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.
Associate Professor David Bright is a criminologist and forensic psychologist with the Centre for Crime Policy and Research at Flinders University. His research interests include criminal networks, organised crime, and terrorism. He has expertise in the application of social network analysis to the study of illicit networks such organised criminal groups and terrorist groups. Recent publications include a paper describing the use of computer simulations to measure the differential effectiveness of law enforcement interventions against criminal networks, the use of longitudinal social network analysis to analyse the formation and evolution of a drug trafficking network, and mapping of terrorist cells including lone actor terrorists operating within Australia.