Links and Online Resources

Statistical Data about Spain and Catalonia:

Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (CIS; Center for Sociological Research, Madrid)

Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE; Spanish Statistical Office, Madrid) 

Institut d'Estadística de Catalunya (IDESCAT; Catalan Statistical Office, Barcelona)


Software for Social Network Research (with particular emphasis on personal networks):

EgoNet - for the collection and visualization of personal network data

EgoNet2GraphML - software to convert EgoNet interviews into GraphML files

GENSI - a graphical interface to collect ego-centered network data in surveys (see this article for more information)

Vennmaker - a tool to map personal networks interactively

Network Canvas - a touch-optimized framework for personal network analysis, very attractive interface (in development)

EgoWeb2.0 - a data collection tool for social network data

egor - tools for importing, analyzing, and visualizing ego-centered network data (R environment)

statnet - for the statistical analysis, simulation, and visualization of social network data (R environment)

RSiena - for the statistical analysis of longitudinal social network data and of the coevolution of networks and behavior (R environment)

visone - for the analysis and visualization of social network data. For the visualization of clustered graphs please follow this link, by Jürgen Lerner

Gephi - visualization of social network data

pajek - analysis and visualization of large networks (including genealogies)

Urban Network Analysis Toolbox for ArcGIS - visualization tool for urban network analysis


Network Scale-Up Method (NSUM):

A useful list of publications, resources, and datasets (until 2014), compiled by H. Russell Bernard

NSUM package using a Bayesian framework for population group size estimation using the Network Scale-Up Method (R environment)


Respondent-Driven Sampling (RDS): 

The website Respondent Driven Sampling, developed by Douglas Heckathorn gives loads of references 

Package RDS for estimation of data collected with Respondent Driven Sampling, including Heckathorn's RDS-I and RDS-II estimators as well as Gile's Sequential Sampling estimator  (R environment)


Kinship Networks:

PUCK - a program for the use and computation of kinship data

kinsources - a collaborative platform for sharing kinship data

pajek - analysis and visualization of large networks (including genealogies)

The website of anthropologist Douglas White is a true resource for researchers interested in the quantitative analysis of marriage and kinship systems


Network Visualizations:

network visualization - fun with links, nodes, and edges (FlowingData)

visual complexity - online archive of visualizations of all sorts of networks

moviegalaxies - visualization of social relationships in your favorite movies


The Social Networks Community:

International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) - the professional association for researchers interested in social network analysis. It organizes the annual Sunbelt conference, and endorses regional conferences such as the EUSN, and the NETGLOW conference, and supports a number of academic journals in the area of social networks

The blog - associated with the Revista Redes, the listserv Redes, and the Twitter account Lista Redes - for the Spanish and Portuguese speaking networks community

The podcast Tejiendo Redes - Knitting Networks, organized by Francisca Ortiz and Alejandro Espinosa-Rada, University of Manchester

[]...] social networks are like the eye" says Nicholas Christakis in this video of 2008 explaining his interest in social networks. "They are incredibly complex and beautiful, and looking at them begs the question of why they exist, and why they come to pass". 


The European Network of International Migration, Integration, and Social Cohesion (IMISCOE)

Migrant Integration Policy Index (MIPEX 2015) - a useful tool that summarizes and compares integration policies in 38 countries

I-map - Interactive Map on Migration

Maps of global human migration routes (National Geographic)

Interview with anthropologist Jason de Léon (author of "The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail", 2015, University of California Press) about the Mexican-US migration route (National Geographic)

Infographics of migration flows (up till 2010) - the interactive site peoplemovin (based on Bilateral Migration Matrix from the Worldbank of 2010) and global international migration flows (dynamic, 1990-2010)

To raise awareness:

To raise awareness: Individual migration trajectories, visualized in a(n interactive) line


Poverty, Inequality, and Social Exclusion:

America´s poverty course (free), developed by the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, is a true resource for understanding social science thinking about inequality 

OECD data on income inequality and poverty

The British website "Poverty and Social Exclusion" offers an explanation of definitions and measurement methods of poverty, life stories, and other resources useful for teaching about poverty

Website of the European Anti-Poverty Network

Joseph Rowntree Foundation in the UK

The Foundation FOESSA in Spain (Fomento de Estudios Sociales y de Sociología Aplicada)


Some Useful Resources for Academic Writing:

For reviewing the literature, the Connected Papers website is extremely useful. Search for a key paper in your field and see what texts are similar to that one, based on co-citation and bibliographic coupling (but not direct citation) - and repeat if you wish for newly found papers. Equally valuable is ResearchRabbit - finding literature is so much easier with these tools!

Computer scientist´s Jari Saramäki´s "self-help series on writing papers for PhD students" is engaging and helpful; found on his blog "It´s Complex". The blog posts were a precursor of his witty book "How to Write a Scientific Paper: An Academic Self-Help Guide for PhD Students" (2018).  

This blog post gives excellent advice: Say it once, say it right: Seven strategies to improve academic writing (by Patrick Dunleavy)

The USC Writing Center's writing guide "Organizing your social sciences research paper" gives detailed advice for the social sciences (such as how to develop the theoretical framework), a great resource.

And for writing an abstract: How to construct a Nature summary paragraph (not only useful for Nature...)

For ethnographic writing, I recommend two books, "From Notes to Narrative: Writing Ethnographies that Everybody can Read" (Kristen Ghodsee, 2016, University of Chicago Press), and "Alive in the Writing: Crafting Ethnography in the Company of Chekhov" (Kirin Narayan, 2012, University of Chicago Press) as well as some resources here and here

Is your writing flabby or fit? Know your flaws with the funny Writers' Diet test by Helen Sword, writer of the books Stylish Academic Writing, the Writer's Diet, and Air & Light & Time & Space.

Before you submit your paper, check Mirya Holman's pre-submission checklist (and make your own version adapted to yourself).

Jane Sumner's Gender Balance Assessment Tool helps you estimate the percentage of texts by female authors, which can help you see if your articles or syllabi need a better representation. It´s also a good way to become conscious of imbalances.

Need suggestions for journals for your paper? Journal finder tools can give you some idea, e.g., Journal Guide, Elsevier´s Journal Finder, and JANE. Also, think of the literature you cite in your own work - does a journal repeatedly show up in your reference list? Maybe that´s a good pick for your paper.

Wiley's page about "search engine optimization" gives useful tips for improving the visibility of your research by paying attention to your title, keywords, and abstract.

Is it your turn to review for an academic journal? How to write an effective referee report and improve the scientific review process (Jonathan Berk, Campbell Harvey, and David Hirshleifer)

If you are not a native speaker, maybe you find the software Grammarly helpful (the premium version). Also, a good thesaurus like power thesaurus can help you diversify your writing. Furthermore, you may like the academic phrase bank of Manchester University.

Digital tools to support your research: 23 Research Things.


Departmental Graduate Programs in Anthropology (UAB):

One-year Master Degree Program in Anthropology: Advanced Research and Social Intervention (60 ECTS) at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

Two-year European Joint-Master Degree Program in Social and Cultural Anthropology "Cultural Differences and Transnational Processes" (120 ECTS) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona, the University of Vienna, the Université Lumière Lyon-2, the National University of Ireland-Maynooth, the University of Ljubljana and Stockholm University. 

Doctoral Degree Program in Social and Cultural Anthropology at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

For more information about the formal aspects of the PhD program such as admission, annual examinations, thesis defense, international joint supervision, international research component, please check the website of the Doctoral School of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.  

Anthropology is art" says Andrew Lattas (University of Bergen) in this video, talking about his ethnographic work. "It is like a novelist, you have to put yourself in another subjective position [...] and see the world from a position of another character even if you are not fully embracing it, you must temporarily suspend yourself and [...] emerge yourself in that reality".

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