Effects of Trust, Public Engagement, Conflict, and Social Networks on Satisfaction with Ecological Restoration

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Abstract

River restoration is one of the most common, expensive, and environmentally influential forms of restoration, but has little post-restoration assessment of social success. In this study, we use social network theory and analysis (SNA), an emerging approach for understanding social dynamics in restoration projects, to examine the social connections, perceptions of project success, and attitudes of stakeholders involved in a river restoration project. We find that positive and negative social network ties have asymmetrical effects on stakeholders’ attitudes and satisfaction with project outcomes. Trust ties positively influence perceptions of public engagement, while avoidance ties negatively influence satisfaction. Trust in leaders positively influences satisfaction and both public engagement and perceived conflict influence the development of that trust. We contribute to the growing body of research using SNA in natural resource contexts through quantitative tests of social networks’ effects on stakeholder satisfaction with project outcomes.

Original languageEnglish
JournalSociety and Natural Resources
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 20 2024

Keywords

  • conflict
  • ecological restoration
  • social networks
  • stakeholder engagement
  • trust

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