This is the site of the Research Programme Dynamics of Networks and Behavior which is a collaborative programme of the Universities of Groningen and Utrecht (graduate school ICS) and Maastricht (Department of Health Promotion and Health Education). The Research Programme is financed by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) under grant 401-01-550.
As the example illustrates, networks and behavior can be causally entwined in a complicated manner. The analysis of social network dynamics often confronts us with such causality problems. Not just in the propagation of health risks, but also in a host of other applications of network analysis: collective action, the emergence of group norms, information flow, or brokerage. In all these disciplines, explanatory theories involve both network influences on individual behaviour and influences of individual characteristics on network formation.
Processes of contagion, social influence, or partner selection have been suggested for modelling partial aspects of these dynamics. For the special case of ego-centered network data, in principle, structural equation models for panel designs (cross-lagged models) are available. Yet for complete networks, to our knowledge, no such methodology is available yet. This we intend to change.
The principal questions of our research programme are:
This website is meant to be a traffic junction by which online resources about the dynamics of networks and behavior can be accessed. It should provide you with tools for data analysis as well as links to webpages about related research and researchers.
In particular, we intend to share the data analytical tools which we
develop. These will be implemented in the SIENA program (included in the
StOCNET program package), and you will be able
to access them via this website.