Title
Learning from Experiences in Adaptive Action Research: a Critical Comparison of two Case Studies Applying Participatory Scenario Development and Modelling Approaches
Description
This paper contributes to the emerging debate on participatory modelling at the core of adap- tive action research. We compare and reflect upon lessons learned from two projects in very different bio-physical and socio-economic contexts, the UK and Nicaragua, and outline a shared theoretical and methodological framework to assist researchers and local stakeholders to jointly assess, monitor and adapt to climatic and other changes. We discuss opportunities and obstacles, specifically: (1) incorporating uncertainty and surprises; (2) combining epis- temologies; (3) dealing with representativeness and power dynamics; (4) creating opportuni- ties for improving stakeholders’ agency; and (5) facilitating dialogue and negotiation by using models as heuristics. Our analysis emphasizes the importance of dealing with unavoid- able trade-offs when engaging in participatory and interdisciplinary research in complex and uncertain decision-making contexts. The participatory modelling experiences show that stake- holders’ involvement throughout the process, epistemological plurality, flexibility and sensitiv- ity to context-dependent socio-cultural processes need to be considered by researchers who wish to enhance the adaptive capacity of the communities they work with.
DOI
10.1002/eet.585
Language
English
Author
Federica Ravera
Co-author
Klaus Hubacek
Co-author
David Tarrasón
Co-author
Mark Reed
Volume number
21
Issue number
6
Is this item peer reviewed?
Yes
ISSN
1756932X
Copyright URL
http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-406241.html#OnlineOpen_Terms
Publisher
Wiley-Blackwell
Date of publication
01 November 2011
Page reference
433-453
Has non-academic co-authors?
No
Has international co-authors?
Yes
For non-academic audience?
No
Is this item a pre-print or post-print?
Post-print
Title of journal
Environmental Policy and Governance
Vancouver
Ravera Federica et al. Learning from Experiences in Adaptive Action Research: a Critical Comparison of two Case Studies Applying Participatory Scenario Development and Modelling Approaches. Environmental Policy and Governance 2011; 21 (6): 433-453.