Sunday, June 10, 2012

Introduction to analysing social connections and occupational structure

University of Cambridge, 12 September 2012

A one-day workshop utilising Social Interaction Distance (SID) and Social Network Analysis (SNA)

Social connections between incumbents of occupations have long been analysed as a means of understanding social stratification and inequalities. The Cambridge Scale (, for instance, was first published in the 1970s and continues to the present to offer a useful means of understanding the relative advantage typically held by the incumbents of occupations (see

This workshop will introduce, compare and contract SID and SNA techniques for analysing occupational structure. Talks and labs will enable researchers to:

Understand the principles of SID & SNA approaches
Identify existing CAMSIS schemes (based on SID)
Generate new CAMSIS schemes from their data
Perform SNA analysis of occupational data.

Key findings from a two-year ESRC-funded project will be communicated, with delegates taught the methodological skills utilised in the research.

Training will be provided in Stata, R and Pajek.

1030-1045 Registration and coffee
1045-1145 Talk: Introduction to the analysis of social connections data
1145-1245 Lab: Introduction to SNA and SID approaches with Stata, R and Pajek
1245-1345 Lunch
1345-1415 Talk: Using SID to analyse occupational structure
1415-1500 Lab: Creating CAMSIS scores from large-scale social surveys
1500-1515 Tea and Coffee
1515-1545 Talk: Using SNA to analyse occupational structure
1545-1630 Lab: Creating and analysing networks of occupational structure

Delegates are asked to bring a laptop for the software labs. Prior experience in Stata, R and/or Pajek is not required, but basic knowledge of using syntax within a quatitative software package is essential. Participation in the workshop is free and a sandwich lunch will be provided.

To register, please send an e-mail to: by 31 August 2012. Please notify us of any special dietary or other requirements.

For further information, see

Note: This workshop precedes the Social Stratification Research Seminar on 13/14 Sept. 2012 at the same venue. Further details of that event are found at:

Dave Griffiths
Research Fellow
University of Stirling

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