Clustering Stewardship network profiles

Authors: Lorien Jasny*, University of Exeter
Topics: Social Geography, Sustainability Science, Spatial Analysis & Modeling
Keywords: Social network, environmental stewardship, urban geography
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: Wilson A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
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Civic environmental stewardship is on the rise in many cities and regions throughout the world. Civic stewardship groups range from informal groups of friends or neighbors to professionalized non-governmental organizations (NGOs) who engage in conserving, managing, monitoring educating about, or advocating for the local environment. Increasingly, environmental actors in these areas work within collaborative, networked structures to accomplish their goals and objectives. Organizational networks are important mechanisms for groups to share information and resources that can strengthen capacity and outcomes and address environmental problems frequently too complex or at too large a scale for any one organization to tackle alone. These collaborative networks often lead to new and innovative forms of governance over shared environmental resources and ecosystem services. At the same time, not all environmental groups engage equally in collaborative networks and, as a result, may have less access to ideas, materials and resources over time. Using a new technique, the Ego-ERGM (Exponential Random Graph Model) approach, we cluster organizations into similar stewardship 'profiles.' These profiles describe which organizations broker, which form clusters of like-minding organizations, and which engage in niche relationships. We then compare these profiles to geographic and other attribute data to look at how these roles operate within the network. We conclude with implications for overall stewardship capacity in the network.

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