Welcome to the Social Networks Lab at the University of Melbourne.

The Social Networks Lab focuses on modelling different network structures and the effects that those networks may have on individual and system-level outcomes. The statistical and methodological work is driven by a highly interdisciplinary substantive research agenda with application areas in public health, safety and security, geography, demography, and related areas. Research is typically based on relationships among individuals collected through direct elicitation but may also have been quantified from archival and historical records, or even from literary texts or films. Questions central to network research include the processes of how people chose to connect to the people they do and whether you choose people similar to yourself or whether you become similar to the people you are connected to.