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Knowledge exchange: a review and research agenda for environmental management

Fazey, Ioan; Evely, Anna C.; Reed, Mark S.; Stringer, Lindsay C.; Kruijsen, Joanneke; White, Piran C. L.; Newsham, Andrew; Jin, Lixian; Cortazzi, Martin; Phillipson, Jeremy; Blackstock, Kirsty; Entwhistle, Noel; Sheate, William; Armstrong, Fiona; Blackmore, Chris; Fazey, John; Ingram, Julie; Gregson, Jon; Lowe, Philip; Morton, Sarah and Trevitt, Chris (2013). Knowledge exchange: a review and research agenda for environmental management. Environmental Conservation, 40(1) pp. 19–36.

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There is increasing emphasis on the need for effective ways of sharing knowledge to enhance environmental management and sustainability. Knowledge exchange(KE) are processes that generate, share and/or use knowledge through various methods appropriate to the context, purpose, and participants involved. KE includes concepts such as sharing, generation, coproduction, comanagement, and brokerage of knowledge. This paper elicits the expert knowledge of academics involved in research and practice of KE from different disciplines and backgrounds to review research themes, identify gaps and questions, and develop a research agenda for furthering understanding about KE. Results include 80 research questions prefaced by a review of research themes. Key conclusions are: (1) there is a diverse range of questions relating to KE that require attention; (2)there is a particular need for research on understanding the process of KE and how KE can be evaluated; and (3) given the strong interdependency of research questions, an integrated approach to understanding KE is required. To improve understanding of KE, action research methodologies and embedding evaluation as a normal part of KE research and practice need to be encouraged. This will foster more adaptive approaches to learning about KE and enhance effectiveness of environmental management.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2012 Foundation for Environmental Conservation
ISSN: 1469-4387
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetTransforming Knowledge for Sustainable Uplands project funded through the Rural Economy and Land Use (RELU)
BESS programmeNot SetNERC (Natural Environment Research Council)
Keywords: adaptive comanagement; decision-making; environmental management; evidence-based conservation; knowledge exchange; knowledge management; knowledge transfer; participation; research impact; social learning
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) > Engineering and Innovation
Faculty of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Research Group: Innovation, Knowledge & Development research centre (IKD)
Item ID: 37482
Depositing User: Chris Blackmore
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2013 09:31
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2018 10:15
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