Glaser, Marion, Schröter, Barbara, Schwenke, Theresa and Holzkämper, Eike (7 - 10 July 2018) Generating knowledge on networks in environmental governance. [Event Organization]

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Understanding the interactions of actors and organisations with each other and with the natural environment is important for the successful governance of human-nature relations. This is especially so where objectives include the integration of actors from different sectors and system levels, the creation of instruments for sustainable environmental management or policy implementation. Despite some advances, the scarcity of methods for the analysis of social ecological systems that was diagnosed at a SHE conference a decade ago (Glaeser et al., 2009) persists today. We therefore invite contributors to explore different methodological approaches to analyzing social and social-ecological networks relevant to the governance and management of social-ecological systems.

In social research, Social Network Analysis (SNA) captures governance and management interactions revealing a point-in-time status of actors´ relations. This enables the empirical investigation of theoretical concepts such as multi-level governance, and of the role of intermediaries/brokers/institutional entrepreneurs in environmental governance and social learning. Classical SNA uses questionnaires that are translated into standardized network data to generate quantitative measures to assess the relations of one actor (ego network) or of a set of actors with all others in a conceptualized closed universe. Other innovative methodological approaches and tools that might be combined with this are agent-based modelling of social or social-ecological networks, participatory modelling, Net-Mapping and the modelling of social-ecological networks based on the building-block approach.

This symposium invites short presentations on innovative methods for collecting, visualizing and modelling data on social and social-ecological networks in environmental governance and management that include an analysis of quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods, on approaches that foster stakeholder participation, and on synergies between these. Contributors may present empirical case studies on the application of SNA tools, comparative studies of different SNA tools or concepts that relate to the methodological development of SNA. The different methods’ strengths, weaknesses and complementarities for environmental governance in sustainability science should be addressed.

The symposium will be organized in world café style. After a plenary “speed talk” backed up by a poster/printed handout, each of the 4-8 presenters will depict the strengths and weaknesses of their method, and the main thesis of their research, at one of 3-6 presenter-specific tables (provisionally entitled “Network Types and Performance” “Network States” “Network Dynamics”) where rotating subgroups of symposium participants will discuss the central findings and/or hypotheses proposed by presenters. The symposium will reconvene in plenary to explore trajectories for the further development of methods for analysing the governance and management of human-ecological relations.

We will prepare a Special Issue of the Journal Human Ecology Review in which contributors are invited to submit papers, and in which the symposium plenary outcomes with also feature as a joint article.

Document Type: Event Organization
Programme Area (enter as: PA1/PA2/PA3/PA4/PA5): PA2
Research affiliation: Social Sciences > Social-Ecological Systems Analysis
Affiliations > Not ZMT
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2020 16:19
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2020 13:01

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