Baines Wing, Room G.37


Baines Wing, Room G.37
13 Beech Grove Terrace, Woodhouse, Leeds LS2 9DA


19 Feb 2020


1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Digital Methods Workshops: Social Network Analysis

This workshop has been organised by the Data, Communication & New Technologies (DCT) Pathway and includes Advanced Qualitative Methods. The training is open to all PhD students across the 7 interdisciplinary Pathways within the White Rose Universities.

The Digital Methods Workshops series: These are introductory and interactive workshops designed to explore and critically think about digital methods, digital literacy and digital expertise. Students will learn some basics about digital methods and have a go at doing them as part of the workshop. They are designed to be introductory sessions, so best suited to level one or two students, although the discussions on critical reflection and literacy is appropriate for all levels. Those who want to add methods to an existing toolkit are also welcome.

In this workshop we will look at the components of social networks – individuals and connections between them within friend lists, conversations and other connected content. Represented as nodes and edges within graphs these can represent communities, conversations and content maps and can answer questions about interpersonal connection and communication, influence and power. Using simple tools we will identify and use key metrics that describe positions and roles within networks to interrogate questions about the actors that we identify.

Workshop Leader

Chris Birchall

Lecturer in Digital Media

Chris Birchall is a Lecturer in Digital Media and researches political communication online using digital methods, including bespoke coding and scraping tools. His background is that of a professional software and web developer, having worked in a variety of positions in IT companies, as a freelancer, in the voluntary sector, the NHS and within Higher Education. ChrisI joined the School in 2010 as a Research Associate, becoming a lecturer in 2016 after completing a PhD which focused on interface design, social dynamics and political conversation in online spaces.

Workshop Organiser

Dr Helen Thornham

Associate Professor, University of Leeds

Helen Thornham is an Associate Professor in Digital Cultures and has written widely about issues of gender, embodiment and technology. Helen joined the School of Media and Communication in 2011 from City University London where she was a lecturer in Media and Sociology. Her research centres on issues of gender and digital technology; STS; feminist new media theories; digital methods and critical data studies.
Helen has recently published a book on ‘Gender and Digital Culture: Between Irreconcilability and the Datalogical’ (Routledge).

PLEASE NOTE: Students are responsible for arranging travel to and from these Pathway Specific Training sessions. The WRDTP cannot reimburse travel costs to these sessions.