The research team egolab-GRAFO is specialized in the study of personal networks and communities. It applies this relational perspective to investigate emergent social phenomena, mainly in two areas: economic anthropology and anthropology of migration, mobility and transnationalism. The group has a particular interest in understanding the role that social relationships play in individuals' livelihood strategies. Our area of ethnographic research is primarily southern and south-eastern Europe, but we have also performed fieldwork in Mexico and Indonesia.
In addition to research, egolab-GRAFO provides support to researchers, institutions and professionals interested in social network developments. Among others, it collaborates in the development of software for data collection of personal networks, and it organizes a yearly international summer school into the theory and analysis of personal networks for PhD students and researchers, usually held in July. It also organized the first European Conference in Social Networks (EUSN) in Barcelona in 2014; the second was organized by Sciences Po (Paris) in 2016 and the third by the Johannes Gutenburg University in Mainz in 2017. Furthermore, egolab-GRAFO co-publishes Revista REDES, a journal dedicated to social network analysis indexed in the first quartile of IN-RECS Antropología, and in ERIH Plus. It has an agreement with the Universidad Autónoma de Aguascalientes (November 2012) for developing personal networks applications and joint research.
egolab is a part of the larger consolidated research group GRAFO, recognized by the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR). The group is based in the Department of Social and Cultural Anthropology of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and among others it has had funding from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competition, the RecerCaixa program, and the European Science Foundation.