At the end of November 2015, Professor Volker Schneider visited St. Petersburg at the invitation of ANO "Institute for sustainable development strategy", with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation (Germany). He took part in two events organized in partnership with the interdisciplinary lecture "Context" and creative space "Taiga".
Our guest – Professor, Volker Schneider-doctor of social and political Sciences, Dean of the faculty of politics, public administration, law and Economics, head of the Department of empirical theory of state of the University of Constanta (Germany) (University of Constanta, Germany), is one of the leading European experts in the field of network analysis (NetworkAnalysis), sustainable development, environmental policy in Germany.
Professor Schneider is the author and editor of a dozen and a half books and more than a hundred articles in leading scientific journals and collections on network analysis. He was a visiting scholar at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Harvard University. Since 2001-Head and co-organizer of the year Of summer and Winter schools "POLNET" - "analysis of networks in politics and management" at the University of Constanta, Germany
Within the framework of the project of the Institute "Social Sciences and practice for sustainable development", implemented with the support of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Professor Schneider presented two presentations on extremely topical issues to the expert community of St. Petersburg, teachers and students of St. Petersburg Universities.
The Round table, organized in partnership with the Interdisciplinary lecture "Context", presented the presentation "Analyzing networks: science: technologies and sustainable development". the widely known in mathematics method of "network Analysis", based on the theory of graphs and matrices, which has recently become widespread in the field of social and political Sciences and a new implementation in the form of applied computer programs, was considered. The method is widely used to analyze networks of interaction in business, various organizations, social and political debates of the media, to analyze the discourse on sustainable development, climate problems, innovation and technology.Cases were considered: analysis of the innovation technology cluster around lake Constance, analysis of the interaction of various actors (state, civil society, representatives of science and business) in making various decisions; analysis of climate discourse.
The methodology of "network Analysis" refers to the main tools of modern social Sciences and has a wide practical application. It is actively applied in the theory of organizations and management, in business, in the analysis of systems of representations and beliefs, information management and discourse analysis, event analysis and political debates, epidemiology and bioinformatics, transport systems and electrical engineering, text analysis and bibliometrics, urban planning and sustainable development, energy policy and ecology.
This tool allows not only to analyze and determine the circle, nature and strength of relationships between different actors, but also to model the interaction, to develop strategies of involvement and participation, which is very important for attracting new audiences and potential customers. Professor Schneider replied to numerous questions of the participants of the Round table.