Dr Paola Tubaro BSc, MSc, PhD
BSc, MSc, PhD
Reader in Economic Sociology, Programme Leader, PhD and Research Degrees, Departmental Research Coordinator
Department of International Business and Economics
Dr Tubaro has an educational background in both economics and social science, complemented by a PhD in economics and substantial research experience in sociology. Her current research activities are at the crossroads of these disciplines, in the fields of economic sociology, social network analysis and social science data and methodology.
Dr Tubaro conducts research within the Centre for Business Network Analysis at the University of Greenwich's Business School, and is an associate researcher at Centre Maurice Halbwachs of CNRS in Paris.
Teaching and administrative activities
- Programme Leader , MPhil/PhD and MRes, Faculty of Business
- Course leader for Research Methods (MRes/MPhil/PhD)
- Course leader for Business Economics (MSc Business and Financial Economics)
- Course leader for Doing Research with SNA: Tools, Theories, and Applications (short course)
- Supervisor of four PhD students
- 2006: Best PhD Dissertation, awarded by STOREP
- Co-convenor of the Social Network Analysis Group of the British Sociological Association
- Member of the Editorial Board, Journal of Economic Methodology
- Former member of the Executive Board of UK Social Networks Association
- External examiner, Institute of Education, London
Dr Tubaro's main research interest is in the study of social networks. She studies economic behaviours, choices and the construction of personal identities in terms of the structures of relationships that link actors and provide both opportunities and constraints for action. Her research adopts a dynamic perspective, focusing on the incessant evolution of link structure resulting from decisions, actions and identity transformations of individuals.
Part of Dr Tubaro's current research focuses on social ties on the Internet and their implications for social cohesion more generally. Though the expressions 'social networks' and 'social media' are often taken as synonyms, many critics doubt that the web can strengthen social cohesion, sometimes even claiming that it could have the opposite effect. Dr Tubaro's contribution to these debates encompasses : the study of the 'pro-anorexia' and 'pro-bulimia' Web communities; privacy in International social networks; and the effects of online censorship on participation in social movements.
Other research includes the application of social network analysis to the study of economic institutions and markets, relying on embeddedness theory to understand how inter-individual ties organise social and economic actions. Along these lines, Dr Tubaro participated in a study of advice networks and norm formation at the Commercial Court of Paris; a comparative analysis of microfinance lending networks in three emerging countries; and a study of the effects of patient transfer networks on hospital performance.
Her interests also lie within the methodology of the social sciences, with particular attention to data-related issues. Dr Tubaro has participated in three European projects, one of which is still in progress, to improve use of official statistical data for scientific purposes, aiming to address researchers' increasing need for large, high-quality databases while still meeting stringent ethical and legal conditions.
- ‘Ana-mia’ sociability: An online/offline social networks approach to eating disorders.
A study of the personal networks, online and face-to-face, of users of eating-disorders related websites, forums and blogs. The study, funded by the French Agence Nationale de la Recherche, adopts a multi-method approach, using web cartography, online surveys, social network analysis and computer simulation tools, to draw scientific conclusions and derive policy guidelines for health authorities.
- Internet censorship and civil unrest
An empirically-informed agent-based computer simulation approach to understanding whether and how use of social media, and censorship thereof, may change the patterns of civil unrest, and to identify suitable policy responses.
- Testing the ‘End of Privacy’ hypothesis in computer-mediated communication: an agent-based modelling approach>
An agent-based computer simulation approach of how online social networking sites are changing perceptions of privacy, the ensuing business opportunities and challenges, resulting societal issues and policy guidelines. Funded by Fondation Cigref.
- Data without Boundaries
A European FP7-funded project involving 28 partner institutions across the continent to identify ways to improve access to official statistical data for social science research, and test pilot solutions.
Tubaro, Paola, Ryan, Louise and D'Angelo, Alessio (2016) The visual sociogram in qualitative and mixed-methods research. University of Surrey/Sage.
Pallotti, Francesca, Tubaro, Paola and Lomi, Alessandro (2015) How far do network effects spill over? Evidence from an empirical study of performance differentials in interorganizational networks. John Wiley & Sons, Inc.. ISSN 1740-4754
Casilli, Antonio A., Rouchier, Juliette and Tubaro, Paola (2014) How to build consensus in a health-oriented online community: modeling a ‘pro-ana’ forum. Presses de Sciences Po / Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). ISSN 0035-2969
Tubaro, Paola (2014) Linking micro, meso and macro (Review of G. Manzo (éd.) Analytical Sociology : Actions and Networks, Wiley, 2014). Cambridge University Press. ISSN 0003-9756
Tubaro, Paola (2014) ‘Pro’ ana ? Sociability and support in eating disorder online communities..
Rouchier, Juliette, Tubaro, Paola and Emery, Cécile (2014) Opinion transmission in organizations: an agent-based modeling approach. Springer US. ISSN 1381-298X
Tubaro, Paola, Casilli, Antonio A. and Mounier, Lise (2014) Eliciting personal network data in web surveys through participant-generated sociograms. SAGE Publications. ISSN 1525-822X
Tubaro, Paola (2014) Sociology and social networks. SAGE Publications / BSA Publications Ltd.. ISSN 0038-0385
Tubaro, Paola (2014) Why online privacy is not dead: Negotiation and conflict in social media.
Tubaro, Paola and Mounier, Lise (2014) Sociability and support in online eating disorder communities: Evidence from personal networks. Cambridge University Press. ISSN 2050-1242
Tubaro, Paola (2014) A tale of two destinies: Georgescu-Roegen on Gossen. Duke University Press. ISSN 0018-2702
Casilli, Antonio A., Pailler, Fred and Tubaro, Paola (2013) Online networks of eating-disorder websites: why censoring pro-ana might be a bad idea. Sage Journals. ISSN 1757-9139
Marr, Ana and Tubaro, Paola (2013) The microfinance wholesale lending market: A comparative study of India, Peru and Tanzania. Inderscience Enterprises Ltd.. ISSN 1756-9850
Casilli, Antonio A., Pailler, Fred and Tubaro, Paola (2012) Le phénomène pro-ana: panique morale et effets paradoxaux de la censure. La Vie-Le Monde.
Casilli, Antonio A. and Tubaro, Paola (2012) Social media censorship in times of political unrest: a social simulation experiment with the UK riots. SAGE / Association Internationale de Méthodologie Sociologique. ISSN 0759-1063
Lazega, Emmanuel, Mounier, Lise, Snijders, Tom and Tubaro, Paola (2012) Norms, status and the dynamics of advice networks: A case study. Elsevier B.V.. ISSN 0378-8733
Casilli, Antonio A., Tubaro, Paola and Araya, Pedro (2012) Ten years of Ana: lessons from a transdisciplinary body of literature on online pro-eating disorder websites. SAGE Publications. ISSN 0539-0184
Marr, Ana and Tubaro, Paola (2012) Global financial partnerships in microfinance: India, Peru and Tanzania . La Cátedra de Cooperación para el Desarrollo de la Universidad de Zaragoza / La Red Española de Estudios de Desarrollo (REEDES). ISSN 2254-2035
Tubaro, Paola, Cros, Marie and Silberman, Roxane (2012) Access to official data and researcher accreditation in Europe: Existing barriers and a way forward. IASSIST. ISSN 0739-1137
Marr, Ana and Tubaro, Paola (2011) Wholesale funding to microfinance and social development goals in Peru, Tamil Nadu, and Tanzania. Practical Action Publishing. ISSN 1755-1978
Marr, Ana and Tubaro, Paola (2011) Crisis in Indian microfinance and a way forward: governance reforms and the Tamil Nadu model . John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.. ISSN 0954-1748
Moscati, Ivan and Tubaro, Paola (2011) Becker random behavior and the as-if defense of rational choice theory in demand analysis. Routledge / Taylor & Francis Group. ISSN 1350-178X
Rouchier, Juliette and Tubaro, Paola (2011) Can opinion be stable in an open network with hierarchy? An agent-based model of the Commercial Court of Paris . Elsevier. ISSN 1877-0428
Tubaro, Paola (2011) [Book review] "Ces réseaux numériques dits sociaux" . Presses Universitaires de France. ISSN 2108-6915 (electronic)
Tubaro, Paola (2015) Tozer, John Edward on Ricardo. In: The Elgar Companion to David Ricardo. Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd , Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 978-1848448506
Tubaro, Paola (2015) History of microeconomics . In: International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences, 2nd edition. Elsevier Science Ltd. , Oxford, UK . ISBN 978-0080970868
Tubaro, Paola (2011) Computational economics. In: The Elgar Companion To Recent Economic Methodology. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 978 1 84844 754 7 (hbk), 978 0 85793 807 7 (ebk)
Lazega, Emmanuel, Mounier, Lise and Tubaro, Paola (2011) Norms, advice networks and joint economic governance: the case of conflicts among shareholders at the Commercial Court of Paris. In: Does Economic Governance Matter?: Governance Institutions and Outcomes. Edward Elgar Publishing, Cheltenham, UK. ISBN 978 0 85793 176 4 (hbk)
Marr, Ana and Tubaro, Paola (2010) Inter-organisational networks in microfinance: lending partnerships in India, Peru and Tanzania. In: Cahier de Recherche no. 1 de l'ORIO: Recherches récentes sur les processus sociaux mobilisant l’analyse des réseaux sociaux et organisationnels. ORIO/Université Paris-Dauphine/IRISSO (Dauphine-CNRS), Paris, France.
Lazega, Emmanuel, Mounier, Lise and Tubaro, Paola (2010) Dynamique des réseaux sociaux et apprentissage collectif : le cas du Tribunal de Commerce de Paris / Dynamic social networks and collective learning: the case of the Commercial Court of Paris . In: Qu’appelle-t-on aujourd’hui les sciences de la complexité? Langages, réseaux, marchés, territoires. . Vuibert, Paris. ISBN 9782311002171
Tubaro, Paola, Casilli, Antonio A. and Sarabi, Yasaman (2014) Against the hypothesis of the end of privacy: an agent-based modeling approach to social media. Springer, Cham / Heidelberg / New York / Dordrecht / London. ISBN 978-3-319-02455-4
Tubaro, Paola, Cros, Marie, Kleiner, Brian and Silberman, Roxane (2013) Accreditation for transnational research access to official micro-data in Europe. In: NTTS 2013 - Conferences on New Techniques and Technologies for Statistics: Proceedings. NTTS 2013.
Silberman, Roxane and Tubaro, Paola (2011) Towards a European distributed remote access: main issues and future challenges. In: Proceedings of the 58th ISI World Statistics Congresses (WSCs) 2011, Dublin. International Statistical Institute (ISI). ISBN 9789073592339
Tubaro, Paola, Lazega, Emmanuel, Mounier, Lise and Snijders, Tom A. (2010) Normative homophily, relational turnover and organisational structure: The case of the commercial court of Paris. In: Proceedings of SunBelt XXX, 2010. International Network for Social Network Analysis .
Casilli, Antonio A. and Tubaro, Paola (2010) An ethno-computational approach to friendship in SNS. In: Proceedings of SunBelt XXX, 2010. International Network for Social Network Analysis .
Marr, Ana and Tubaro, Paola (2011) Crisis in Indian microfinance and a way forward: governance reforms and the Tamil Nadu model. University of Greenwich, London, UK.
Marr, Ana and Tubaro, Paola (2011) Escape the low-growth trap? Microfinance in Tanzania. University of Greenwich, Greenwich Academic Literature Archive (GALA).
Tubaro, Paola, Silberman, Roxane, Cros, Marie, Cornilleau, Anne, Kvalheim, Vigdis, Kiberg, Dag and Farago, Peter (2010) Audit report on access mechanisms and availability of official statistics across the European Research Area, with recommendation on role of the CESSDA Research Infrastructure in facilitating greater access.. Council of European Social Science Data Archives.
Rouchier, Juliette and Tubaro, Paola (2010) An organization that transmits opinion to newcomers. GREQAM, Marseille / Aix-en-Provence, France.
Tubaro, Paola (2012) Is the open data movement a threat or an opportunity for NSIs?.
Tubaro, Paola, Cros, Marie, Kleiner, Brian and Silberman, Roxane (2012) Access to official data and researcher accreditation: State of the art and future perspectives in Europe.
Tubaro, Paola, Cros, Marie and Silberman, Roxane (2012) Transnational access to official microdata and accreditation in Europe: state of the art and challenges ahead .
Cros, Marie, Silberman, Roxane and Tubaro, Paola (2012) Access to official microdata & accreditation of researchers in Europe.
Tubaro, Paola (2011) Personal drama or theory-building? Georgescu-Roegen on Gossen.
Tubaro, Paola, Casilli, Antonio A., Fraissé, Christèle, Masson, Estelle, Mounier, Lise and Rouchier, Juliette (2011) Eating disorders in the social web: An ego-network analysis approach.
Tubaro, Paola, Casilli, Antonio A. and Mounier, Lise (2011) Autonomie et coopération. Les communautés pro-ana et les professions médicales / Autonomy and cooperation, pro-ana communities and the medical profession .
Tubaro, Paola and Silberman, Roxane (2010) Access to governmental microdata for research: recent developments and new challenges in Europe..
Tubaro, Paola (2010) Studying eating disorders in the social web. A network analysis approach.
Marr, Ana and Tubaro, Paola (2010) Global financial partnerships in microfinance: India, Peru and Tanzania.
Tubaro, Paola, Lazega, Emmanuel and Mounier, Lise (2010) Norms, advice networks and economic governance: The case of conflicts among shareholders at the Commercial Court of Paris.
Tubaro, Paola and Casilli, Antonio A. (2010) Pro-ana and pro-mia social networks. The promises of qualitatively-informed agent-based modeling.
Tubaro, Paola (2010) Optimising the dual goals of microfinance: a network dynamics approach .
Casilli, Antonio A. and Tubaro, Paola (2010) Légitimation intersubjective de la présence en ligne et formation de réseaux sociaux: Une approche ethno-computationnelle.