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Social Network Analysis (SNA), a quantitative structuralist methodology largely developed by sociologists in the 1970s that has grown into a sizeable international and inter-disciplinary research field, has – following the work of Alderson and Beckfield (2004) – begun to attract interest among those engaged in research on both world cities and urban networks per se (e.g. Alderson and Beckfield, 2007, 2010, 2012; Green, 2007; Taylor, 2006; Mould & Joel, 2010). In addition, two textbooks have been recently published to bring some of the more commonly used SNA software packages to the undergraduate urban studies classroom (Giuffre, 2013; Neal, 2013). Papers are invited which utilise a social network perspective to seek to better understand the relations, connections, networks, and co-production within and between the world’s cities. Papers could report empirical findings, theoretical and/or methodological advances, including critiques of either, specific SNA methods and results, or the inherent structuralism of SNA as a tool for researching the urban.

Please send abstracts of no more than 200 words by February 14th to

Annual International Conference 2014:
Dr Richard G. Smith, PhD (Bristol)
Co-Director of the Centre for Urban Theory, Department of Geography, College of Science, Swansea University, Singleton Park, Swansea SA2 8PP, UK Tel. +44(0)1792 602558 Fax +44(0)1792 295955
Skype: dr.richard.g.smith

A few recent publications:

Richard G. Smith (2013) The ordinary city trap snaps back. Environment and Planning A doi:10.1068/a46284

Richard G. Smith (2013) The Ordinary City Trap. Environment and Planning A doi:10.1068/a45516

Richard G. Smith (2013) Beyond the Global City Concept and the Myth of ‘Command and Control’. International Journal of Urban and Regional Research  doi:10.1111/1468-2427.12024 [ Featured in IJURR Latest News: ]



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