Researchers and practitioners addressing environmental problems are interested in better understanding the social context in which conservation and environmental decisions are made. This makes sense because most environmental outcomes depend on human behaviour. And human behaviour is influenced by who we interact with and how. This has led to increased interest in human social networks.
In this study we review common problems in the application of social network research in environmental studies. These are:
- Application of analytical methods inadequate or sensitive to incomplete network data
2. Application of statistical approaches that ignore dependency in the network
3. Lack of connection between the theoretical base, research question, and choice of analytical techniques
We unpack these problems in the published paper, and provide guidance for how to conduct research on social networks.