The Australian Network for Social Network Analysis (ANSNA) aims to build greater coordination and collaboration among social network researchers and practitioners in Australia and overseas, and raise the profile of Australian social network research nationally and internationally. It is the national focal point for SNA in Australia, providing information about resources, connections, training in SNA, conferences, and more. ANSNA is endorsed by the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA).
Two co-chairs of ANSNA serve as contact points to the SNA community in Australia. In 2019, these co-chairs are:
Robert Ackland is an Associate Professor in the School of Sociology at the Australian National University. His PhD was in economics, but since 2002 Robert has been conducting quantitative research into online social and organisational networks. He leads the Virtual Observatory for the Study of Online Networks Lab http://vosonlab.net and he created the VOSON software for hyperlink network construction and analysis (now commercially hosted by a company he founded) and co-created the SocialMediaLab R package for collecting networks and text from social media. Robert has been teaching ANU courses on the social science of the Internet and online research methods since 2008 and his book Web Social Science: Concepts, Data and Tools for Social Scientists in the Digital Age (SAGE) was published in 2013.
Dr Petr Matous has been organising network interventions and network surveys in diverse communities across Asia and Africa to empirically elucidate the role of social networks in contexts constrained by limited resources or environmental disasters. Dr Matous applies novel statistical methods to these unique data sets to model the mechanisms of dynamic interactions between interpersonal or inter-organisational networks and their technological and natural environment.