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International Network for Social Network Analysis

The International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) is a professional academic association of researchers and practitioners of social network analysis.[1] Members have interests in social networks as a new theoretical paradigm, in methodological developments, and in a variety of applications of different types of social networks approaches, social network software, and social networking.


Membership, history and outputEdit

INSNA's membership consists of more than 1,000 social network analysis researchers, who have a website (see External links) and an active email discussion group, SOCNET[2] with over 2,750 subscribers.[3]

INSNA is international and interdisciplinary. Most members are social scientists, but there is significant involvement by mathematicians, statisticians, the business world (especially management consultants), and social networking software creators and analysts.

It was founded in 1977 by Barry Wellman, a sociologist to connect scattered network analysts, dispersed across countries and fields.[4] It was headed by communications scientist William Richards from 2005 until his sudden death in August 2007.[5] He was succeeded by Vice-president George Barnett, a Communication Science professor at the University of California, Davis, and then John Skvoretz (University of South Florida). As of 2016, the president is Steve Borgatti of the University of Kentucky and the vice president is Laura Koehly of the National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Program.

As well as publishing a triannual journal Connections on the subject, INSNA also:

  • Runs SOCNET, a listserv mailing-list for the subject.
  • Hosts the International Sunbelt Social Network Conference annually.[6] See list below.
  • Facilitates regional and specialized conferences.
  • Publishes a quarterly journal, Social Networks.[7]
  • Publishes the online Journal of Social Structure, irregular periodicity.[8]
  • Provides links to researchers around the world.
  • Provides raw data.

List of Annual "Sunbelt" Meetings / Keynote SpeakersEdit

Starting in the 1990s, the Keynote Speakers were also recognized with the Georg Simmel Distinguished Career Award.

See alsoEdit



  • Freeman, Linton C. (2004) The Development of Social Network Analysis: A Study in the Sociology of Science. Vancouver: Empirical Press. ISBN 1-59457-714-5.
  • Barry Wellman, “Networking Network Analysts: How INSNA (the International Network for Social Network Analysis) Came to Be.” Connections 23, 1 (Summer, 2000): 20-31.


  1. ^ Intute: Social Sciences, Intute website.
  2. ^ "INSNA: SOCNET". Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "UFL LISTSERV Archives". Retrieved 29 June 2016. 
  4. ^ Barry Wellman biography: Netlab at the University of Toronto website.
  5. ^ William Richards' profile at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia (Canada), website.
  6. ^ Annual International Sunbelt Social Network Conference Archived 2007-05-22 at the Wayback Machine.: INSNA website.
  7. ^ Social Networks, quarterly journal.
  8. ^ Journal of Social Structure, online journal, irregular periodicity.
  9. ^ "Sunbelt Conference Program, 2016" (PDF). Retrieved 29 June 2016. 

External linksEdit