Socio-spatial network perspectives on environmental hazards and risk

Type: Virtual Paper
Theme: Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group Curated Track
Sponsor Groups: Human Dimensions of Global Change Specialty Group, Hazards, Risks, and Disasters Specialty Group
Poster #:
Day: 4/10/2021
Start / End Time: 3:05 PM / 4:20 PM (PDT)
Room: Virtual 7
Organizers: Matthew Hamilton, Cody Evers, Max Nielsen-Pincus
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 (, Cody Evers (, and Max Nielsen-Pincus ( by the submission deadline, currently November 19th.


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*, The Ohio State University, Cody Evers, Portland State University, Max Nielsen-Pincus, Portland State University, Cross-jurisdiction coordination of risk in fragmented governance settings 15 3:05 PM
Presenter Cody Evers*, Portland State University, Max Nielsen-Pincus, Portland State University, A Grammar of Coordination and Collaboration for Wildfire Risk Management 15 3:20 PM
Presenter Max Nielsen-Pincus*, Portland State University, Cody R Evers, Portland State University, A Network Perspective on the Wildfire Risk Management System: A Comparison of Two Cases in the Western US (Northern Washington and Northern Utah) 15 3:35 PM
Presenter Adeniyi Asiyanbi*, University of Calgary, Conny Davidsen, University of Calgary, Assembling risk or security?: governing wildfire risk in the age of climate change. 15 3:50 PM

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