What is social network analysis?

Centre researcher Beatrice Crona gives an introduction to what is social network analysis and how it can be applied to natural resource management.

An increasing amount of research has started looking at how relationships among different actors and stakeholders facilitate and hinder societies in transforming the way they manage natural resources.

For much of human history, natural resource governance has centred on efforts to control nature in order to harvest products from it, while reducing risks to society.

This command-and-control sort of management has come under increasing scrutiny, paving the way for more adaptive management approaches with larger focus on learning and multilevel inclusion of stakeholders and their diverse sets of knowledge.

However, achieving this new form of resource governance is dependent on a fundamental understanding of important social processes at play between the different levels.

About Beatrice Crona
Crona's work focuses broadly on resource governance issue with particular focus on marine related issues.

The research can be broadly divided into three strands:

1. Learning and knowledge systems in natural resources governance

2. Social networks in natural resource governance

3. Social-ecological feedbacks and traps — with particular focus on small-scale fisheries

She has a PhD in Marine Ecotoxicology/Natural Resource Management at the Dept of Systems Ecology, Stockholm University in Sept 2006. Thesis: Of Mangroves and Middlemen - A study of social and ecological linkages in a coastal community.

Stockholm Resilience Centre is a collaboration between Stockholm University and the Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences

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