Understanding resilience and adaptation using social-ecological network analysis

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/7/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM (Eastern Standard Time)
Room: Wilson A, Marriott, Mezzanine Level
Organizers: Matthew Hamilton, Jesse Sayles, Alexandra Paige Fischer
Chairs: Matthew Hamilton


Efforts to build resilience and promote adaptation under changing environmental conditions depend largely on how individual people, organizations, and other social groups work together to address complex environmental challenges. A core question concerns how such patterns of social interactions respond (or should respond) to patterns of ecological connectivity, such as linked water bodies, the movement of organisms among habitat patches, or the transmission of fire between forested lands. Coupled analysis of social and ecological networks offers potential for improving understanding of how environmental outcomes depend upon the degree to which patterns of social interaction “fit” patterns of ecological connectivity, how patterns of ecological connectivity influence the costs and benefits of collaboration among sets of resource users or environmental management organizations, and how “micro-level” patterns of interactions in social-ecological networks aggregate to shape resilience and adaptation at the system-level. In social-ecological systems characterized by changing environmental conditions, network analysis of the coevolution of social and ecological systems can help identify institutional arrangements and policy interventions that may improve resilience to disturbance events or facilitate adaptation to future conditions. Presenters will report on research and syntheses that apply network tools and perspectives to advance understanding of the factors that shape the structure of coupled social and ecological networks, as well as the implications of network structure for resilience and adaptation in social-ecological systems. This organized session will build upon the “Network perspectives on adaptation and resilience in social-ecological systems” session at the 2018 AAG Annual meeting; in this spirit, presenters will be encouraged to share their thoughts on challenges and emerging opportunities to conduct research that deepens our understanding of the structure and function of social and ecological networks.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Matthew Hamilton*, The Ohio State University, Alexandra Paige Fischer, University of Michigan, Lorien Jasny, University of Exeter, Who are the brokers of collaborative risk management in wildfire-prone landscapes? 20 8:00 AM
Presenter Lorien Jasny*, University of Exeter, Clustering Stewardship network profiles 20 8:20 AM
Presenter Meghan Klasic*, Center for Environmental Policy and Behavior, University of California - Davis, Rachel Lamb*, Department of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen, Marine, Estuarine, Environmental Science, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, Kelsey Leonard, Department of Political Science, McMaster University, Canada, Exploring the role of social-ecological network structures in explaining Lake Erie water quality governance 20 8:40 AM
Presenter Cody Evers*, , Alan Ager, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Max Nielsen-Pincus, Portland State University, Derric Jacobs, Portland State University, The Land Tenure of Wildfire Risk Management Systems 20 9:00 AM
Presenter Jesse Sayles*, ORISE Fellow Appointed with the US Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development. , Matthew Hamilton, The Ohio State University, Maria Mancilla Garcia, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Social-ecological network analysis in human-environment research and practice 20 9:20 AM

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