Report on Social Network Analysis (SNA)
This report highlights some of the preliminary findings of the social science research on Social Network Analysis in the Caribbean.
The task of capturing representative snapshots within the wider Caribbean of the geo-political and bureaucratic complexity captured has been undertaken by replicating four detailed case studies in Barbados, Belize, Honduras and St. Kitts and Nevis (3 sites in each country). Part of this task is the collation of social network data. Social networks are, in simple terms, a representation of who talks to whom, and therefore are increasingly used to describe how information and influence is passed throughout society.
The FORCE project is using social network analyses (SNA) to generate understanding of the governance system. We will develop a framework within which multiple networks can be linked across scale boundaries. For example, rather than focus on a single managing organisation, the project will examine linkages among different actors and the cross-scale linkages to trans-national governance networks. The diversity of countries and study sites within countries provides a rare opportunity to conduct multiple SNA studies across gradients of power, wealth, capacity, demographic scale, and social health. The ability to compare structural properties of such networks makes SNA a novel tool for understanding governance and management of Caribbeancoral reefs. In this study, structural properties of formal and informal networks of actors will be measured, and the relationships between these network properties and measurements of good governance explored. This work aims to offer recommended improvements to governance structures for coral reef resource use. Outcomes from such research will also play an important role in identifying bottlenecks to the flow of information and opportunities to target information dissemination in each study country.