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Sustainability 2017, 9(9), 1551; doi:10.3390/su9091551

Communication Networks and Performance of Four New Delhi City Parks

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Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment (ATREE), Royal Enclave, Jakkur Post, Srirampura, Bangalore 560064, India
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Manipal University, Manipal 576104, India
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School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, Delhi 110067, India
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Danube Research Institute, MTA Centre for Ecological Research, Karolina út 29, 1113 Budapest, Hungary
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School of Development, Azim Premji University, Pixel B, PESIT Campus, Electronics City, Hosur Road, Bangalore 560100, India
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Received: 26 June 2017 / Revised: 19 August 2017 / Accepted: 27 August 2017 / Published: 31 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainability in an Urbanizing World: The Role of People)
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Urban green spaces are very important for human wellbeing and environmental sustainability. The efficiency of managing urban green spaces often depends on communication and integration of information. We performed a social network analysis survey for assessing the communication structure among the staff in four New Delhi city parks. We were interested in the relationship between three topological properties of the social networks (centre of gravity, MaxS, compactness) and three network-independent attributes of their performance (average satisfaction, visitor’s median expected improvements, number of species identified). The presence of a dynamic leader, improved communication and flow of information down the hierarchical chain and lastly, maximization of interaction and strengthening of relationships of the co-workers are three network properties that emerge as very important for a well-performing park. Through this study, we demonstrate the ability of social network analysis to provide simple, yet powerful, insights that can assist in improving the management of urban green spaces. View Full-Text
Keywords: social network; parks; conservation management; India social network; parks; conservation management; India
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Paul, S.; Jordán, F.; Nagendra, H. Communication Networks and Performance of Four New Delhi City Parks. Sustainability 2017, 9, 1551.

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