Hello from the SNAS committee for 2016-2017!
Social Network Analysis in Scotland is back for the new academic year and your committee is in the midst of drawing up a schedule of talks and events for the coming months.
You’ll see details of the first seminar below, which is due to take place on the 25th October (Tuesday) at 16:00 in Meeting Room 5, Chrystal Macmillan Building,
University of Edinburgh. We are delighted to have invited Prof. Mark Tranmer, University of Glasgow, to kick off our monthly seminar series 2016-17.
We are also planning to have meetings in Glasgow as well as Edinburgh Napier in the coming academic year. Our focus will remain in the central belt, but we are of course
open to contributions from anywhere and everywhere.
Our international links were strengthened over the summer when founding co-convenor of SNAS, Heide Weishaar, moved to Berlin. We wish her well, and are wondering if we
should hold our next committee meeting over there as an excuse to pay her a visit.
We also welcome Robert Young, University of Glasgow, who is joining our organising committee. This year’s committee is currently:
- David Jarman (Edinburgh Napier University)
- Gil Viry (University of Edinburgh)
- John Mowbray (Edinburgh Napier University)
- Mark Wong (University of Edinburgh)
- Robert Young (University of Glasgow)
If you would like to join us in scheduling, administering and promoting the group, please let us know. Likewise, if you are keen to present or chair a session. We would
love to hear from you and there are still some spaces in the schedule.
Regular meetings will continue to be on the final Tuesday of the month. Our regular home remains George Square in Edinburgh, namely the Chrystal Macmillan Building. In
a change to last year’s room we will be hosting our CMB gatherings in Meeting Room 5 on the 5th floor, from 16:00-17:00.
Our upcoming seminar:
Network and School Variations in Adolescents’ Health Behaviour in Six European Cities: A Multilevel Analysis of Binary Response Variables.
Mark Tranmer, School of Social and Political Sciences, University of Glasgow, United Kingdom.
Vincent Lorant, Institute for Health and Society, Université catholique de Louvain, Brussels, Belgium
Date: 25th October 2016 (Tuesday)
Venue: Meeting Room 5, 5/F, Chrystal Macmillan Building, University of Edinburgh, EH8 9LD.
Previous multilevel analysis of adolescent health behaviour found differing degrees of variation from one school to the next in the nature and extent of individual’s’
use of tobacco, alcohol, and cannabis, and their level of daily activity. These four responses may be collectively termed “health behaviour”. Whilst it is insightful to measure the extent of individual and school variations in these four types of health behaviour,
many social hypotheses to the similarity of health behaviour of individuals in their chosen friendship network within the school. For example, there may be networks of smokers who have chosen to be friends through similar health behaviour, or felt peer pressure
to behave like their friends. Knowledge of network similarity of health behaviour, in the context of the school each pupil attends, will be useful in terms of future health interventions and policy. It is also insightful to assess these variations in the
context of key variables, such as gender. A method of estimating the extent of network and school variations in health behaviour is described and applied here to SILNE data (silne.ensp.org), through
the use of the Multiple Membership Multiple Classification (MMMC) Model. Models for Binary response variables are applied to the four health behaviours. The SILNE data includes six European cities: Namur-Belgium, Tampere-Finland, Hanover-Germany, Latina-Italy, Amersfoort-Netherlands
and Coimbra-Portugal, allowing cross-country comparisons. Results of these models will be presented.
We hope to see many of you there in our first meeting, and feel free to pass on the information of the seminar to anyone who might be interested. We welcome anyone with
an interest or experience of applying SNA to research projects and real-life problems.
We look forward to seeing you soon!
Mark, Robert, John, Gil and David.