Hi!

I'm an Assistant Professor in the Department of Knowledge Integration at the University of Waterloo, and am cross-appointed to Sociology & Legal Studies and the School of Environment, Resources, & Sustainability. I'm also an Affiliated Researcher at the Waterloo Institute for Complexity and Innovation, a Policy Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and a board member for the University of Waterloo Survey Research Center.

In addition to writing articles, I am co-developing research software with student members of my research team. Our work is funded in part by grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and an Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation in Ontario. You can learn more about metaknowledge and gitnet on my NetLab website. I recently published an article about metaknowledge (with Reid McIlroy-Young) in Journal of Informetrics. You can read it here.

Research


  • social network analysis

  • science & public policy, education

  • environmental sociology

  • computational social science

  • information science

Academic research is currently undergoing a series of radical changes, driven in part by the nearly-worldwide adoption of science policies that emphasize interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to research, cross-sectoral partnerships, knowledge translation, and open science practices such as open access publishing. The overarching goal of my research program is to understand the development and effects of these transformational changes at the sub-disciplinary, disciplinary, and institutional levels. To that end, I am publishing articles on changes in the social sciences, philosophy of science, environmental science, and biomedicine. I am also conducting related research on innovation and collaboration in open source development. I am also collaborating on a few projects in environmental sociology and sociology of education.

In each of these projects, I combine traditional sociological methods (e.g. surveys, interviews) and theories with cutting-edge computational approaches (e.g. statistical network models, computational text analysis). My work is currently funded by 7 research grants, including an Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation in Ontario and 4 SSHRC Grants.

NetLab

In addition to writing articles, I am co-developing research software with student members of my research team. Our work is funded in part by grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and an Early Researcher Award from the Ministry of Research and Innovation in Ontario.

  • metaknowledge

    metaknowledge is a full-featured Python package for computational research in information science, network analysis, and science of science.

  • gitnet

    gitnet is a Python package with tools for collecting, cleaning, and exporting quantitative and network datasets from local git repositories and mailing lists.

  • our source code

    Source code for NetLab projects is available on Github under GPL3.

Teaching

I regularly teach courses on research methods and design, science and public policy, and metacognition and integrative thinking. I occasionally teach classes on open science, computational social science, and data visualization. I primarily work with graduate students from the Department of Sociology & Legal Studies, but I have also worked with students from departments in the Faculty of Environment and the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences.