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Project ID: 17-1-06-14

Year: 2017

Date Started: 09/01/2017

Ending Date:  08/30/2020

Title: Effective Network Governance for Co-Management: The Role of Cognitive Alignment in Risk Perception and Value Orientation toward Collaboration

Project Proposal Abstract: Co-management of fire risk is both a process and an outcome of negotiation and decision making. Network governance refers to the forums and institutionalized practices within which co-management occurs. Understanding effective network governance and the social-psychological mechanisms through which governance influences co-management outcomes is therefore critical to advancing the science. Ineffective co-management manifests in conflict and problematic communication and coordination among the variety of stakeholders during an incident, hindering the effectiveness of the incident response network. The proposed project draws from social cognition and network science to address the following research question: How do network governance tools, cognitive alignment in risk perception, and value orientations relate to more or less effective co-management? Specifically, this mixed methods study will focus on accomplishing two objectives: 1) Identify network governance practices, cognitive structures, and value orientations both before and during a fire that facilitate dialogue and promote a common operating picture inclusive and appreciative of differing management interests and priorities; and 2) Quantitatively test a model of co-management which hypothesizes network governance tools, cognitive structures, and value orientations as mechanisms of influence on effective co-management. We propose the following hypotheses at the individual stakeholder and incident level to address three of the four task statements: Incident Level: H1: Misalignment across stakeholders in cognitive structures (risk perception) will be negatively related to co-management outcomes (JFS Research Need 1). H2: Ineffective network governance will be negatively related to co-management outcomes (JFS Research Need 1). Individual Stakeholder Level: H3: Stakeholder participation in network governance activities before and during the fire will be positively related to cognitive alignment with other stakeholders in risk perception as well as a positive value orientation toward collaborative management (JFS Research Needs 2 & 3). H4: Stakeholder participation in network governance, cognitive alignment with other stakeholders in risk perception, and a value orientation toward collaborative management will be positively related to satisfaction with co-management outcomes (JFS Research Needs 2 & 3).

Principal Investigator: Branda L. Nowell

Agency/Organization: North Carolina State University-Raleigh

Branch or Dept: School of Public & International Affairs


Other Project Collaborators

Type

Name

Agency/Organization

Branch or Dept

Agreements Contact

Sherrie E Settle

North Carolina State University-Raleigh

Research Administration

Budget Contact

Melissa G. Seate

North Carolina State University-Raleigh

Research Administration

Co-Principal Investigator

Toddi A. Steelman

North Carolina State University-Raleigh

Department of Forestry & Environmental Resources


Project Locations

Fire Science Exchange Network

Appalachian

California

Great Basin

Northern Rockies

Northwest

South

Southern Rockies

Southwest


Level

State

Agency

Unit

NATIONAL

N/A


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