Professor Garry Robins - Social Network Research

Affiliations: 
Professorial Fellow, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia
Adjunct Professor, Swinburne University, Melbourne, Australia.

Contact email: garrylr AT unimelb.edu.au

Biographical:

I originally received a BSc honours degree in mathematics before a first career in the Australian foreign service. I returned to academia through completion of a B.A. and PhD in mathematical psychology from the University of Melbourne. My PhD research won awards from the Psychometric Society and the American Psychological Association. My principal work in social networks has been methodological, focussing on the development of exponential random graph models, but I have many collaborations in applied network-based research: for instance, epidemiology, animal behavior, defence, organizational and environmental studies. I am a past winner of the Freeman Award from the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) and of the i2 award for the most highly cited paper in INSNA-related journals.  My most recent book, Doing Social Network Research: Network-based Research Design for Social Scientists, appeared in 2015.  I was awarded the 2016 Simmel Award from INSNA for lifetime achievement in social network research.

Research Awards:

2017: Elected Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia

2016: Harrison White Outstanding Book Award in Mathematical Sociology, American Sociology Association: Lusher, D., Koskinen, J., & Robins, G. (2013). Exponential random graph models for social networks: Theory, methods and applications. Cambridge University Press.

2016: Simmel Award, International Network for Social Network Analysis

2012: i2 Award for most highly cited paper, International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA). Robins, Snijders, Wang, Handcock & Pattison (2007).

2011: i2 Award for most highly cited paper, International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA). Robins, Pattison, Kalish & Lusher (2007).

2007: Linton Freeman Award winner, International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA). Awarded every second year to a “distinguished scholar in the field of social networks for significant contributions to the scientific study of social structure.”

2000: Distinguished Dissertation Award, Division 5 (Evaluation, Measurement & Statistics), American Psychological Association.

            1999: Psychometric Society Dissertation Prize.

Recent books:

Robins, G. (2015). Doing social network research: Network-based research design for social scientists. Sage.

Lusher, D., Koskinen, J., & Robins, G. (2013). Exponential random graph models for social networks: Theory, methods and applications. Cambridge University Press.


Links:

Melnet Social Network Research Group:  a Melbourne-based consortium of universities expert in social network analysis. Go to this page for the PNet software.