Journal article

Applying social research: How research knowledge is shaped and changed for use in a bushfire management organisation

Andrea Rawluk, Rebecca M Ford, Laura Little, Sanchia Draper, Kathryn JH Williams

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2020

Abstract

Experience in applying research suggests that new knowledge requires development and change before it can be applied in everyday settings, but there has been little examination of how this occurs. Through two case studies of new knowledge about social values being developed for a bushfire agency in Victoria, Australia, we follow how pre-existing social research findings about “valued attributes” are shaped and changed as they were applied in two different organisational activities of planning guidance and community engagement. We form a conceptual framework of reduction and amplification, stretching, re-articulation, and crystallisation to observe how the social research findings were drawn ..

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