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National Research University Higher School of EconomicsNewsOn CampusOxford Professor Visits HSE in Saint Petersburg

Oxford Professor Visits HSE in Saint Petersburg

At the invitation of the Laboratory of Sociology in Education and Science, renowned sociologist and statistician Tom Snijders is visiting HSE St. Petersburg on March 9-12. Dr. Snijders is a Professor at Oxford University (Great Britain), an emeritus fellow of Nuffield College, and a Professor at the University of Groningen (Netherlands).

Professor Snijders is well known for his textbook on multilevel analysis, but he is better known for his pioneering work in social network analysis. He has created or overseen the creation of several models of statistical analysis on network data, the most famous of which is SIENA, which is used to study the co-evolution of networks and behavior. Snijders is not only an outstanding statistician, but also an outstanding sociologist and the author of many academic articles and books. As an example, The Handbook of Rational Choice Social Research was recently released under his editorship.

Daniil Alexandrov remarks: ‘We have a long-standing history of cooperation with Tom. We meet regularly at the Sunbelt international conference for social network analysis, and the laboratory’s team has visited the University of Groningen on numerous occasions. Tom is a very lively, nice, and kind individual, and he is attentive towards his colleagues and students.’

During his visit, Professor Snijders will meet with HSE post-graduate students and staff who use social network analysis in their work. On Thursday, March 12, an open academic seminar will take place at the Laboratory of Sociology in Education and Science during which students and staff will present their work. Snijders will also present at the seminar. On Friday, March 13, Professor Snijders will give a lecture on modern social network analysis models.