Stakeholder engagement and knowledge exchange in environmental research

Phillipson, J. and Lowe, P. and Proctor, A. and Ruto, Eric (2012) Stakeholder engagement and knowledge exchange in environmental research. Journal of Environmental Management, 95 (1). pp. 56-65. ISSN 0301-4797

Full content URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvman.2011.10.005

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Abstract

It is commonly put forward that effective uptake of research in policy or practice must be built upon a foundation of active knowledge exchange and stakeholder engagement during the research. However, what is often lacking is a systematic appreciation of the specific practices of knowledge exchange and their relative merits. The paper reports on a 2009 survey of 21 research projects within the UK Research Councils' Rural Economy and Land Use Programme regarding the involvement and perceived impact of over a thousand stakeholders in the research. The survey reveals that most stakeholders were involved as research subjects or as event participants. Large numbers were also engaged in the research process itself, including involvement in shaping the direction of research. Stakeholder engagement is perceived as bringing significant benefits to the process of knowledge production. A close relationship is found between mechanisms and approaches to knowledge exchange and the spread of benefits for researchers and stakeholders. Mutual benefits are gained from exchange of staff or where stakeholders are members of research advisory groups. Different stakeholder sectors are also associated with different patterns of engagement, which lead to contrasting impact patterns. Any efforts to alter knowledge exchange processes and outcomes must overcome these differing engagement tendencies. Overall, much greater attention should be given to early processes of knowledge exchange and stakeholder engagement within the lifetime of research projects. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd.

Keywords:environmental management, environmental research, knowledge, land use change, perception, rural economy, socioeconomic survey, stakeholder, article, environment, health survey, human, outcome assessment, research, United Kingdom, Communication, Great Britain, Rural Population
Subjects:D Veterinary Sciences, Agriculture and related subjects > D447 Environmental Conservation
N Business and Administrative studies > N100 Business studies
L Social studies > L100 Economics
Divisions:Lincoln International Business School
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Deposited On:01 Dec 2013 15:41

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