The primary goal of the NetGloW conference series in St. Petersburg is to bring together networks researchers from around the globe, to unite the efforts of various scientific disciplines in response to the key challenges faced by network scholarship today, and to exchange original research results – thus enabling analysis of global social processes as well as theoretical and methodological advancements.

NetGloW series took off in 2012, with the conference subtitled “Structural Transformations in Europe, the US and Russia”, and hosted researchers, political practitioners and business representatives from all around the world to highlight the challenges catalyzed by the growing importance of networks in the world and to reflect on these societal transformations. The 2014 event mainly focused on the issue of linking theoretical and methodological developments in network analysis. NetGloW’16 thematically revolved around relations between diverse networks and mainly dealt with comparisons of networks across cultures, societies, states, economies, and cities, - with a primary focus on European societies.

In 2018, the main conference topic is devoted to the principles bringing to life various kinds of networks, whether those are inter-personal networks, semantic networks, organizational networks, material networks, spatial networks, or other. We are especially interested in theoretical, methodological and empirical papers dealing with the logics and mechanisms that generate network structures. Theorywise, we encourage the participants to derive specific principles of network formation suggested by theorizations in the disciplines corresponding to the types of networks - and outside these disciplines. Methodologically, the authors may want to consider approaches and analytical techniques that go beyond visual or statistical description of networks and enable the quest for the principles behind the observed structures, one of the examples being ERGMs and SAOMs that look at micro-patterns yielding overall network structure. Simultaneously, qualitative and mixed methods are always welcome at NetGloW and they can also be used for these purposes, often delivering insights unknown to quantitative analysts. In terms of applications, the conference particularly welcomes comparative studies that use empirical data to reveal invariant principles of structure formation, whether those are characteristic of a certain type of networks, a particular kind of empirical setting, a specific culture or are operative in different networks, settings and cultures - in Europe and around the world.

Main subject areas of the NetGloW conference series and the overall approach will remain the same in 2018: the focus on advances in network analysis combining different types of methods and data to jointly address various kinds of networks compared across cultures, societies, states, economies, and cities, - with a primary focus on European societies. Like before, a particular emphasis will be on linkages between theory, method and applications, considering how theory-driven principles can be tested and which settings are suitable for such investigations. The conference will offer a coherent set of sessions and workshops corresponding to this overall approach. Simultaneously, for the first time NetGloW also invites proposals from the community of network scholars on sessions and workshops they would like to bring to the conference, both in line with the proposed main topic and in addition to it.

Endorsed by


Dr. Nikita Basov, St. Petersburg State University

Dr. Dimitris Christopoulos, MODUL University Vienna

Dr. Jana Diesner, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)

Dr. Iina Hellsten, University of Amsterdam

Dr. Anisya Khokhlova, St. Petersburg State University

Prof. John Levi Martin, University of Chicago

Prof. John Mohr, University of California-Santa Barbara

Dr. Aleksandra Nenko, NRU ITMO

Prof. Tom Snijders, University of Groningen

Dr. Peng Wang, Swinburne University of Technology


The information will follow.
Abstract submission will be open on November 30, 2017.