Podcast: Social Network Analysis With Ashton Verdery
October 10, 2018
In our latest podcast, Ashton Verdery, assistant professor of sociology and demography at Penn State, discusses social network analysis (SNA). One increasingly important use of SNA is to study marginalized populations who are otherwise hard to sample. In health, behavioral, and social sciences, SNA has been used to examine how people relate to one another; how relationships affect the flow of items such as diseases, goods, information, or behaviors; how individual positions in broader network structures affect the risks of contracting diseases, hearing of opportunities, or generating new ideas; and more. In this podcast, Ashton explains the value and challenges of SNA in a behavioral health context. He also discusses projects from his research, including his work studying the heroin crisis in Pennsylvania, kidney transplant candidates, and migrant populations.
00:00 - Introduction
00:31 - What is social network analysis (SNA) and why do it?
03:51 - Why does SNA interest you?
05:46 - Why is SNA valuable in behavioral health?
09:00 - Do policy changes affect migrants’ social networks?
13:15 - What are the methodological challenges in SNA?
19:17 - How are the social network questions different and similar in your research projects on kidney transplants and your research on the heroin crisis?