John McLevey Dec2018
John McLevey is a faculty member in the Department of Knowledge Integration at University of Waterloo, and is cross-appointed to Sociology & Legal Studies, the School of Environment, Resources, & Sustainability, and Geography & Environmental Management.  He primarily works in the areas of social network analysis and computational social science, with substantive interests in the science-policy interface, environmental governance, and social movements.  His work is currently funded by 8 research grants, including an Early Researcher Award from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation and 5 grants from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).
As a computational social scientist, Dr. McLevey’s most general research goal is to advance our knowledge of how social networks and institutions affect the spread of information, knowledge, beliefs, biases, and behaviours. His work is also focused on better understanding the social and political consequences of those complex transmission processes.  He is currently leading or collaborating on a number of research projects in service of that larger goal, including on the effects of cognitive diversity in scientific teams, evidence-based policy making, and how educational innovations diffuse.  Each combines computational methods (specifically related to network analysis, natural language processing and text analysis, and record linkage) with social scientific theories and methods. You can find details about these projects on his research website.
In addition to writing articles, Dr. McLevey and his students develop research software. You can learn more about  metaknowledge and their other research software on the  NetLab  website.
Finally, Dr. McLevey co-runs (and loves to talk about) a program called Science Outside the Lab North. It’s an intensive course in Science Policy offered twice a year in Ottawa and Montreal.
A list of Dr. McLevey’s recent publications are available on his research website.
Science & Health Policy


  • McLevey, John. 2015. Understanding Policy Research in Liminal Spaces: Think Tank Responses to Diverging Principles of Legitimacy.. 45(2):270-293.
  • McLevey, John. 2014. Think Tanks, Funding, and the Politics of Policy Knowledge. 51(1):54-75.
  • 2014. Tory war on evidence claims another casualty. with Liam Swiss Op-Ed published on September 24 section A15.

Academic/Professional Awards

  • 2015-2020 Co-Investigator, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Insight Grant, “The Oil-Tourism Interface and Social-Ecological Change in the North Atlantic,” Principal Investigator: Dr. Mark Stoddart, Department of Sociology, Memorial University, $188,423.
  • 2014-2016 Principal Investigator, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Insight Development Grant, John McLevey, “Collaborative Design in Online Networks,” $74,814.
  • 2010–2013 Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship, Category A, SSHRC Doctoral Scholarship, $105,000.

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