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From 21 June 2017 to 23 June 2017

Workshop on Statistical Social Network Analysis with R

A workshop “Statistical Social Network Analysis With R” will be held on June 21 – 23 2017 in Birkbeck, University of London.

9 funded places are available (travel + accommodation) thanks to COSTNET.


Statistical network analysis plays an integral role in data science across multiple disciplines such as social sciences, business, and management helping make decisions based on the interpretation of complex relational data structures. Statistical software tools (such as R) are essential to give the possibility to end users to analyse the complexity of relational data in many applied settings.

This hands-on workshop will provide participants with an overall understanding of statistical models for the analysis of relational data with application to real-world problems in social sciences.

The workshop is open to postgraduates, early career researchers and scientists from academia, industry and government agencies.

Participants are encouraged to bring their own data to work on.

Live demonstrations and social interactions between participants will be an important part of this workshop.


Room 417 (Main Building)
Birkbeck, University of London
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX


Day 1 – Fundamental network concepts:

  • Collection and organization of relational data, Visualisation, Network descriptives.
  • Guest lecture: Alessandro Provetti.

Day 2 – Statistical modelling:

  • Exponential random graph models (ERGMs), Model assessment, Model selection,
  • Application and tips on working with real-world datasets.
  • Guest lecture: Kerstin Sailer.

Day 3 – Advanced topics:

  • Bayesian inference for ERGMs, Latent space network models, Case studies.



Isabella Gollini – Lecturer in Statistics – Birkbeck, University of London, UK


Isabella Gollini, Lecturer in Statistics – Birkbeck, University of London, UK

Paola Zappa, Lecturer in Management – Maynooth University, Ireland

Alberto Caimo, Lecturer in Statistics – Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland

Invited speakers

Alessandro Provetti, Director of Birkbeck Institute of Data Analytics, UK

Kerstin Sailer, Reader in Social and Spatial Networks – The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London, UK

Nicky Zachariou, Data Scientist at Government Digital Service, UK


  • Students £250
  • Others £400
  • PhD Student sponsored by COSTNET (this fee covers meals only) £80.

There are 9 funded places available (travel + accommodation!) for COST PhD students. To apply for the scholarship fill in the declaration form and attach all the documents required to:  Please fill out the COSTNET registration form and send it to Isabella Gollini:


The workshop will be limited to 30 participants. Please notice that places will be given on a first come first served basis.

To register, please fill in the online registration form.

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