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Desert networks: A conceptual model for the impact of scarce, variable and patchy resources

McAllister, R. R. J., Holcombe, S., Davies, J., Cleary, J., Boyle, Alicia, Tremblay, Pascal, Stafford, Smith D. M., Rockstroh, D., LaFlamme, M., Young, M. and Rola-Rubzen, M. F. (2010). Desert networks: A conceptual model for the impact of scarce, variable and patchy resources. Journal of Arid Environments,75(2):164-173.

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IRMA ID 81704288xPUB233
Title Desert networks: A conceptual model for the impact of scarce, variable and patchy resources
Author McAllister, R. R. J.
Holcombe, S.
Davies, J.
Cleary, J.
Boyle, Alicia
Tremblay, Pascal
Stafford, Smith D. M.
Rockstroh, D.
LaFlamme, M.
Young, M.
Rola-Rubzen, M. F.
Journal Name Journal of Arid Environments
Publication Date 2010
Volume Number 75
Issue Number 2
ISSN 0140-1963   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-78649647039
Start Page 164
End Page 173
Total Pages 10
Place of Publication United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DIISR)
Abstract Social actors in arid regions must develop strategies to respond to available resources, which are scarce, variable, patchy and unpredictable relative to other regions. We explore our observations of relationships amongst people and organisations in Australian deserts using a stylised network model of the structure of social networks in arid systems. Results suggest that temporal resource variability drives increased network density, but with fewer strong ties; sparse populations drive a relatively higher proportion of strong ties, and that networks develop a hub configuration as resource endowments become more patchy spatially. These ideas highlight some issues that warrant improved understanding by actors seeking to enhance livelihoods and local resilience in these extreme environments.
Keywords arid
institutions
norms
rangelands
social networks
weak ties
wiry ties
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaridenv.2010.09.009   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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