Ph.D., Harvard University - 1970
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Barry Wellman, FRSC directs NetLab as the S.D. Clark Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto. His areas of research are community sociology, the Internet, human-computer interaction and social structure, as manifested in social networks in communities and organizations. His overarching interest is in the paradigm shift from group-centered relations to networked individualism. He has written more than 300 articles, chapters, reports and books. Many have been co-authored, with students comprising about half of his nearly 100 co-authors.
Prof. Wellman is the co-author of “Networked: The New Social Operating System” with Lee Rainie, the director of the Pew Internet Project (MIT Press, 2011). The book discusses the Triple Revolution: the intersection of the personalized internet, mobile connectivity and the turn from groups to social networks.
He has recently received three research grants from SSHRCC and the Graphics, Animation and New Media Network Centre of Excellence. These are to study (both quantitatively and qualitatively) the integration of the internet and mobile connectivity in everyday lives, and the evolution of a networked scholarly organization.
Prof. Wellman has received career achievement awards from the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association, the International Network for Social Network Analysis (which he founded in the department in 1976), the International Communication Association, and two sections of the American Sociological Association: Community and Urban Sociology; Communication and Information Technologies. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2007.
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