Mitchell Centre Seminar Series
|Starts:||16:00 5 Feb 2020|
|Ends:||17:30 5 Feb 2020|
|What is it:||Seminar|
|Organiser:||School of Social Sciences|
Örjan Bodin, Stockholm Resilience Centre
A network perspective in understanding environmental governance: how cooperation, conflict and the natural environment interact in shaping social and environmental outcomes.
Most if not all environmental problems involve multiple conflicts of interests. Yet, to be effectively addressed, different actors and opposing coalitions often need to collaborate. Hence, processes of conflict and collaboration often work in tandem, albeit much of the scholarly literature tends to focus on either of these phenomena in isolation. Social network analysis (SNA) provides ample opportunities to analyze if and how actors engage in cooperation, and/or in conflict, and/or both with one another. In this talk, I will demonstrate – based on my own and others work – how SNA has led to an increased understanding of the promises and pitfalls of cooperation in environmental governance. But studies using SNA to investigate conflictual social ties are virtually absent in environmental governance research, thus the ability of SNA to more deeply investigate social processes of collaboration and conflict together remains largely underutilized. Fortunately, recent advances in other research fields show a way forward. Further, a network perspective is not restricted to the social domain. Several recent attempts have demonstrated that a multilevel social-ecological network perspective facilitates integration of social and environmental sciences by furthering an understanding on how different patterns of access to environmental resources can trigger both cooperation and conflict.
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