Welcome to UCNets

The UC Berkeley Social Networks Study, or “UCNets” seeks to improve our understanding about our social lives, how we spend time with family, friends, and others.  Research shows that people’s social connections affect their health and happiness.  So, learning more about people’s relationships is an important task for health researchers.

In this panel study of social ties, it will be possible to see how a person’s connections change as a result of life changes, such as marriage or divorce, moving, retiring, illness, and other events.  Because people’s personal networks shape physical and emotional well-being, understanding how and why networks change will have important health implications, especially as Americans encounter changing families, new lifestyles, and economic challenges.

If you were invited to participate, registration is now closed.

Need help?  Just call the toll-free number 877-932-0614. Thank you for your participation!


With thanks to you, our UCNets participants, we have begun to examine the results of Wave 1 of this study. The second wave began in February 2017 and was completed in May 2017. Our next wave will be in the spring of 2018.
Read our Second newsletter here.

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We are pleased to present a conference and workshop on June 14-15, 2018 to present original research analyzing Wave 1 of the UCNets data. The Call for Papers is closed. Announcements regarding registration for the event will be released shortly. For more information, see the Call for Papers announcement in the News .