Expert engagement in participatory processes: translating stakeholder discourses into policy options

Linnerooth-Bayer, J., Scolobig, A., Ferlisi, S., Cascini, L., & Thompson, M. (2016). Expert engagement in participatory processes: translating stakeholder discourses into policy options. Natural Hazards 81 (S1) 69-88. 10.1007/s11069-015-1805-8.

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Project: Living with landslide risk in Europe: Assessment, effects of global change, and risk management strategies (SAFELAND, FP7 226479)


This paper demonstrates an innovative role for experts in supporting participatory policy processes wth an application to landslide risk management in the Italian town of Nocera Inferiore. Experts co-produce risk mitigation options based on their specilized knowledge taking account of local knowledge and values by directly coupling stakeholder discourses with option design. Drawing on the theory of plural rationality and based on a literature review, interviews and a public questionnaire, stakeholder discourses are elicited on the landslide risk problem and its solution. Armed with the discourses and in close interaction with stakeholders, experts provide a range of technical mitigation options, each within a given budget constraint. These options are subsequently deliberated in the participatory process with the intent of reaching compromise recommendations for landslide risk mitigation. As we show in an accompanying paper, "Compromise not consensus. Designing a participatory process for landslide risk mitigation", the provision of multiple co-produced policy options enhances stakeholder deliberation by respecting legitimate differences in values and worldviews.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: science-policy interface; landslide risk; usable knowledge; plural rationality; public participation; environmental management
Research Programs: Risk & Resilience (RISK)
Risk, Policy and Vulnerability (RPV)
Depositing User: IIASA Import
Date Deposited: 15 Jan 2016 08:52
Last Modified: 27 Aug 2021 17:24

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