Barry Wellman is an urban sociology professor who studies the networks of community, communication, computer, and social.
Barry’s research examines virtual community, the virtual workplace, social support, community, kinship, friendship, and social network theory and methods.
Based at the University of Toronto, he directs NetLab at the Faculty of Information. Barry is the former S.D. Clark Professor at the Department of Sociology, and is a member of the Cities Centre and the Knowledge Media Design Institute at the University of Toronto.
Barry is the co-author of the prize-winning book, Networked: The New Social Operating System, published by MIT Press. The book analyzes the social nature of networked individualism, growing out of the social network revolution, the Internet revolution, and the mobile revolution.
Barry is a member of the Royal Society of Canada American Sociological Association.
He is a Fellow of IBM Toronto’s Centre for Advanced Studies. He has worked with IBM’s Institute of Knowledge Management, Mitel Networks, Advanced Micro Devices’ Global Consumer Advisory Board, and Intel’s People and Practices research unit.
Barry has been a keynote speaker at conferences ranging from computer science to theology, and a committee member of the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) and the Ford Foundation’s Program on Information Technology, International Cooperation and Global Security.
Barry is the co-author of more than 200 scholarly articles, and is the co-editor of three books.
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