The Social Networks of Place June 26, 2014
An integral component of any architectural design that seeks to be appropriate and sustainable should be a strong connection to, not only the individuals, but the community networks that populate its locality. As part of my PhD research I used Social Network Analysis to explore the value of social connections for different identities forming community groups in Kenya. I asked community members to map their social networks and to explain the different actors which formed them, their role and how they might help them access information and resources. This combined with observations and interviews with key stakeholders gave a rich picture of the social support networks available, as well as the barriers that exist, for people on the periphery of those networks, particularly marginalised and vulnerable groups.
If you’d like to read more, here is a link to an article on my research: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/09614524.2014.867306#.U6q9NPldXUM
Here is my thesis: