About us

The Mitchell Centre for Social Network Analysis is a cross-disciplinary research group located in the School of Social Sciences.

The centre’s mission is to be a world leading centre in the development and application of social network analysis techniques.

The centre is named after J Clyde Mitchell, who pioneered this approach whilst a member of staff at Manchester. 


  • To establish an international centre of excellence for social network analysis within the UK
  • To establish a central resource and reference point for social network researchers and users both within the UK and internationally
  • To cultivate existing interest and further stimulate interest in social network analysis in the UK and beyond
  • To make important contributions to the social network analysis literature


  • Data collection and different data types for social network analysis
  • Longitudinal networks and network formation
  • Descriptive methods and visualisation
  • Statistical modelling of social networks
  • Mixed methods for social networks
  • Social networks and social movements
  • Social networks and health
  • Social networks and consumption
  • Social networks and cultural production


In the past we have worked with the following international organisations.

  • Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), Department of Defence, Australia
  • Redowl Analytics, Baltimore, USA
  • Research Centre for Educational and Network Studies, Corvinus University of Budapest (RECENS)
  • OpenKnowledge srl, Milano and London


Please contact us if you are interested in consultancy, bespoke training courses or to join our mailing list.

Email: elisa.bellotti@manchester.ac.uk