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The new Swinburne node of the MelNet Social Network Group is to be launched on Monday 3 December 2012 at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.


MelNet is a Melbourne-based consortium of universities with significant expertise in social network analysis, and which conducts research and training in the theory, methods and applications of social networks. The Swinburne node, headed by Professor Michael Gilding and Dr Dean Lusher, will join the University of Melbourne MelNet node, headed by Professor Pip Pattison and Professor Garry Robins (www.sna.unimelb.edu.au).


This promises to be a great event, with internationally respected speakers presenting a range of projects using cutting-edge social network techniques for which the MelNet University of Melbourne node is internationally regarded. The addition of the Swinburne node to the MelNet group brings more of a focus on theory and applications which strongly complements the methodological expertise of the University of Melbourne node.


The day’s proceedings shall include:

·         An introduction by Professor Pip Pattison, University of Melbourne, Australia

·         A keynote lecture by visiting Professor Alessandro Lomi, Institute of Management, University of Lugano, Switzerland

·         Brief presentations by University of Melbourne MelNet members (Mr Peng Wang, Dr David Rolls, Dr Colin Gallagher) followed by questions

·         Brief presentations by Swinburne MelNet members (Prof Michael Gilding, A/Prof Malcolm Alexander, Dr Dean Lusher) followed by questions

·         Free lunch (from 1pm)


Date:                     Monday, 3 December 2012
Time:                     9am – 1pm (followed by lunch at 1pm)

Location:              Room AGSE207 (Australian Graduate School of Entrepreneurship building, lecture theatre 207: G3 on map below)

Swinburne University of Technology, Hawthorn Campus, Australia



This is a free event, but please RSVP for catering purposes. Any inquiries and RSVP should be made to Dr Dean Lusher ([log in to unmask]). We look forward to seeing you there, so please join us for the launch of the Swinburne node of MelNet.


Kind regards



Dr Dean Lusher

Lecturer in Sociology

Swinburne Institute for Social Research |Faculty of Life and Social Sciences

Swinburne University of Technology

Mail Number: H98

400 Burwood Rd, Hawthorn VIC 3122, Australia

T+61 3 9214 8687  F+61 3 9214 5230

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Check out our new book on ERGMs: Lusher, D., Koskinen, J., & Robins, G. (2012). Exponential random graph models for social networks: Theory, methods and applications. Cambridge University Press.http://www.cambridge.org/aus/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521141383

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