centre and we provide helicopter retrival services to our region, an area of over 800sq km, including the Whitsunday Islands.  Medical practice is interesting and very varied in Mackay & includes treatment of envenomation from some of the worlds most toxic creatures (eg Tipan snake, Box Jelly Fish etc). 

Alarmed at the frequency and severity of injury I saw in the Emergency Department I developed and interest in Safety Promotion. As the nursery rhyme says, ‘Humpty Dumty fell of the wall, Humpty Dumty had a big fall.  All the king’s doctors and all the king’s nurses couldn’t put humpty together again!’  It seemed time to try a radical new approach – stop humpty dumpty from falling of the wall in the first place.

 I am part of a community based safety promotion project,  that seeks to develop cummunity capacity to promote safety in the region.  I therefore needed a tool to measure whether our project had been succesful in it stated goal to develop and empower a community based social network to promote safety. I am currently the Tom & Dorothy Cook Research Fellow at the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine at James Cook University

My research interest include:

  • Injury surveillance systems

  • Designing sustainable ecological (whole of system) safety promotion interventions

  • Understanding & promoting change in community systems

  • Social Network

  • Complex system theory

In September I am co-convenor of the 7th Australian Injury Perevention Conference and the 2nd Pacific Rim Safe Communities Conference ‘Safe Living on the Edge’ to be held in Mackay.

Bill Anderson

I am a member of the technical staff with the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. I am researching differentiating cost drivers associated with integration and interoperation of complex, software intensive, systems of systems, funded by the US Department of Defense.  We hypothesize that a major component of these differentiating drivers (verses the traditional stand alone “stove piped” system) are embedded in the social network of the multi-service teams that are required to negotiate common requirement sets across the capability demands of the various, often competing, domain interests.  We know that this requirement definition activity is causal to many of the difficulties that have been observed historically.  We are hoping that SNA can provide clues to early detection and/or remediation of the associated cost, schedule, or performance difficulties.

Brenda Bailey-Hainer

Affiliation:  Ph.D. student at Graduate School of Public Affairs, Univ of Colorado at Denver, U.S.; also Director of Networking and Resource Sharing, State Library of Colorado


Reason for being here:  Interested in applying social network analysis to library networks that are formed at the local, regional, and state level to provide services to citizens, and what the best ways are to measure their efficiency, stability, cost effectiveness, etc.

Nina Eggert

Research assistant at the Faculty of economic and social sicences, University of Geneva, Switzerland. I’m currently working on the MDEC (Multicultural Democracy in European Cities) project focusing on multicultural democracy and political integration of immigrants throughout participation in ethnic and non-ethnic organisations.

Katharina Fuglister

Research assistant at the faculty of economic and social science of Geneva, Switzerland. I’m currently working on the European Project UNEMPOL (Contentious Politics of Unemployment in Europe: Political claim-making, policy deliberation, and exclusion from the labour market), where we are analyzing the networks and channels of political influence between core policy actors and intermediary organisations, on one side, and civil society organisations and social movements representing the unemployed on the other; and on the project MDEC (Multicultural Democracy in European Cities), focusing on political integration of immigrants throughout participation in ethnic and non-ethnic organisations.

Maria Fabbri

I have a degree in Political Science and a master on “Tools and Methods of Social Research” (University of Florence). At the moment I'm a Phd student on Sociology at the University of Trento and my research project is about anti-war mobilization. I'm interested in various aspects of social mobilization, in particular movements for animal rights and radical environmentalism, anti-globalism and obviously peace. I partecipate to a group of young researchers of the University of Florence: Research Group on Collective Action in Europe-GRACE ( I would like to use network analysis on my research project to developing my subject in an original (maybe not so original, considered the information about the increasing of publications!) and effective way. I have a data-base of a survey analysis on European mass mobilization demonstrators for peace in Irak, on 15th February 2003, but I would also like to use a data base from newspapers (based on content analysis) and some data from organizations' archives. My key-question is: Are the mass mobilizations against the Irak war components of a social movement or just events of mobilizations? In order to answer to this question, I think I will use social network analysis to study the web of organizations and groups, participants in events of mobilizations against war, focusing on continuity, changes and developments.

Joke Wiercx

 Research assistant at the department of politics and the centre of women's studies of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Working currently at a project on European transnational and Flemish equal opportunities organisation and the diffusion of ideas and strategies between these organisations to influence policy.

Xiaowu (Charlie) Cai

I am currently working as a research fellow in the Leeds University Business School.  My research interests are financial market and corporate governance in general.  I am particularly interested in microstructures of financial market and the information diffusion within these settings.  One of the categories in social network research has been focus on the board of director network. I intend to connect the research of director network with information diffusion in financial market.  However, before I can do that, I need to know how to quantitatively MEASURE these networks and how to differentiate them.  This is why I come to this course.  


The introduction lecturers has been very useful for me.   Looking forward for the rest of the course.

Nicky Shaw

 I am a lecturer at Leeds University Business School. I recently discovered SNA and have subsequently found it to have a great potential in my primary areas of research:


  • Innovation and knowledge sharing

  • Performance measurement and management

  • Work-life balance (linked to mentoring and career progression strategies across genders, departments etc etc).

Laura Savoia

I am a PhD student of sociology and social research at Trento University. My principal research interests are sports sociology and social psychology. I am writing my thesis on the institutionalization and spatial diffusion of handball through time in Italy.  I therefore collected data on championship participation since 1969 (the first instance) to the present. I would hope that you can help me using these data… I think SNA offers good possibilities for studying sports, not only in terms of diffusion but also of organization and, particularly, of more socio-psychological topics like team cohesion.

Rossella Ghigi

I'm a PhD student (University of Trento). I graduated in Milan (Universita Statale), and then I moved to Paris where I got a DEA diploma (Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales). I’m interested in gender studies; sociology of the body; and, more recently, I’m particularly interested in people who choose to have cosmetic surgery. For my PhD thesis I’m going to explore the world of cosmetic surgery (specifically within the Italian context). Social Network Analysis seems to be a useful approach in mapping the network of main cosmetic surgeons’ organizations and their relationships with media organizations. At the same time, SNA can be an important tool for understanding how information about cosmetic surgery circulates among people who finally decide to have such an operation. 

Niki den Nieuwenboer

I am a Ph.D. student at the Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University Rotterdam in The Netherlands. My research is on diffusion and evolution of corruption in organisations, corruption being all or any kind of non-integer behaviour. I take both a social psychological and a business ethics perspective on the matter. Corruption in organisations can aggravate in four different manners, one of which being that more and more people get involved in committing the same kinds of corruptive behaviours: ‘one bad apple spoils the whole bunch’. I plan to use social network analysis to study this.

Brian Simpson

I currently work in the Policy Unit at the British Educational and Communications Technology Agency (Becta).  Becta is the UK Government's key partner in the strategic development and delivery of its information and communications technology (ICT) and e-learning strategy for the schools and the learning and skills sectors.  Becta is working with the Department of Education and Skills (DfES) on the new eLearning Strategy for the UK.  I am interested in how SNA can be used to model the relationships between eLearning stakeholders both at an organisational and personnel level.  The analysis of the resulting networks will hopefully give a greater understanding of this complex environment and be influential in the formation of the eLearning Strategy. My first degree is in Engineering.  I have also studied Management and Information Technology.  I am self employed and have a particular interest in the analysis and modelling of business processes.

Catarina Felix

I come from Portugal. My father is Portuguese, my mother is American and I have a 6-year-old sister, Beatriz. I am currently studying Sociology at a university in Lisbon and have just finished my first year. I chose this course because my statistic professor called my attention to this area of study and I became fascinated with the subject. I find it very interesting to trace the connections between people and groups. Also, this is an area of study that Portugal is just recently discovering and I think it will be exciting to be involved in new development in this area in my country.

Tommy Krabberod

(30) from Norway. I'm a lecturer at the Royal Norwegian Naval Academy where I teach organization theory. I am attending this course because Social Network Analysis seems to be an interesting approach to analyze naval ships internal organization.

Frederico Varese

I teach at Oxford University in the Law Faculty criminology and (very basic) research methods. I study organized crime and I am interetsed in criminal networks.


For more info about myself, see

Anne-Maree Dowd

I am from the University of Queensland in Australia.  My research interest is in the role of group cohesion in work team effectiveness and tracking social networks over time in order to analyse any change in patterns of interaction after organisational change.

Bonnie Behnke

I work for the U.S. Government in Virginia.  I have been working in this field for just about one year.  I am interested in learning what I can and would like to apply the knowledge gained to analyzing human networks.

Mariann Mannberg

PhD student at the Department of Environmental Engineering/Lulea University of Technology/Sweden. With my background as a geographer I have developed a burning interest for connections between physical and societal structures; For instance: Does the growth of social capital increase in a spatially closer society? The interplay between the physical and societal structures is important to understand in order to perform environmental planning towards a sustainable society since changes of one may have unintended consequences on the other.


To be able to find these connections my basic theoretical stance is the concept of structure, since it can be applied and used in describing both societal and physical structures. Therefore, my ambition is to be able to use SNA to provide societal information as structures in order to make the comparing analyses of, for instance, urban housing areas.

Michiko Iizuka

I am 2nd year Doctorate student at SPRU (science and technology research Unit) at University of Sussex.  My research topic is how global environmental standards (ISO etc) would affect the net work behaviour of local industries in developing countries.  I am looking at the case of Salmon Farming Industry in Chile.  I just came back from my fieldwork in Chile and I would like to find out whether it is possible to apply SNA to the data I got.

Nadine Jurk-Sarrach

I am 27 years old. I have studied cultural sciences at the European University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder)/Germany near the German-Polish border. Thus my PHD-thesis deals with young adults living in the border region. I will analyse their mutual attitudes and contact behaviour with a priority on structures within ego-centered networks. By the means of a representative survey (which already exists) it will be investigated, to what extent the way of attachment within a network has an effect (and which effect?) on the perception of the respective other nation. Network Analysis has been rarely applied to investigate intergroup relationships in terms of social identity and individual attitudes, so that’s why I am attending this summer school class to find out if it is a useful perspective to combine Network Analysis and “traditional” survey research.

Kathy Buckner

I'm a Senior Lecturer  working in the Social Informatics Research Group within the School of Computing at Napier University, Edinburgh, Scotland. If successful with an ESRC grant proposal (ESRC is a UK national research funding body & I hear the outcome of the proposal in mid-August) then I will almost certainly be using SNA to investigate the use of mobile technologies within the health domain. Specifically I'll be looking at communication between patients, their carers, their social contacts and their health professionals. Additionally, I hope to be in a better position after the course to advise others on how SNA might be applied to their research. I can be contacted at work on If you would like to come to Edinburgh to talk about your research, and especially how you have applied SNA, then get in touch!

Astrid Fell

I'm a PhD student at the Division of Political Science at Lulea University of Technology in Sweden. I am currently studying the forming and performance of policy networks so SNA will be a most useful apporach to understand how and why people get involved in different projects and also when explaining the differences in outcome. Why are, for instance, some NIMBY networks more successful than others?

David Denyer

Rosa Chun

Eduard Bonet

Millie Smith