Social Network Analysis (SNA) in Research on Conflict Dynamics: Exposing Additional Ethical Challenges or Exacerbating Extant Ones?


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A seminar by Patrycja Stys (Edinburgh University)

Social Network Analysis (SNA) is gaining popularity across the social sciences. This presentation focuses on what it is; why we do it; and how we do it. I reflect on the ethics of social network research – whether SNA poses additional ethical challenges or exposes and exacerbates those already present in other methodological approaches. I draw on personal
experiences of desk and field research using SNA to study conflict dynamics in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Patrycja Steys is a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for African Studies at Edinburg University. Since 2008 she has been working on post-conflict state and social reconstruction, primarely focused on the Great Lakes Region.

This seminar is part of a series of research seminars on “Methods and Ethics in Fieldwork”. During these seminars national and international guests will be sharing their ‘story behind the findings’ with researchers from different departments, to have a profound reflection on methodological and ethical questions in performing empirical research.

For more information and registration, please contact Karen.buscher@ugent.be