About Us

Welcome to Netlab! We conduct research in computational social science, with an emphasis on the intersections of social network analysis, applied natural language processing, and machine learning. Substantively, our work focuses on (1) democracy and the politics of information, science, and knowledge, (2) cognitive social science (also sometimes called cognitive sociology / culture and cognition / or the sociology of knowledge), and (3) environmental governance and social movements. Finally, we are interested in methods, tools, and processes that facilitate more reproducible and transparent computational research in the social sciences. You can find out about some of our publications here, and our software development projects here or on via out GitHub page.

The lab is funded in part by grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation awarded to Dr. John McLevey (Principal Investigator, Netlab).

We are currently collaborating with researchers from other institutions in Canada, the US, the UK, Italy, Luxembourg, Germany, and other countries. 

Please contact Dr. John McLevey for more information. 

Interested in Joining Us? 

If you are interested in working in Netlab or pursing a graduate degree at the University of Waterloo, please send me an email explaining why you are interested in working together and what your educational and / or professional background is. Although there are no open positions right now, there may be in the near future. 

  1. Mar. 19, 2018Record pair classification with recordlinkage

    Using recordlinkage for classifying candidate record pairs.

  2. Aug. 29, 2017Network analysis with metaknowledge

    Generate and analyze networks with metaknowledge.

  3. Aug. 29, 2017Getting started with metaknowledge

    Learning how to extract and explore records from raw bibliometric data.

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Meet our people

John McLevey

John McLevey

Associate Professor & Principal Investigator