Social Networks and Natural Resource Management

Uncovering the Social Fabric of Environmental Governance

Social Networks and Natural Resource Management

Social Network Analysis (SNA), a quantitative approach to the study of social relations, has recently emerged as a key tool for understanding the governance of natural resources. Bringing together contributions from a range of researchers in the field, this is the first book to fully explore the potential applications of SNA in the context of natural resource management. Topics covered include the role of SNA in stakeholder selection; improving fisheries management and conservation; the effect of social network ties on public satisfaction and agrarian communication networks. Numerous case studies link SNA concepts to the theories underlying natural resource governance, such as social learning, adaptive co-management and social movements theory. Reflecting on the challenges and opportunities associated with this evolving field, this is an ideal resource for students and researchers involved in many areas of natural resource management, environmental biology, sustainability science and sociology.


 Reviews:

"... a rigorous conceptual framework of SNA at the beginning of the book weaves the contributing case studides of natural resource management into an integrated whole."
Janne I. Hukkinen, Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences

"The book achieves its objective admirably well... [as] an edited volume, a rigorous conceptual framework of SNA at the beginning of the book weaves the contributing case studies of natural resource management into an integrated whole. The concluding chapter is ambitious and successful in synthesizing the central theoretical and methodological challenges for future work in the field. Academics and professionals working in natural resource governance are also likely to find the book very useful."
Janne I. Hukkinen, Environmental Policy Research Group (EPRG), University of Helsinki, Journal of Integrative Environmental Sciences

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