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Sunbelt 2022 Cairns

Call: "Corporate Networks"

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Event Details

We are writing to solicit paper proposals for this year’s Sunbelt 2022 conference on the theme of Corporate Networks.  The conference will be hybrid providing opportunities to interact face to face in Cairns Australia, or remotely.  Please see the description of the organized session below and we hope to see you in July.  The deadline for submitting your abstract is 6 February.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Bye for now,


Mohamed Oubenal,

Tarun Banerjee,

Roy Barnes,


Organized Session:  Corporate Networks

This session highlights the study of the role of social networks in consolidating the dominant position of business and economic elites. Applicants are invited to submit papers that use social network analysis at either local, national or transnational level. We’re particularly interested in research offering insights into the social attributes of dominant economic elites and their interdependencies with the political sphere through think tanks, clubs and informal groups. We also welcome papers that offer new empirical perspectives or analytical tools to understand how corporate networks are embedded into non-corporate forms of sociability, thus facilitating the connection of the economic realm with other social spheres. Papers may also explore how interlocking directorates help understand the transformation of business elites, especially when they are confronted with socio-political or financial crises. Finally, the session welcomes innovative approaches that combine social network analysis with qualitative or other quantitative methods (multiple correspondence analysis, sequence analysis, etc.).


corporate networks

economic elites

interlocking directorates

policy groups

social clubs


To Submit your Abstract, go to


We invite interested authors to submit an abstract for an oral presentation or a poster presentation of no more than 200 words by 6 February via Easychair. Please include the following required information in your proposal:

  • A short descriptive title for your presentation/poster
  • A brief description of your presentation/poster (max. 200 words)
  • Names and contact information of all authors
  • Preference for timeslot for presentation (1st, 2nd and 3rd preferences)
  • Session preference:  Corporate Networks
  • Keywords

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