31-May-24 Oltre le generazioni – Esperienze, relazioni, lavoro. On June 6 we’ll present a new study of generational diversity in Italian companies, based on a survey of over 18,000 employees in 60+ organizations, in collaboration between Behave Lab and Valore D. The event (in Italian) is open to non-university participants from organizations in the private and public sector. All information and sign-up are here.

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10-Apr-24 Job alert: applications are open for a postdoc researcher in my NetHealth project in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Milan. Application deadline on May 2, 2024. All details and links are here. Focus on personal networks, social networks/network science, health inequalities, agent-based modeling. The project team includes Viviana Amati (co-PI), Federico Bianchi, Flaminio Squazzoni, and me (PI). The postdoc will also be part of the Unimi Behave Lab.

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25-Mar-24 I’ll be at the University of Groningen this week to teach in the new international graduate course on Policy Analytics for Social Sustainability — a collaboration between the University of Milan, the University of Groningen, and the Lisbon School of Economics & Management, coordinated by Rafael Wittek and Francesca Giardini.

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22-Mar-24 Behave Lab‘s Federico Bianchi, Flaminio Squazzoni and I are organizing a 1.5-day international workshop on agent-based models of social networks next month (22-23 April 2024). Supported by the UniMi Computational Models and Designs Hub, the workshop will take place at the University of Milan Department of Social and Political Sciences and online. Participants include Filip Agneessens (University of Trento), Jen Badham (Durham University), Miranda Lubbers (Autonomous University of Barcelona), Gianluca Manzo (Sorbonne University), Christoph Stadtfeld (ETH Zürich), Christian Steglich and Andreas Flache (University of Groningen), Károly Takács (Linköping University), and more. More info and sign-up links are here.

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12-Mar-24 Oltre le generazioni — A new study about generational diversity in Italian companies was published today by the Italian national business association Valore D. Based on survey data from over 18000 respondents in 60+ companies, the study relied in part on a collaboration between Valore D and Behave Lab. I’ll be speaking at the Italian Chamber of Deputies today for an invited talk about generational diversity and social networks on the occasion of the study’s presentation (in Italian).

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15-Feb-24 Diversity, integration, and variability of intergenerational relationships in old age: new study out in collaboration with Federico Bianchi, with support and advice from Flaminio Squazzoni, Marco Albertini, and Behave Lab colleagues. Open access link here, reproducible project here.

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7-Feb-24 Using network science to evaluate and stimulate scientific collaborationChristopher McCarty (University of Florida) will be at the University of Milan for our ESOL seminar series next week (Monday 12/2 at 10:30). Location and info here, contact me to join online.

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29-Jan-24 I’ll be at the Autonomous University of Barcelona next week to talk about data and methods of personal network analysis at the egolab-GRAFO annual winter school (February 5-9). All information on schedule and registration is here.

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16-Jan-24 I’ll chair a NASP seminar next week (Wednesday 24/1 at 14:30) with Ronald Burt (University of Chicago and Bocconi University) about social networks and competitive advantage. Location and info here. Contact me for Teams link to join online.

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21-Dec-23 New funded project: Social network inequalities and health impacts: socioeconomic, geographic, and migration-related dimensions (NetHealth). NetHealth was just selected for funding by Fondazione Cariplo as part of its Inequalities Research call. The team includes Viviana Amati and myself (co-PI and PI) together with Federico Bianchi and Flaminio Squazzoni (Unimi Behave Lab), and Ilaria Capua (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies).

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22-Nov-23 We’re hiring! Two postdoc positions are opening as part of our ConsNet project: one at the University of Milan SPS department on digital media, natural language processing, and network science (info here), the other at the University of Milano-Bicocca DISMEQ department on personal networks, network modeling, and agent-based modeling (info here). Institutional links to submit applications and application deadlines will be posted soon, please check back here if interested.

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8-Nov-23 How does research on personal networks benefit from, and contributes to, computational social science? I’ll be (virtually) at the Irish Institute of Digital Business (IIDB) next week to talk about this with members of the IIDB global dotLAB network (Wednesday November 15 at 11:00 CEST).

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19-Sep-23 Welcome to our new student cohort in the ESOL PhD program in Economic Sociology, Organization, and Labor Studies! The new group includes students interested in sustainable growth, migration to Europe, how Artificial Intelligence is changing work, and research in computational social science with the Unimi Behave Lab and Computational Models and Designs Hub. They’ll be supported with funding from Unimi, the University of Bergamo, the University of Pavia, Collegio Carlo Alberto, and the Italian National Research Council.

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1-Aug-23 New research project starting soon: Conspiracy beliefs, personal networks, and health in the post-pandemic era (ConsNet). ConsNet was just funded under the PRIN program by the Italian Ministry of University and Research. I’m the project PI and will work with Viviana Amati (co-PI), Massimo Airoldi, and Federico Bianchi. ConsNet will be based at the University of Milan (Behave Lab and SPS Department) and University of Milan-Bicocca (Statistics Department). More project updates soon!

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15-Jul-23 ALGOLIT: Understanding and boosting algorithmic literacy — New project starting in the coming months at University of Trento Sociology and Unimi Behave Lab, funded by the Italian Ministry of University and Research PRIN program. I’ll be in the ALGOLIT team together with PI Giuseppe Veltri, co-PI Flaminio Squazzoni, and Marco Cremonini.

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7-Jul-23 Natural language processing and network science methods find bridging topics to integrate health and sustainable development in research and policy: new article out in Globalization & Health from a collaboration with Thomas Smith, Luca Mantegazza, and Ilaria Capua.

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28-Jun-23 Call for Applications: Our ESOL PhD program in Economic Sociology, Organization and Labor Studies is now accepting applications for PhD scholarships starting in October 2023 (application deadline: July 26, 2023). Nine fully funded PhD student positions are available in the program, including 2 positions with an emphasis on computational social science. The ESOL PhD program is hosted in the Department of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Milan (Unimi). ESOL PhD students have the opportunity to join the Unimi Behave Lab. For more information about the call see the ESOL program’s website and the Unimi application page. Contact me or Prof. Flaminio Squazzoni for more info.

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26-Jun-23 I’ll be in Warsaw next week at the 20th IMISCOE Annual Conference for the panel “Immigrant integration, social participation and inequalities”. We’ll be presenting ongoing research on inequalities in social networks between migrants and non-migrants in the US (with Basak Bilecen).

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2-May-23 Excited to meet new and old colleagues at the ARS’23 Workshop on Social Network Analysis in Ischia today and tomorrow. A lot of new research will be presented by Behave Lab folks here in the next couple of days.

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3-Apr-23 Today I’ll be at the University of Milan-Bicocca, Department of Sociology and Social Research, for a seminar on social network analysis in urban sociology with graduate students in the URBEUR PhD program.

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15-Mar-23 Next week I’ll participate in the first advisory board meeting for the PATCHWORK project, with Miranda Lubbers (PI) and her Coalesce Lab at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

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30-Jan-23 Next week I’ll be at the 12th edition of the Winter School on “Personal Networks: Theory, Methods and Applications“. Lectures and workshops on research design, data collection, and analytic methods for personal network research with José Luis Molina, Miranda Lubbers, Chris McCarty, Bernie Hogan, Jürgen Lerner and other great colleagues. February 6-10 at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

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13-Jan-23 Next edition of my workshop on egocentric network analysis with R (online) is planned for the 2023 INSNA Sunbelt conference (Portland, Oregon, June 27- July 1, 2023).