Political Networks and Social Resilience

We are excited to announce details of the “Political Networks and Social Resilience” event, which will be a satellite of the

Sunbelt 2024 Conference in Edinburgh.


The Political Networks and Social Resilience event will take place on Tuesday 25th June 2024 at 09.00-12.00.

The deadline to submit a paper or extended abstract is 10th June 2024.


This is a hybrid event.


To participate in the Satellite Event, you will be required to register for the main Sunbelt conference either for in person or online participation.


You can register for the conference: here


Only PDF submissions will be considered, and you can submit here.

Workshop and Special Issue about


Political Networks and Social Resilience


Satellite Organisers


Resilience in policy and politics

The concept of resilience has attracted increasing scholarly and policy attention. Policy makers and advisors are keen to shore up the resilience of e.g. liberal institutions and policies against various threats. Noting this attention, the concept of ‘resilience’ has enjoyed a recent resurgence in scholarly circles, including in the interdisciplinary field of social networks (see Lazega et al. 2022). Yet political and policy resilience has seen less empirical work so far. With conceptual work breaking new ground, we are opening a call for papers for a special issue bringing political networks and social resilience closer together.


The aim of the special issue is to shed light on how social network analysis in general, and the study of political networks in particular, can contribute to defining resilience in socio-political systems, subsystems, and cases, as well as exploring how the concept of resilience can help us make sense of change and continuity in these systems. Work is required in both developing our conceptual, theoretical, and methodological toolkits as well as in demonstrating the applicability and utility across a wide range of political phenomena.


We welcome submissions of papers that combine network thinking and analysis with the concept of resilience in social or political systems. We invite scholars from diverse countries, backgrounds, and disciplines, and are interested in theoretical, empirical, and methodological work. We are particularly interested in policy studies, but also studies of politics, networks of interest groups, MPs or alike. We welcome studies as well in international relations, global, national, or regional governance.


Paper proposals to be submitted until June 10th to [email protected]

Heriot-Watt University, Riccarton, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS