Using multiple methods to understand the nature of relationships in social networks

Adams, Vanessa M., Moon, Katie, Álvarez-Romero, Jorge G., Bodin, Örjan, Spencer, Michaela, and Blackman, Deborah (2018) Using multiple methods to understand the nature of relationships in social networks. Society & Natural Resources, 31 (7). pp. 755-772.

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Abstract

Effective natural resource management (NRM) often depends on collaboration through formal and informal relationships. Social network analysis (SNA) provides a framework for studying social relationships; however, a deeper understanding of the nature of these relationships is often missing. By integrating multiple analytical methods (including SNA, evidence ratings, and perception matrices), we were able to investigate the nature of relationships in NRM social networks across five service types (e.g., technical advice, on-ground support) in our case study region, Daly catchment Australia. Only one service type was rated as highly associated with free choice in establishing relationships: technical advice/knowledge. Beneficial characteristics of NRM organizations, such as collaborative and transparent, were associated with the presence of freely chosen relationships between organizations. Our results suggest a need to improve our understanding of organizational roles and characteristics, in particular for use in applied NRM contexts, such as network weaving or disseminating information.

Item ID: 52321
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1521-0723
Keywords: social network analysis; stakeholder analysis; repertory grid; natural resource governance; natural resource management; NRM; Australia; Northern Australia; Daly River; Northern Territory; perception matrix; perception matrices; social networks; network weaving; agency; collaboration; organizational characteristics
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Supplementary material can be downloaded from the following link: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/suppl/10.1080/08941920.2018.1425514/suppl_file/usnr_a_1425514_sm9717.zip

Funders: National Environmental Research Program (NERP) North Australia Hub, Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (ARC CoE Coral Reef Studies), Australian Centre for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (ACEAS), Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), Charles Darwin Universtiy Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment (CSU)
Projects and Grants: CSU Small Project Grant
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2018 22:55
FoR Codes: 05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050209 Natural Resource Management @ 30%
05 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 0502 Environmental Science and Management > 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity @ 20%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960605 Institutional Arrangements for Environmental Protection @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 50%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960704 Land Stewardship @ 20%
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