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Dear colleagues and students,


The POLNET school ( has been offering an extensive range of social network analysis (SNA) courses for two decades now. SNA is a promising methodological tool and theoretical approach and its use has increased exponentially. Social network analysis offers numerous quantitative applications in the field of political, sociological and organizational sciences. These methodological tools, practices, theoretical assignments, and practical problems play a central role in this POLNET seminar. Our intention is to provide the participants with knowledge on basic functions of social network analysis such as centrality analysis (which actors are central in a given network?), subgroup analysis (do specific actors share a particularly large amount of connections with each other?), or discourse network analysis. In addition to an overview of theories and data in political science network re-search, the most important network analysis techniques are presented. A central component of the course is its practical introduction to the programs R, DNA, Visone and NetLogo. Moreover, we cover advanced SNA techniques such as QAP (Quadratic Assignment Procedure), ERGMs (Exponential Random Graphs Models) and ABM (Agent Based Modeling).


This workshop is suitable for graduate students (Master’s and doctoral levels), as well as for researchers with an interest in the empirical study of social and political networks.

POLNET Barcelona will take place from February 18 to February 21, 2020. It will be organized jointly with our host institution this year: the Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI).The IBEI premises are located in Carrer Ramon Trias Fargas 25-27. 08005 Barcelona (Spain). You will find further information at:


The POLNET 2020 Barcelona team consists of highly qualified International lecturers, who bring in their expertise and knowledge on the subject. The POLNET faculty includes Carlos Bravo1,2, Jacint Jordana 1,2, Lukáš Lehotský3, José Luis Molina4, Melanie Nagel5, Petr Ocelík3, Keiichi Satoh6, Volker Schneider5 and Annie Waldherr7.


1 Barcelona Institute of International Studies (IBEI); 2 Pompeu Fabra University; 3 Masaryk University; 4 Autonomous University of Barcelona; 5 University of Konstanz; 6 University of Helsinki; 7 University of Muenster


Please do not hesitate to contact [log in to unmask] with any further questions or to register your interest in attending the summer school until January 15, 2020. You can also access additional information on  


We are looking forward to welcoming you in Barcelona in February 2020.


Best regards also on behalf of the POLNET team,






Dr. Melanie Nagel

University of Konstanz

Department of Politics and Public Administration

Chair Empirical Theory of the State

Prof. Dr. Volker Schneider

Office D 331

phone: +49-7531-88-2315

fax: +49-7531-88-4006

mobile: +49-176-23233 529

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