Application of social network analysis to the institutional relations of the Higher Education System in the Rivera region-Livramento


  • Miguel Oliva Centro Interdisciplinario de Estudios Avanzados – CIEA –, Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero, Saénz Peña, Argentina
  • Emilio Silva Sandes Universidad Católica del Uruguay–Campus Salto/CeRP del Litoral, Uruguay
  • Sebastián Romero Universidad Católica del Uruguay–Campus Salto/CeRP del Litoral, Uruguay



higher education system, university cities, social network analysis, institutional networks, Rivera, Livramento


This paper presents the results of a research-action project carried out in Rivera (Uruguay) and the Binational Conurbation that integrates with Livramento (Brazil). The research aimed to strengthen a university region in this Conurbation, a pole of attraction for students from various adjacent areas. The study analyzes the institutional relations in the higher education system between 2020 and 2021 and proposes actions that can become territorial economic development. Relevant actors were identified through in-depth interviews. The actors analyzed are institutional (universities, trade and business associations, municipalities, and others). These actors are then interpreted as nodes of an institutional network through social network analysis (SNA) using Gephi software. Relationships between the institutions of the higher educational system in Rivera were identified (for example, joint careers, agreements, and research). The nodes were georeferenced (using GeoLayout), creating a dynamic institutional mapping. However, both in the local imaginary and the discourse of the authorities, Rivera and Livramento must work to consolidate themselves as a university region. In this research, it was observed that there are still no complete and agreed strategic lines in this regard. In this sense, the application of social network analysis also makes it possible to think about and encourage the application of public policies from a network and collaboration perspective between institutions to achieve complex community objectives.


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How to Cite

Oliva, M., Sandes, E. S., & Romero, S. (2022). Application of social network analysis to the institutional relations of the Higher Education System in the Rivera region-Livramento. AWARI, 3.



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