Rainwater Harvesting and Social Networks: Visualising Interactions for Niche Governance, Resilience and Sustainability
AbstractVisualising interactions across urban water systems to explore transition and change processes requires the development of methods and models at different scales. This paper contributes a model representing the network interactions of rainwater harvesting (RWH) infrastructure innovators and other organisations in the UK RWH niche to identify how resilience and sustainability feature within niche governance in practice. The RWH network interaction model was constructed using a modified participatory social network analysis (SNA). The SNA was further analysed through the application of a two-part analytical framework based on niche management and the safe, resilient and sustainable (‘Safe and SuRe’) framework. Weak interactions between some RWH infrastructure innovators and other organisations highlighted reliance on a limited number of persuaders to influence the regime and landscape, which were underrepresented. Features from niche creation and management were exhibited by the RWH network interaction model, though some observed characteristics were not represented. Additional Safe and SuRe features were identified covering diverse innovation, responsivity, no protection, unconverged expectations, primary influencers, polycentric or adaptive governance and multiple learning-types. These features enable RWH infrastructure innovators and other organisations to reflect on improving resilience and sustainability, though further research in other sectors would be useful to verify and validate observation of the seven features. View Full-Text
Scifeed alert for new publicationsNever miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
- Get alerts for new papers matching your research
- Find out the new papers from selected authors
- Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
- Define your Scifeed now
Ward, S.; Butler, D. Rainwater Harvesting and Social Networks: Visualising Interactions for Niche Governance, Resilience and Sustainability. Water 2016, 8, 526.
Ward S, Butler D. Rainwater Harvesting and Social Networks: Visualising Interactions for Niche Governance, Resilience and Sustainability. Water. 2016; 8(11):526.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ward, Sarah; Butler, David. 2016. "Rainwater Harvesting and Social Networks: Visualising Interactions for Niche Governance, Resilience and Sustainability." Water 8, no. 11: 526.
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.