Journal article

What do you mean by values? Integration of social with biophysical knowledge in the development of a landscape decision support system

Rebecca M Ford, Andrea Rawluk, Kathryn JH Williams

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & POLICY | ELSEVIER SCI LTD | Published : 2021

Abstract

Environmental decision-making is recognised as requiring integration of biophysical and social knowledge, but integration of knowledges based in different epistemic assumptions is challenging. We used an action research approach to observe integration in the development of a landscape decision support system (DSS) for forest and fire management in Victoria, Australia. We found two different knowledge integration processes, conceptually-driven to shape the structure of the DSS and technically-driven through modelling. Project framing dominated by biophysical sciences and technically-driven integration presented a barrier to many potential social science contributions that could connect a DSS ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This work was supported by the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Australia [Project name: Incorporating values in bushfire risk decision-making: Further development of tools and strategies] . We appreciate the contributions made by our colleagues in the School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences and by two anonymous reviewers, all of which helped us to reflect more deeply about integration.