ACSPRI Conferences, ACSPRI Social Science Methodology Conference 2014

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Network governance, multilevel networks and social ecological systems

Garry Robins

Building: Holme Building
Room: MacCallum Room
Date: 2014-12-09 01:30 PM – 03:00 PM
Last modified: 2014-10-31


Several structural theories for effective network governance of environmental systems have been proposed, with the system conceived as a network of collaborating organizations. Following the ground-breaking work of Ostrom (2007) and the precise network formulation of Bodin and Tengo (2012), I argue, however, that the system may be best represented as a multilevel network involving both human and environmental nodes: a social ecological system. This new conceptualization fits well with recent parallel methodological development, including Exponential random graph models for multilevel network structure. I show how these new methods may be applied to the empirical example of Bodin and Tengo on the management of forests by clans in Madagascar. I discuss the structural preconditions for sustainability in this social ecological system.