Networks have become an exciting term associated to research with major impact, media coverage and student interest in a variety of fields. Network analysis is naturally interdisciplinary. Typical networks that underlie social science phenomena include friendships among individuals, innovation spill over across firms, input-output production linkages and supply chains, international trade flows, and over-the-counter trades between banks. Studying the network effects that underlie such phenomena is often extremely complex requiring the mastery of advanced mathematical and statistical tools as well as computing tools in some cases. In fact, the common mathematical and statistical tools specific to network analysis create a natural link between social sciences and STEM sciences.
Our work capitalises on a strong base; we benefit from the established tradition of social science research already taking place at the University of Essex, as well as an excellent relationship with a growing Department of Mathematics. Furthermore, Professor Sanjeev Goyal, one the pioneers of social networks research, now at Cambridge, conducted some of his key research in the area while in the Department of Economics at Essex between 2003 and 2006.
Our members belong to a multitude of different disciplines, both within and outside of the University of Essex, view our complete list of members, visit their individual staff profiles and learn more about their research interests by visiting our members page.
"Network analysis is naturally interdisciplinary. Our members belong to a multitude of disciplines, both within and outside of the University. In such a diverse environment, new ideas flourish and lead to ground-breaking discoveries with far reaching benefits for society."
The members of the Centre for Social and Economic Network Analysis (SENA) belong to a broad range of disciplines. From political science and sociology, to mathematics and economics; our interdisciplinary collaboration ensures our research is multi-faceted and dynamic.
DirectorDepartment of Economics, University of Essex
Professor Ghiglino chairs the research in social identity and peer effects. His interest is in understanding the drives of other regarding behaviour, as altruism, using the tools of network analysis. As Director he has general oversight of the Centre, in particular linking the economics department with SENA.
Deputy DirectorDepartment of Government, University of Essex
Professor Leifeld chairs the research areas on Political Networks and Higher-Order Networks and Network Inference. He is interested in bringing together researchers and PGR students across disciplines at the University of Essex who work on topics related to networks. Contact him if you are potentially interested in joining our activities.
Deputy DirectorDepartment of Economics, University of Essex
Dr Altermatt is active in the research area on Financial Networks and Contagion. He is interested in bringing together knowledge about modelling and understanding networks from various disciplines. He coordinates the organisation of external talks and workshops within the Centre. Contact him if you are potentially interested in joining our activities.
Visit our research areas to discover more about specific research currently being undertaken at the Centre for Social and Economic Network Analysis. Each research area showcases a list of members, with links to their staff profiles and details of supervision status.