COMMUNITY CAPITAL / INFRASTRUCTURE FORUM 1: Building Social Capital Through Water Stewardship Networks

November 22, 2017
11:30 am  -  11:40 am

Community water crises, droughts, and floods, are amplified by climate change and water infrastructure deficits. Taking a case study look at the Okanagan’s water action network, Nelson explores strategic opportunities to improve watershed stewardship networks, and describes how building social capital enables regional advantages in adapting to, and minimizing community water crises.

Water experts have noted: “Any transformation towards more sustainable and equitable water use and management, will need to work through the complex webs of social relations” (Stein et al., 2011) and “Identifying actors, clarifying their roles, determining how they will be engaged and ensuring that they have adequate capacity to participate effectively, are necessary first steps in water governance processes” (de Loe et al, 2009).

Social network analysis (SNA) is the process of investigating social structures through the use of network and graph theories. It characterizes networked structures in terms of nodes (individual actors, people, or things within the network) and the ties, edges, or links (relationships or interactions) that connect them.

Examples of social structures commonly visualized through social network analysis include formal and informal networks. These networks are often visualized through network maps. Nelson will be presenting Okanagan water governance network maps characteristic of social network analysis, and community/institutional action planning.

Session Category :  Forums