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An interview methodology for exploring the values that community leaders assign to multiple-use landscapes


Hatton MacDonald, D and Bark, R and McRae, A and Kalivas, T and Grandgirard, A and Strathearn, S, An interview methodology for exploring the values that community leaders assign to multiple-use landscapes, Ecology and Society, 18, (1) Article 29. ISSN 1708-3087 (2013) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.5751/ES-05191-180129


We report on a grounded theory research methodology to elicit the values that underpin community leaders’ advice on regional natural resource management. In-depth, semi-structured in-person interviews of 56 community leaders permitted respondents to explore their values and to elucidate some trade-offs. Furthermore, analysis of the coded transcripts provides evidence of the anthropocentric nature of values, and the importance of people, communities, and physical infrastructure. As well, the relative silence by community NRM leaders on supporting and regulating ecosystem services may reveal a lack of understanding of these functions rather than a discord in values. The tested methodology provides one approach to understanding the values of important advisory groups that are increasingly being required to guide regional agencies that implement natural resource management policy. Results indicate that, in practice, the values expressed may at times be confrontingly anthropocentric, although those interviewed also expressed existence values. Greater understanding of values is a prerequisite to the design of improved natural resource management.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Australia; community leaders; ecosystem services; grounded theory; natural resource management; values
Research Division:Economics
Research Group:Applied economics
Research Field:Environment and resource economics
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental protection frameworks (incl. economic incentives)
UTAS Author:Hatton MacDonald, D (Professor Darla Hatton MacDonald)
ID Code:103160
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:21
Deposited By:TSBE
Deposited On:2015-09-23
Last Modified:2017-11-23
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