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Mapping the Dutch Energy Transition Hyperlink Network

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Integrated Research on Energy, Environment and Society, Faculty of Science and Engineering, University of Groningen, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands
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Department of Social and Developmental Psychology, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, 00185 Rome, Italy
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Research Centre for Media and Journalism Studies, University of Groningen, 9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands
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Sustainability 2020, 12(18), 7629; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12187629
Received: 19 July 2020 / Revised: 10 September 2020 / Accepted: 11 September 2020 / Published: 16 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Sustainability)
The Internet facilitates connections between a range of Dutch actors with a stake in the energy transition, including governments, environmental organizations, media outlets and corporations. These connections tease a hyperlink network affecting public access to information on energy transition issues. Despite its societal relevance, however, the characteristics of this network remain understudied. The main goals of this study are to shed some light on the topological characteristics of the Dutch energy transition hyperlink network and reveal the main topics discussed in the network. To do so, we longitudinally collected data from the interactions between key Dutch actors with a stake in the energy transition. Then, these data were analyzed by employing a mixed-method approach, social network analysis and topic modeling. The results of the social network analyses reveal the existence of a sparse network in which few private companies and associations emerge as the most authoritative actors and brokers. Furthermore, our analyses show substantial differences among the communication agendas of the organizations of the Dutch energy transition hyperlink network; while public institutions focus on global, national and local policy issues, private companies, associations and NGOs pay much more attention to employment issues. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy transition; Netherlands; World Wide Web; hyperlink network; social network analysis; topic modeling; STM energy transition; Netherlands; World Wide Web; hyperlink network; social network analysis; topic modeling; STM
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Ludovico, N.; Del Valle, M.E.; Ruzzenenti, F. Mapping the Dutch Energy Transition Hyperlink Network. Sustainability 2020, 12, 7629.

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