UBC water research social network analysis
Social Network Analysis is an important visualizing management tool that helps us understand a University’s efforts to enable researcher collaboration. In this UBC Okanagan case study (Jatel, 2017), a survey was circulated to UBC Okanagan researchers asking them about their research collaboration. Eleven survey responses were collected. The resultant network map (Figure 1) highlights the current network characteristics among UBC Okanagan (red circles) and UBC Vancouver (blue squares) water researchers. The whole network density was low, as one would expect of an emerging research cluster, with a value of 0.007. Some interesting observations include the limited number of reported reciprocal research collaboration (3), very little research collaboration with First Nation researchers, and the two researchers (47 and 67) indicated well developed individual research networks but were otherwise disconnected from other UBC researchers. As previously noted, “any strategy must start from an analysis of the coupled human-technology-environment system and aim at an improved design of it” (Pahl-Wostl, 2002). This network benchmarking effort helps visualize the UBC water research network and can be a powerful communication tool to support institutional leadership and strategic planning. Future longitudinal network maps would help understand network changes over time and trends in research collaboration. The 2017 UBC water researcher social network map provides interesting initial insights into an emerging research cluster.