Stakeholder analysis and social network analysis in natural resource management

Christina Prell*, Klaus Hubacek, Mark Reed

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The increasing use of stakeholder analysis in natural resource management reflects a growing recognition that stakeholders can and should influence environmental decision making. Stakeholder analysis can be used to avoid inflaming conflicts, ensure that the marginalization of certain groups is not reinforced, and fairly represent diverse interests. We present a case study from the Peak District National Park in the United Kingdom, where we used social network analysis to inform stakeholder analysis. This information helped us identify which individuals and categories of stakeholder played more central roles in the network and which were more peripheral. This information guided our next steps for stakeholder selection. The chapter ends with a discussion on the strengths and limitations of combining social network analysis with stakeholder analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Applied System Science
PublisherTaylor and Francis Inc.
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781315748771
ISBN (Print)9780415843324
Publication statusPrint publication - 25 Nov 2016
Externally publishedYes

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