Dr Dan Chamberlain

Senior Research Associate

PhD (Griffith), BA Hons (Griffith)

Business School
Centre for Social Impact

Dr Dan Chamberlain is a sociologist and social network research methodologist, currently working as a Research Fellow with the Centre for Social Impact, UNSW. I have been fortunate to work with many researchers in diverse fields, including public health, public policy and management, youth studies, education, criminology, construction, and evaluation. A large part of my research is focused on inter-organisational networks, and how the structure of relations between organisations affects the functioning of the network at the individual and network levels.

I teach a course on Introduction to Social Network Research and Analysis with ACSPRI: https://www.acspri.org.au/courses/introduction-social-network-analysis-social-researchers. The course is designed for people who are new to social network analysis, and are interested to see how it can be applied to their research interests. It covers research design, data structures, visualisation, and analysis, and is structured with qualitative researchers and mixed methods approaches in mind.

Most recently I have worked as a Research Fellow at La Trobe University, working with the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS), and with The Australian Prevention Partnership Centre (TAPPC) at the Sax Institute.


  • Book Chapters | 2022
    2022, 'Project sustainability and complex environments: the role of relationship networks and collaborative agency', in Governing Complexity in Times of Turbulence, pp. 102 - 126, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9781800889651.00017
    Book Chapters | 2020
    2020, 'Sustainability of collaborative networks in higher education research projects: why complexity? Why now?', in Complexity Theory in Public Administration, Routledge, pp. 120 - 139, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780429319662-7
  • Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Talking about health: Community ambassadors as a health promotion strategy to increase breast and bowel cancer screening in regional Australia', Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 34, pp. 246 - 254, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hpja.635
    Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'The influence of household structure and composition on the introduction of solid, semisolid and soft foods among children aged 6–8 months: An analysis based on Ethiopia Demographic and Health Surveys', Maternal and Child Nutrition, 19, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/mcn.13429
    Journal articles | 2023
    2023, 'Understanding Prevention Networks in a Local Government Area: Insights From a Social Network Analysis Among Western Australian Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity Prevention Programs', Health Promotion Practice, 24, pp. 103 - 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/15248399211050661
    Journal articles | 2022
    2022, 'The role of household structure and composition in influencing complementary feeding practices in Ethiopia', Nutrients, 14, http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/nu14010130
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'A Systems Thinking Methodology for Studying Prevention Efforts in Communities', Systemic Practice and Action Research, 34, pp. 555 - 573, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11213-020-09544-7
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Collaborative Networks in Chronic Disease Prevention: What Factors Inhibit Partnering for Funding?', International Journal of Public Administration, 44, pp. 91 - 99, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2019.1669177
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Initiatives and partnerships in an Australian metropolitan obesity prevention system: a social network analysis', BMC Public Health, 21, http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12889-021-11599-7
    Journal articles | 2021
    2021, 'Partnered research and emergent variation: developing a set of characteristics for identifying complexity in higher education partnerships', Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 43, pp. 91 - 109, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1360080X.2020.1733734
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'Optimising social procurement policy outcomes through cross-sector collaboration in the Australian construction industry', Engineering, Construction and Architectural Management, 28, pp. 1908 - 1928, http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/ECAM-04-2020-0221
    Journal articles | 2020
    2020, 'The central position of education in knowledge mobilization: insights from network analyses of spatial reasoning research across disciplines', Scientometrics, 125, pp. 2323 - 2347, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11192-020-03692-2
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'Examining undergraduate student retention in mathematics using network analysis and relative risk', International Journal of Mathematical Education in Science and Technology, 50, pp. 447 - 463, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0020739X.2018.1520932
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'Exploring network structure and the role of key stakeholders to understand the obesity prevention system in an Australian metropolitan health service: Study protocol', BMJ Open, 9, http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmjopen-2018-027948
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'Measuring a university-community collaboration using social network analysis', International Journal of Learning and Change, 11, pp. 18 - 38, http://dx.doi.org/10.1504/IJLC.2019.097168
    Journal articles | 2019
    2019, 'Reconceptualising Person-Centered Service Models as Social Ecology Networks in Supporting Integrated Care.', Int J Integr Care, 19, pp. 11, http://dx.doi.org/10.5334/ijic.4222
    Journal articles | 2018
    2018, 'Sustainability of collaborative networks in higher education research projects: why complexity? Why now?', Public Management Review, 20, pp. 1068 - 1087, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2017.1364410
    Journal articles | 2018
    2018, 'Why lecturers still matter: the impact of lecturer-student exchange on student engagement and intention to leave university prematurely', Higher Education, 75, pp. 167 - 185, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10734-017-0190-5
    Journal articles | 2017
    2017, 'Can videoconferencing affect older people’s engagement and perception of their social support in long-term conditions management: a social network analysis from the Telehealth Literacy Project', Health and Social Care in the Community, 25, pp. 938 - 950, http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/hsc.12382
    Journal articles | 2017
    2017, 'Collaborative networks and the need for a new management language', Public Management Review, 19, pp. 326 - 341, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/14719037.2016.1209232
    Journal articles | 2017
    2017, 'Modelling success networks to improve the quality of undergraduate education', Quality in Higher Education, 23, pp. 120 - 137, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13538322.2017.1356617
    Journal articles | 2012
    2012, 'Resilience of a corrupt police network: The first and second jokes in Queensland', Crime, Law and Social Change, 57, pp. 195 - 207, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10611-011-9337-y

'Reducing youth unemployment through social procurement in construction,' 2018. Loosemore, M., Powell, A., Muir, K., Barraket, J., Keast, R., Chamberlain, D., Dalgleish, J., Higgon, D., Williams, J., and Barnden, T. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant.

‘Latrobe Health Innovation Zone Early Detection and Screening including Tobacco – Social Network Analysis,’ 2019. Chamberlain, D. Gippsland PHN .

'Systems Inventory of local government areas in the East Metropolitan Health Service (EMHS) working to prevent lifestyle related chronic disease,' 2018. Jancey, J., Blackford, K., Pollard, C., Leavy, J., Riley, T., Szybiak, M., Milligan, M., Devitt-Rix, E., Chamberlain, D., Mukhtar, A., and Bordin, C. East Metropolitan Health Service grant, $20, 000. Healthway Research Grant.

'Health Research Collaboration' 2017. Keast, R., Chamberlain, D., and Kivits, R. Brisbane Diamantina Health Network Grant.

My Research Supervision

Mohammed Mehdi Hassan

Amanda Scott

Asnake Irenso