POLNET+ May 29 & 30, 2020

Comparing Networks

The 2020 edition of the POLNET+ summer school on advanced social network analysis will focus on comparative methods for network analysis from the sociological and political science perspectives. We will compare different kinds of networks, including social networks, cultural networks, discourse networks and committee networks. We will draw comparisons between networks at the local and national levels, and between networks over time. The program offers theoretical lectures with empirical examples as well as interactive hands-on tutorials that will provide the participants with advanced knowledge on qualitative and quantitative methods for drawing network comparisons.

Due to the COVID-19 situation, we will not hold this summer school at the University of Konstanz, as we usually do; instead, we will offer it in the form of a webinar. The webinar will be organized by the University of Konstanz faculty members Boris Holzer (Department of Sociology) and Volker Schneider (Department of Politics and Public Administration). It will take place on May 29 and May 30, 2020. Our program also includes a keynote speech by Jeff Broadbent (University of Minnesota).

You can find more information about the faculty in the list of short biographies (pdf-file, 206 KB).

Comparing Networks

Friday, May 29, 9:30 - 18:00 and Saturday, May 30, 9:30 - 15:30, 

Zoom Webinar, beginning time for the Online Sessions is at Central European Summertime (CEST)
Print Version (pdf-file, 142 KB)

Friday (May 29) Saturday (May 30)
9:30-10:00 (CEST)
[1] Welcome & Introduction (Online Session)
Volker Schneider & Boris Holzer

[10] Comparing Networks over Time: Methods and Applications (Video Session)
Monica Di Gregorio

[2] Refresher I - Basic Concepts of Social Network Analysis (Video Session)
Carlos Bravo

[11] Comparing Twitter Networks over Time (Video Session)
Felix Bossner

[3] Refresher II - Social Network Analysis with R (Video Session)
Lukáš Lehotský

[12] Comparing Climate Change Policy Committees in Germany & Japan (Video Session)
Melanie Nagel & Keiichi Satoh

[4] Refresher III - Social Network Analysis with R (Video Session)
Petr Ocelík

[13] Paul Wagner: Comparing Climate Policy Networks by ERGMs (Video Session)
Paul Wagner

[5] Comparing Networks from a Sociological Perspective (Video Session)
Boris Holzer

[14] Comparing Discourse Networks Using COMPON Data: Methods and Applications (Video Session)
John Sonnett & Jeff Broadbent

[6] Networks in Comparative Politics and Policy Research (Video Session) 
Volker Schneider

14.00 – 15.30 (CEST)
[15] Q&A (Online Session)

[7] Comparing Policy Networks: Linking SNA and QCA (Video Session)
Claudius Wagemann

15.30 – 17.00 (CEST)
[16] Research Project Presentations (Online Session)

16.00 – 17.00 (CEST)
[8] Keynote: “COMPON – Comparing Climate Change Networks across Countries” (Online Session)
Jeff Broadbent


17.00 – 18.00 (CEST)
[9] Q&A (Online Session)