Socio-spatial network perspectives on environmental hazards and risk

Type: Paper
Sponsor Groups: Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2020
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:15 AM
Room: Governors Square 17, Sheraton, Concourse Level
Organizers: Matthew Hamilton, Cody Evers
Chairs: Matthew Hamilton

Call for Submissions

This organized session will feature empirical research and syntheses that apply network tools and perspectives to advance theories and frameworks of environmental hazards and risk. We especially encourage papers that showcase new methodological approaches for jointly analyzing spatial and social networks. Possible topics may include:

- Techniques for identifying and quantifying environment risk transmission and risk interdependences
- Risk governance that addresses systemic risks as characterized by high complexity, uncertainty, and ambiguity
- Frameworks for understanding risk mitigation as public good or common pool resource
- Typologies of risk interdependence in addition to social responses and adaptations.
- How the spatial dimensions of risk shape collaborative networks (and vice versa) in risk-prone environments

Interested participants should email their abstract and PIN to Matt Hamilton and Cody Evers by the submission deadline, currently October 30th.


Many environmental hazards and risks span physical and administrative boundaries. Human behaviors, policies, and institutions are capable of dampening or amplifying the shared nature of these risks. Managing risk involves grappling with complex sets of social and environmental interdependencies that evolve over time. Such interdependencies highlight the value of accounting for connections among places and people in the study and practice of risk planning, preparation, mitigation, response, and recovery. In particular, network science offers a set of concepts and analytical tools for evaluating factors that affect risk exposure (e.g., the likelihood that hazard events can be transmitted from one place to another) as well as risk mitigation outcomes (e.g., how collaborative policy networks function to reduce hazard conditions). Despite considerable research on spatial dimensions of hazards and the role of social and policy networks in hazard-prone landscapes, there has been limited research that explicitly integrates spatial and social networks to diagnose and address environmental hazards and risk.


Type Details Minutes Start Time
Presenter Matthew Hamilton*, Ohio State, Max Nielsen-Pincus, Portland State University, How policy networks coevolve with environmental risk: Insights from wildfire governance in the U.S. West 15 8:00 AM
Presenter Mary Rozance*, University of Washington, What’s at risk depends on how we measure: Examining sea level rise adaptation knowledge systems 15 8:15 AM
Presenter Meghan Klasic*, Center for Environmental Policy & Behavior, University of California - Davis, Rachel Lamb, Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland, College Park, Kelsey Leonard, Comparative Public Policy, McMaster University, Canada, Vanessa Vargas-Nguyen, Marine, Estuarine, Environmental Science, University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science, The mis(alignment) of harmful algal bloom social-ecological networks and key water quality parameters in Lake Erie 15 8:30 AM
Presenter Cody Evers*, Portland State University, Max Nielsen-Pincus, Portland State University, Alan Ager, USFS, Divergent adaptation? A novel assessment of wildfire risk management networks between two fire-prone regions in the western US. 15 8:45 AM
Presenter Steven Mana`oakamai Johnson*, Oregon State University, James R. Watson, Oregon State University, Diffusion of innovations across social-ecological networks to inform conservation 15 9:00 AM

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