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Title: Understanding communicational behavior among rangelands’ stakeholders: application of social network analysis
Authors: Hosseininia,Gholamhossein
Rafiaani Khachak, Parisa
Van Passel, Steven
Azadi, Hossein
Issue Date: 2015
Citation: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 59 (2), p. 320-341
Abstract: Understanding communicational behavior of rangelands’ stakeholders is fundamental for effective development of rangeland management plans. This study aimed to understand differences between stakeholders’ relations among various actors involved in rangeland management using social network analysis (SNA). A survey was conducted on 334 stakeholders (89 extension agents, 110 researchers and 135 executive agents) in the Tehran province, Iran. Results showed that all the three groups of stakeholders are interested in making contact mainly within their own group. Furthermore, while the executive agents have shared the strongest technical and friendship relations with the two other groups, the extension agents established the strongest administrative interactions. The researchers, however, made a poor link especially with the extension agents. The study concluded that SNA could be an efficient tool to assess communicational behavior in rangeland management.
Notes: Azadi, H (reprint author), Hasselt Univ, Ctr Environm Sci, Hasselt, Belgium. hossein.azadi@ugent.be
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/18721
DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2015.1009975
ISI #: 000366383400008
ISSN: 0964-0568
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2017
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