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Learning from doing participatory rural research: lessons from the Peak District National Park

Dougill, A. J., Fraser, E. D. G., Holden, J., Hubacek, K., Prell, C., Reed, M.S., Stagl, S. and Stringer, L.C. (2006) Learning from doing participatory rural research: lessons from the Peak District National Park. Journal of Agricultural Economics, 57 (2). pp. 259-275. ISSN 1477-9552

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Abstract

Understanding the socio-economic and environmental implications of rural change requires the active participation of many research disciplines and stakeholders. However, it remains unclear how to best integrate participatory and biophysical research to provide information useful to land managers and policy makers. This paper presents findings of a RELU scoping study that has formulated and applied a research framework based on stakeholder participation and adaptive learning to model rural change in the Peak District National Park in the north of England. The paper describes a learning process that integrates different types of knowledge to produce future scenarios that describe possible economic and environmental changes due to a national review of burning practices on heather moorland and blanket bogs. We stress the need for using social network analysis to structure stakeholder engagement and outline how a range of participatory approaches can facilitate more inclusive environmental planning and policy development.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: 2006 Blackwell Publishing.
Keywords: Adaptive learning; moorland burning; Peak District National Park; rural land use; social network analysis.
Institution: The University of Leeds, The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > School of Earth and Environment (Leeds) > Sustainability Research Institute (Leeds)
The University of Leeds > Faculty of Environment (Leeds) > School of Geography (Leeds)
The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > Department of Sociological Studies (Sheffield)
Depositing User: S.A Khan
Date Deposited: 13 Nov 2006
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:07
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1477-9552.2006.00051.x
Status: Published
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing - Published on behalf of the Agricultural Economics Society
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1111/j.1477-9552.2006.00051.x
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1607

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