The primary goal of the ‘Networks in the Global World’ conference series 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 linking theoretical and methodological developments in network analysis. NetGloW’16 thematically revolved around relations between diverse networks. In 2018, the main conference topic was devoted to the principles bringing to life various kinds of networks, dealing with the logics and mechanisms that generate network structures - in Europe and around the world. NetGloW’20 discussed networks in their situational, cultural, historical, institutional, temporal, spatial, and professional contexts, and how these contexts mold understanding of relations and, thereby, of particular networks.

The main theme of NetGloW in 2022 is concerned with time, would it imply change of network structures over time, certain historical points when networks occur, relational stories endowing links and networks with meaning, or other related issues. In line with its tradition, the conference engages dynamics of different kinds of networks, whether they connect persons, symbolic elements, material things, organizations, social institutions, political entities, or other types of nodes. The event also seeks understanding of relational dynamics between networks of different kinds. We are equally curious to look into network change throughout the development of personal trajectories, relational dynamics in dyads, or at the whole-network level. We are interested to understand the meaning of change in the context of a particular historical time or to look for the fundamental principles of change in typical relations, such as friendship or power. The participants are welcome to propose new theorizations of time in network analysis, offer new methods to test theories of network change, or come up with applications to new data. Archive-based data on networks of the past, longitudinal, and time-stamped data are particularly welcome, especially those revolving around European societies. In addition, the conference not only questions how network structure changes, but also how individual, dyadic, and whole-level perceptions of specific relations and whole networks change over time, alongside with the change of network structure. Accordingly, both methods capturing change interpretively and those relying on formal and statistical inquiries are welcome, especially mixed methods striving at finding the fundamental principles of network dynamics together with the corresponding network patterns while understanding the meaning of these principles and patterns in broader socio-cultural contexts.

The core subject areas of the NetGloW conference series remain the same in 2022, as well as the overall approach: The focus on advances in network analysis combining different types of methods and data to address the challenges in studying various kinds of networks, compared across cultures, societies, states, economies, and cities, – with a primary focus on European societies. Like before, a particular emphasis is 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, once more NetGloW 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.


Call for proposals to organize sessions, workshops, and round tables.


‘NetGloW’ volume of the Springer’s ‘Lecture Notes in Networks and Systems’ indexed in Scopus.

LNNS volume of NetGloW 2020.


Online programme book with abstracts in pdf.


Nikita Basov, St. Petersburg University (chair)

Elisa Bellotti, University of Manchester

Camille Roth, CNRS / Humboldt University, Berlin

Iina Hellsten, University of Amsterdam

Peng Wang, Swinburne University of Technology

Aleksandra Nenko, NRU ITMO

Artem Antonyuk, St. Petersburg University

Svetlana Bodrunova, St. Petersburg University

Olessia Koltsova, HSE University – St. Petersburg


NetGloW 2020 “Structures in Contexts. Understanding Relations in European Societies and beyond”

NetGloW 2018 "Principles behind Structures:Patterns of complexity in European societies and beyond"

NetGloW 2016 "Multiple Structures and Dynamics: Applications of Network Analysis to European Societies and Beyond"

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