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DPSIR = A problem structuring method? An exploration from the “Imagine” approach

Bell, Simon (2012). DPSIR = A problem structuring method? An exploration from the “Imagine” approach. European Journal of Operational Research, 222(2) pp. 350–360.

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Abstract

The Drivers, Pressures, State, Impact and Response or DPSIR framework has been with us for over a decade now and it is widely used as a means to assess and measure and, eventually provide a guide to managing the environment. With its repertoire of diagnostic and analytical components the DPSIR can be argued to be a Problem Structuring Method or PSM. Criticisms of the framework abound but it has a resilience which is noteworthy. Some argue that DPSIR, by its nature, is a narrowly formulated, engineering device, incompatible with the multiple perspectives which human interaction in global ecology requires. Is there a value in DPSIR being more flexible in expression and experience of users? In this article it is shown how the DPSIR framework was applied within a multi-methodology approach called Imagine in a number of coastal management projects around the Mediterranean and in other contexts. The article argues that DPSIR, whilst admittedly limited in its scope and approach can, if applied in a participatory and systemic multi-methodology, combine with other tools and help to create outcomes of value to local populations.

Item Type: Journal Article
Copyright Holders: 2012 Elsevier B.V.
ISSN: 0377-2217
Keywords: DPSIR; PSM (Problem Structuring Method); Imagine; coastal sustainability
Academic Unit/Department: Mathematics, Computing and Technology > Engineering & Innovation
Item ID: 33872
Depositing User: Simon Bell
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2012 13:27
Last Modified: 25 Dec 2013 14:54
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/33872
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