A Grammar of Coordination and Collaboration for Wildfire Risk Management

Authors: Cody Evers*, Portland State University, Max Nielsen-Pincus, Portland State University
Topics: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters, Coupled Human and Natural Systems, Applied Geography
Keywords: Wildfire, Risk, Collective Action, Network Analysis
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Virtual 7
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As wildfires grow in size, management of risk from wildfire has increasingly been viewed as a collective action problem. Because wildfire risk results from the interaction of multiple drivers, we assume that risk management is an inherently contested collective process. Yet understanding how these cooperative structures in wildfire risk management are formed and maintained is hampered by inconsistent language used to describe how two parties cooperate. In this session, we examine coordination and collaboration as distinct collective actions and examine how these network behaviors related to the basic network structures of bridging and bonding ties. Finally, we examine the degree to which this relationship depends on the contested nature of the action at hand. As such, we hypothesize that collective risk management requires a combination of both network structures and behaviors. We test this expectation using transcripts from workshops with risk managers, professional networks among wildfire risk managers in two fire-prone regions in the western US, and a currently in-development network simulation model named SNIP.

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