Mapping the Dutch Energy Transition Hyperlink Network

Nuccio Ludovico*, Marc Esteve Del Valle, Franco Ruzzenenti

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    Abstract

    The Internet facilitates connections between a range of Dutch actors with a stake in the energy transition, including governments, environmental organizations, media outlets and corporations. These connections tease a hyperlink network affecting public access to information on energy transition issues. Despite its societal relevance, however, the characteristics of this network remain understudied. The main goals of this study are to shed some light on the topological characteristics of the Dutch energy transition hyperlink network and reveal the main topics discussed in the network. To do so, we longitudinally collected data from the interactions between key Dutch actors with a stake in the energy transition. Then, these data were analyzed by employing a mixed-method approach, social network analysis and topic modeling. The results of the social network analyses reveal the existence of a sparse network in which few private companies and associations emerge as the most authoritative actors and brokers. Furthermore, our analyses show substantial differences among the communication agendas of the organizations of the Dutch energy transition hyperlink network; while public institutions focus on global, national and local policy issues, private companies, associations and NGOs pay much more attention to employment issues.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number7629
    Number of pages25
    JournalSustainability
    Volume12
    Issue number18
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 16-Sep-2020

    Keywords

    • Energy Transition
    • The Netherlands
    • World Wide Web
    • Hyperlink Network
    • Social Network Analysis

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