Mitchell Centre Seminar Series
|Dates:||8 March 2017|
|Times:||16:00 - 17:30|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
Speakers: Frank Boons and Wouter Spekkink
Title: Using event graphs for analysing social process
In this seminar we report on ongoing work to use event graphs as tools for increasing our understanding of social processes, such as the emergence of industrial clusters, and policy processes around contested technologies or resource management (see Spekkink & Boons (2016) for a recent publication). The notion of an event graph builds on the work of Peter Abell (1987), and revolves around the reconstruction of social processes as networks, where nodes represent events, and where edges represent relationships between events. Event graphs provide a starting point for the application of several analytical tools that can be used to, for example, identify typical sequences of events, discover regularities in the patterns of relationships between events, or study dynamics of social networks. In the seminar we present (1) key assumptions on constructing event graphs, (2) our approach to constructing datasets out of qualitative data, and (3) the potential of several analytical techniques.
Abell, P. (1987). The syntax of social life: The theory and method of comparative narratives. Oxford University Press, USA.
Spekkink, W. A. H., & Boons, F. A. A. (2016). The Emergence of Collaborations. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 26(4). https://doi.org/10.1093/jopart/muv030
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