Participant engagement in environmentally focused social network research

Jasny, Lorien, Sayles, Jesse, Hamilton, Matthew, Roldan Gomez, Laura, Jacobs, Derric, Prell, Christina, Matous, Petr, Schiffer, Eva, Guererro, Angela M., and Barnes, Michele (2021) Participant engagement in environmentally focused social network research. Social Networks, 66. pp. 125-138.

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Environmentally focused social network analysis (Env. SNA) has increasingly benefited from engagement, which refers to the process of incorporating the individuals, organizations, actors, stakeholders or other study participants into the research process. Research about engagement in the wider field of environmental management shows that successful engagement often requires significant planning and exchange among researchers and stakeholders. While there is no one size fits all approach, several important guiding principles have been established. To date, this engagement literature has not focused specifically on SNA, even though several examples of engaged SNA exist in the literature and point to some specific challenges to engagement when working with relational data. Drawing upon data from a survey of researchers who have incorporated engagement into Env. SNA, we focus specifically on the goals, scope, effectiveness, benefits and challenges of doing engaged Env. SNA research. We additionally highlight four case studies and demonstrate that researchers and participants find engagement to be a valuable experience with benefits in the researchers’ understanding of the context and meaning of their findings. Finally, we provide recommendations to scholars looking to embark on engaged Env. SNA research.

Item ID: 70323
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0378-8733
Keywords: Data collection, collaboration, Engaged research, Environmental social networks, Participant engagement
Copyright Information: © 2021 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. Accepted version may be made open access under a CC BY-NC-ND license in an Institutional Repository after an embargo of 24 months.
Date Deposited: 09 Nov 2021 01:27
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 40%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441006 Sociological methodology and research methods @ 60%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1899 Other environmental management > 189999 Other environmental management not elsewhere classified @ 30%
19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1999 Other environmental policy, climate change and natural hazards > 199999 Other environmental policy, climate change and natural hazards not elsewhere classified @ 30%
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280123 Expanding knowledge in human society @ 40%
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