Research - Analysing networks of networks
New research highlights the relationship between expert knowledge and social ties in local communities exposed to flood risks.
New research highlights the relationship between expert knowledge and social ties in local communities exposed to flood risks. As part of a cross-European project led by Dr. Nikita Basov, from Social Statistics at the University of Manchester, new research highlights how communities' knowledge responds to flooding and the role of multiple social networks and expert knowledge in this response.
This includes how information moves through different social networks in communities, the interface with expert knowledge and official agencies, and the dependencies between these different and overlapping sources of information.
Innovative methods developed by the research team allow for revealing how framing and language used by professionals are adapted rather than merely adopted by the public integrating professional knowledge into locally embedded practice-driven knowledge. The research opens new paths for understanding the creation, reproduction and transformation of knowledge in society, with possible applications ranging from public discourse to organizational cultures, social entrepreneurship, and many other areas. The full article is available here.