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Who Is Connected with Whom? A Social Network Analysis of Institutional Interactions in the European CCA and DRR Landscape

Eleni Karali (), Dragana Bojovic (), Gabriela Michalek (), Carlo Giupponi () and Reimund Schwarze
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Eleni Karali: Hellenic Ministry of Environment and Energy, 11251 Athens, Greece
Dragana Bojovic: Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, 30175 Venice, Italy
Gabriela Michalek: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, 04318 Leipzig, Germany
Carlo Giupponi: Centro Euro-Mediterraneo sui Cambiamenti Climatici, 30175 Venice, Italy

Sustainability, 2020, vol. 12, issue 3, 1-1

Abstract: Communication and collaboration are critical for designing and implementing responses to climate change impacts and related disasters. This acknowledgement has increased interest in understanding social and institutional networks for climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR). In this study, we used Social Network Analysis (SNA) to explore institutional interactions within and across the communities of the aforementioned domains in Europe. Firstly, we investigated the type and intensity of interactions. We calculated SNA metrics to assess the roles of different actors and applied cluster analysis to identify actors with similar patterns of connections. SNA showed that communication is often more intensive within the two communities, while collaboration is frequent around topics related to both CCA and DRR. Cluster analysis revealed that actors tied with DRR were more closely connected, while actors tied with CCA and those with mixed connections showed no obvious clustering affinity. The European Climate Adaptation Platform, Climate-ADAPT, had the highest value for various SNA metrics, reflecting its popularity in the network and its potential for enhancing interactions among its actors. Finally, SNA was complemented by qualitative interviews, which emphasised the importance of connecting CCA and DRR in organisational mission and vision statements.

Keywords: social network analysis; institutional actors; climate change adaptation; disaster risk reduction; Europe (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 O13 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2020
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