Catalysts for change: the emerging role of participatory research in land management

Catalysts for change: the emerging role of participatory research in land management Land management is a complex process which involves the interaction of biophysical and social variables. New demands are being placed on biophysical researchers working in land management to communicate more effectively with the public and to involve the public in the research process. The catalysts for change in the practice of land management research are clearly outlined with respect to pressures from new government policies, from institutions funding research, from communities in which the research is occurring and from within the academic environment itself. In order to meet these new demands, collaborative efforts – incorporating different academic disciplines and between researchers and communities – must occur. Traditional scientific approaches can benefit from the incorporation of techniques and approaches used within participatory research. The concept of participation and its relevance to biophysical research in land management is discussed, as well as the key characteristics of participatory research. Examples, predominantly from Australia, are provided; however the global scope of the changes is highlighted. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Environmentalist Springer Journals

Catalysts for change: the emerging role of participatory research in land management

The Environmentalist, Volume 17 (2) – Oct 15, 2004

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Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 1997 by Chapman and Hall
Subject
Environment; Economic Geology; Ecology; Environmental Management; Nature Conservation
ISSN
2194-5403
eISSN
1573-2991
D.O.I.
10.1023/A:1018591714764
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Abstract

Land management is a complex process which involves the interaction of biophysical and social variables. New demands are being placed on biophysical researchers working in land management to communicate more effectively with the public and to involve the public in the research process. The catalysts for change in the practice of land management research are clearly outlined with respect to pressures from new government policies, from institutions funding research, from communities in which the research is occurring and from within the academic environment itself. In order to meet these new demands, collaborative efforts – incorporating different academic disciplines and between researchers and communities – must occur. Traditional scientific approaches can benefit from the incorporation of techniques and approaches used within participatory research. The concept of participation and its relevance to biophysical research in land management is discussed, as well as the key characteristics of participatory research. Examples, predominantly from Australia, are provided; however the global scope of the changes is highlighted.

Journal

The EnvironmentalistSpringer Journals

Published: Oct 15, 2004

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