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Dr. McLevey’s research centers on social networks and spans a range of subfields and specialties, including the sociology of knowledge, comparative science and health policy, and environmental sociology.

Dr. McLevey’s dissertation research (2013) was on think tank funding and policy research. He has published articles in Social Studies of Science (2015) and Canadian Review of Sociology (2014) about this, and is collaborating on a comparative article about think tanks in Canada and the US with Thomas Medvetz at UC San Diego. In the past year, his research on think tanks has evolved into a broader project on expertise and policy, with articles in progress on (1) the intersection of scientific and policy networks in environmental governance, and (2) comparative science and health policy.

Dr. McLevey’s primary research project right now, funded by SSHRC, is on communication and collaboration networks among Linux kernel developers. The main article from this project adjudicates between three competing claims about the nature of large-scale collaborations in open source software development.

Finally, Dr. McLevey is collaborating on articles on social scientific disciplines and reputations (with Allyson Stokes, and with Neil McLaughlin and Vanina Leschziner), and on the diffusion of philosophy of science in the sciences (with Katie Plaisance).

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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