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If you or your colleagues will be attending the Society for Conservation Biology Oceania or North America section meetings in July you might be interested in a 1-day workshop on social network analysis and network weaving my colleagues and I will be presenting. It will be especially relevant to those who are working on complex applied conservation projects that involve people with multiple backgrounds and perspectives. The Oceania section workshop will be on July 7, co-taught with Ged Acton of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Fiji, and Brooke McDavid of the University of Alaska; the N. America section workshop/short course will be on July 13, co-taught with my CPI colleague Judy Soule. Below is the description of the Oceania workshop. 

With best regards,     -ken

Workshop 1: A hands-on introduction to applied social network analysis for community-based conservation

The theory and methods of social network analysis have been under development since the 1930s, and in the past decade have begun to be applied to socio-ecological systems. Using relational data and diagrams (maps), SNA can identify properties of social networks such as which actors are in the center of ‘the action’ and which are peripheral; groups of actors who interact more with one another than with those outside their group; and which actor groups interact and which ones don’t (i.e., social boundaries or divides). Network ‘weaving’ processes to bridge divides and increase innovation and success have also been developed. Interest in the potential for SNA to contribute to conservation has emerged in recent years, as evidenced by increasing numbers of SNA papers in conservation journals and conferences, including ICCB 2013. Yet few conservation scientists, practitioners, or students are familiar with SNA and how it might be applied in conservation. This course will provide both an overview of and hands-on learning in applied SNA for conservation. Participants will learn about the history, theory, and methods of SNA, and will practice: (1) Social network questionnaire development, (2) Network data collection, (3) Network mapping with the free visone software, (4) Social network analysis with visone and R, (5) Applied conservation SNA methods for network weaving, and (6) How to plan and execute an applied conservation social network project.
Ken Vance-Borland, Executive Director
The Conservation Planning Institute
"To protect and restore biological diversity through innovative conservation planning
that is focused on effective implementation"
Tel:(541)231-7949 Email: [log in to unmask] Skype: ken.vance.borland
CPI is an IUCN member organization

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