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Understanding stakeholder participation as part of sustainable development

Bell, Simon; Morse, Stephen and Shah, Rupesh (2012). Understanding stakeholder participation as part of sustainable development. Journal of Environmental Management, 101(1) pp. 13–22.

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Abstract

Participation is often presented as a ‘good’ thing and a fairer way to represent views and opinions outside narrow confines of interest and expertise. However, the roots of participatory approaches within research contexts are deep and numerous twists and turns demonstrate a confused and possibly confusing morphology with significant gaps and weaknesses.

In this paper via the medium of the POINT (Policy Influence of Indicators) research project we trace elements of the recent history of group participation in sustainable development and the emergence of focus on four areas, most significantly how participatory methods are used. In the absence of strong evidence to contrary we suggest that the issue of how participants engage in participation remains a significant weakness for the field. In order to counter the apparent gap we suggest that a certain degree of structure and process can provide the oeuvre of participatory approaches with a higher degree of transparency in the research process and, by focus on the use of a method called Triple Task, group participatory events can be encouraged to yield greater insights into the workings of groups of all kinds.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN: 0301-4797
Keywords: participatory methods; Triple Task method; action research
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Other Departments > Human Resources
Item ID: 32558
Depositing User: Simon Bell
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2012 09:05
Last Modified: 29 Jul 2014 21:59
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/32558
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