Alex Stivala

PostdocMelNet Social Network Research GroupCentre for Transformative InnovationSwinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia.

International fellow, SoNAR-C Social Network Analysis Research Center, Institute of Computational ScienceUniversità della Svizzera italiana, Lugano, Switzerland.



Please note that I can no longer access my old University of Melbourne address Email sent there will be silently lost forever.

Please do not contact me about supervision. I am merely a junior ("level A" in Australian terminology) postdoc, and not a "professor". I do not supervise students (at any level).


All of my publications are available for free online (via this website).

Please note: I no longer review for, or submit manuscripts to, journals published by Elsevier.

Google Scholar profile (this is the best source for up-to-date publication and citation information).

Journal articles

Book chapter

  • Y. Kashima, M. Kirley, A. Stivala, and G. Robins 2017. Modeling cultural dynamics. Ch. 13 in R R. Vallacher, S. J. Read, & A. Nowak (Eds.) Computational Social Psychology. New York: Psychology Press.


  • Swiss National Research Programme 75 Big Data research grant:  Lomi, Crestani, Robins, Stivala, Angelopoulos & Mira, The Global Structure of Knowledge Networks: Data, Models and Empirical Results. 2017 - 2020.
  • AOARD FA2386-15-1-4020 "Dissemination of opinions and ideas via complex contagion on social networks" 1 July 2015 - 1 July 2016 (with Yoshihisa Kashima, Garry Robins, Michael Kirley)
  • PASC "Snowball sampling" 1 April 2015 - 31 March 2017 (with Alessandro Lomi, Rolf Krause, Garry Robins, Alberto Caimo)
  • VLSCI VR0261/VR0297 "Co-Evolutionary Dynamics of Culture and Social Structure" / "Modelling large social networks: statistics and cultural dynamics" 1 January 2013 - 31 December 2016 (with Garry Robins, Yoshihisa Kashima, Michael Kirley)


Supplementary material for publications

Source code, data sets, web server (where applicable) etc. related to the publications above are available via the following links:



  • In semester 2, 2007 I was the head tutor for 433-253: Algorithms and Data Structures.
  • In semester 1, 2007 I was the head tutor for 433-253: Algorithms and Data Structures.
  • In semester 2, 2006 I tutored 433-253: Algorithms and Data Structures.