The Communication of Information in Multi-Sectoral Networks: A Case Study of Tidal Power Network(s) in the Bay of Fundy Region of Atlantic Canada
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Natural resource developments, particularly those taking place in highly active, and often hotly contested, coastal areas involve a complex interplay among multiple stakeholders, sometimes with competing interests. In the Bay of Fundy region, a form of renewable energy that harnesses kinetic energy generated by tidal forces, known colloquially as “tidal power,” is being explored. Tidal turbine implementation affects multiple stakeholders, e.g., municipal, provincial, and federal government agencies; non-governmental organizations (NGOs); environmental groups; industry both domestic and foreign; universities; and community groups, including First Nations communities. The literature suggests that the development of strong communication and information-sharing networks is essential to the success of such endeavors. Using a mixed-methods approach involving participant-led mapping of communication channels, semi-structured interviews, and Social Network Analysis (SNA), this research examines with whom and to what extent stakeholder organizations are communicating information about tidal power in the Bay of Fundy region.