Key considerations and challenges in the application of social-network research for environmental decision making

Guerrero, A.M., Barnes, M., Bodin, Ö., Chadès, I., Davis, K.J., Iftekhar, M.S., Morgans, C., and Wilson, K.A. (2020) Key considerations and challenges in the application of social-network research for environmental decision making. Conservation Biology, 34 (3). pp. 733-742.

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Attempts to better understand the social context in which conservation and environmental decisions are made has led to increased interest in human social networks. To improve the use of social-network analysis in conservation, we reviewed recent studies in the literature in which such methods were applied. In our review, we looked for problems in research design and analysis that limit the utility of network analysis. Nineteen of 55 articles published from January 2016 to June 2019 exhibited at least 1 of the following problems: application of analytical methods inadequate or sensitive to incomplete network data; application of statistical approaches that ignore dependency in the network; or lack of connection between the theoretical base, research question, and choice of analytical techniques. By drawing attention to these specific areas of concern and highlighting research frontiers and challenges, including causality, network dynamics, and new approaches, we responded to calls for increasing the rigorous application of social science in conservation.

Item ID: 62345
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1523-1739
Keywords: network methods, social-ecological systems, social-network analysis, social science methods
Copyright Information: © 2020 Society for Conservation Biology
Funders: Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Environmental Decisions (ARC)
Date Deposited: 26 Feb 2020 07:44
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441002 Environmental sociology @ 50%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960604 Environmental Management Systems @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences @ 30%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 40%
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