Current academic position
I am an Associate Professor of Sociology at the Department of Sociology and Social Research at the University of Trento, where I am also a member of the Research group on collective action, change and transition (CoACT) and the acting coordinator of the Hans Schadee Research Methods Center.
Past academic career
I obtained a PhD in Sociology from Ghent University (Belgium). Prior to joining the University of Trento, I was an Assistant Professor in Organisational Studies at VU University Amsterdam, a researcher/guest lecturer at the University of Groningen, and a Senior Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management at Surrey Business School (University of Surrey, UK) and the Programme Leader for the 4-year PhD in Management. I was also an associate member of Sociology/Nuffield College (Oxford University).
My research centers on social network analysis with a specific focus on methodology/statistics and applications in organisational settings. I am especially interested in how network relations (such as advice, trust and conflict) come about, and how they subsequently impacts outcomes (such as well-being, job satisfaction, turnover and individual and team performance).
I have worked on mathematical models for analyzing networks, on centrality measures, on imputation techniques for solving missing data problems and on methods for building social support typologies for ego-networks. In addition, I have applied exponential random graph models (ERGM/p* models) to study cultural participation, inter-organisational networks, and (co)sponsorship among US senators.
I have published a number of articles on social network analysis in leading social science journals, including Social Networks, Journal of Management Studies, British Journal of Social Psychology, Human Resource Management and the Journal of Mathematical Sociology.
Together with Martin Everett I was a guest-editor for a special issue on “Advances in Two-mode Social Network Analysis” in the journal Social Networks, and together with Nick Harrigan and Joe Labianca we guest-edited a special issue on “Negative and Signed Tie Networks” for Social Networks. I have also contributed to the book Multilevel Network Analysis for the Social Sciences and wrote a chapter on models for network analysis for the Oxford Handbook for Social Network Analysis.
I teach various courses on network theory, social network methods and social network analysis applied to organisations, sociology and political science, including at the Essex Summer School in Social Science Data Analysis (University of Essex), the Links Center (University of Kentucky) and Statistical Horizons. I have also taught courses on Organizational Theory, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Sociology, Survey Design and Research Methods.