Oral Presentation Session - Invited Status Awarded
Invited by: Society for Anthropological Sciences
Of interest to: Practicing and Applied Anthropologists, Students
Primary Theme: Environment and Environmental Inequality
Secondary Theme: Evolution
Social network analysis is a powerful tool for modeling interactions between individuals, communities, and their environments. A network approach highlights the connections between elements in a system, both between individuals and at a broader structural level. Attention to networks reveals how patterns of interaction - whether between households, trade partners, communities and resources, or institutions - influence complex human-natural dynamics. This session applies network analysis to a range of socioecological problems, from understanding how property rights regimes can help maintain sustainable mushroom harvests in SW China to human foragers’ position in West Australian food webs. These papers illustrate both the wide applicability of social network methods to human-environmental dynamics and highlight the novel policy implications that can be derived from a network perspective.