Dr. Anatoliy Gruzd

I am a Canada Research Chair in Social Media Data Stewardship, Associate Professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University (Canada), and Director of Research at the Social Media Lab. I am also a co-editor of a multidisciplinary journal on Big Data and Society  and co-organizer of the International Conference on Social Media and Society.

My research initiatives explore how the advent of social media and the growing availability of user-generated big data are changing the ways in which people communicate, collaborate and disseminate information and how these changes impact the social, economic and political norms and structures of modern society. My expertise lays in developing and testing new analytics tools for discovering and visualizing social media data and online social networks. The broad aim of my various research initiatives is to provide decision makers with additional knowledge and insights into the behaviours and relationships of online network members, and to understand how these interpersonal connections influence our personal choices and actions.

This year I am co-organizing the 2017 Social Media & Society Conference and co-edited a special issue on Social Media & Society for American Behavioral Scientist.

Research Focus:

Dr. Gruzd’s research focuses include: Online Communities, Social Media Data Stewardship, Online Social Networks, Social Networks Analysis, Information Visualization and Computer-Mediated Communication (See Research for more details.)

research funding

Research Awards and Honors Highlights:

His work has appeared in numerous high impact, peer-reviewed journals including Social Networks, Information Processing & Management (IP&M),  American Behavioral Scientist, Journal of the Medical Library Association(JMLA), Journal of Education for Library and Information Science (JELIS) and at a wide variety of respected and influential conferences including the Hawaiian International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS), the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA), Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL), GROUP, and Networked Learning. (See Publications for more details.)

As an expert in the areas of Social Media, Social Networks Analysis, Online Social Networks, Online Communities, Information Visualization and Computer-Mediated Communication, Dr. Gruzd’s research and commentaries have also been reported in various national and international mass media outlets such as Foreign Affairs,the Atlantic, Nature.com, National Public Radio, The Associated Press, Maclean’s, The Globe and Mail, CBC TV & Radio, etc… (See Media Coverage for a complete list.) He has also been sought out as a consultant and guest speaker by universities in North America and Europe such as the University of Oxford,  Syracuse University, Politecnico di Milano, the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), the University of Western Ontario (UWO), and Canadian organizations such as MITACS, GRAND, Research Canada and others.

In 2013, Dr. Gruzd, with co-applicant Dr. Caroline Haythornthwaite of the University of British Columbia, has been awarded $478,622 by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) through an Insight grant for their new research initiative on “Learning Analytics for the Social Media Age“.

In 2012, Dr. Gruzd was awarded a Leaders Opportunity Fund (LOF) Grant in the amount of $150,000 from the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) and the Nova Scotia Research and Innovation Trust (NSRIT). This new infrastructure grant will allow Dr. Gruzd to continue to grow the Social Media Lab at Dalhousie University.

In early 2010, Dr. Gruzd (as PI) and  Dr. Barry Wellman (as co-PI) from the University of Toronto’s Department of Sociology was awarded a grant in the amount of $161,000 by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada to study “How Social Media and Online Social Networks are Changing the Ways Scholars Disseminate Knowledge and Information”.

In 2010, Dr. Gruzd became a Collaborative Network Investigator (CNI) in GRAND, a federally-funded Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE).   Recently, in 2012, Dr. Gruzd has been promoted to the status of Principle Network Investigator (PNI) in GRAND- NCE. The  GRAND- NCE is a research network and commercialization engine; it explores the use and application of digital media in a variety of settings including entertainment, healthcare, education, environmental sustainability, and public policy.

In recognition of Dr. Gruzd research activities, in June 2010 Dalhousie University Faculty of Management awarded Dr. Gruzd with its annual Award for Exceptional Interdisciplinary Endeavour in Scholarly Research.

In 2009, the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) awarded Dr. Gruzd with the ALISE 2009 Best Conference Paper Award for a paper entitled “Studying collaborative learning using name networks.” Subsequently this paper was published in the Journal of Education for Library and Information Science.


Dr. Gruzd is a former United States Department of State Muskie Fellow. He received his PhD in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, his MS in Library & Information Science from Syracuse University in 2005 and his BS & MS in Computer Science from Dnipropetrovsk National University in Ukraine in 2003.