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Social network analysis of grant membership of university researchers: gender and network centralities

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Fukumoto E. Social network analysis of grant membership of university researchers: gender and network centralities. Oral presentation at 2017 SciTS Conference. Clearwater Beach, FL. Jun 13, 2017. Gender and Diversity in Teams. Online at:

Studies of the patterns of research collaborations often examine the co-authorship of research papers within and across institutes. The planned research is an exploratory and proof-of-concept social network analysis to investigate the relationship between gender and the centralities of researchers’ positioning within the networks of research grant membership within one institute. The primary question is- do women researchers occupy less advantaged network positions compared to male researchers? The primary data is the grant data of 806 projects in an engineering school at one large public research university in the U.S., which allow the identification of principal investigator (PI), co-investigator, and NSF discipline ID of each grant. The attributional data of the 259 individual researchers at the engineering school allow identification of the following characteristics: tenured and tenure-track faculty, rank, age, gender, and race/ethnicity. Among the 259 individuals, 208 individuals had at least one grant and work in 806 projects in total. As a social network analysis, this study operationalizes the ties of researchers as the co-appearance of the researchers’ names on the same grant. The primary analysis identifies their network structures and examines a set of centrality measures including the degree centrality, closeness centrality, and eigenvector centrality. The latter phase of the analysis considers related factors such as gender, the positions of PIs and coinvestigators. While collaborations of researchers often span across multiple institutes, the network structures of researchers within one school at one university help us understand the collaborative patterns and teams at the organizational level. The examination of the relationship between researchers’ gender and positioning will provide insights for the further study of the collaboration patterns and interactions of researchers within the organizational context, which is important in understanding the gender impacts on the teams, activities and career trajectories of researchers too.



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scits 2017 conference, presentation, social network, grant, membership

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