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Participatory crossover analysis to support discussions about investments in irrigation water sources


Nikkels, MJ and Guillaume, JHA and Leith, P and Mendham, NJ and van Oel, PR and Hellegers, PJGJ and Meinke, HB, Participatory crossover analysis to support discussions about investments in irrigation water sources, Water, 11, (7) Article 1318. ISSN 2073-4441 (2019) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2019 The Authors. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.3390/w11071318


Regional long-term water management plans depend increasingly on investments by local water users such as farmers. However, local circumstances and individual situations vary and investment decisions are made under uncertainty. Water users may therefore perceive the costs and benefits very differently, leading to non-uniform investment decisions. This variation can be explored using crossover points. A crossover point represents conditions in which a decision maker assigns equal preference to competing alternatives. This paper presents, applies, and evaluates a framework extending the use of the concept of crossover points to a participatory process in a group setting. We applied the framework in a case study in the Coal River Valley of Tasmania, Australia. Here, farmers can choose from multiple water sources. In this case, the focus on crossover points encouraged participants to engage in candid discussions exploring the personal lines of reasoning underlying their preferences. Participants learned from others' inputs, and group discussions elicited information and insights considered valuable for both the participants and for outsiders on the factors that influence preferences. We conclude that the approach has a high potential to facilitate learning in groups and to support planning.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:participatory crossover analysis, discussion support framework, personal preference, investment decisions, irrigation water, co-production, knowledge systems, water management
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Sociology
Research Field:Sociology and social studies of science and technology
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Environmental policy, legislation and standards
Objective Field:Environmental policy, legislation and standards not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Nikkels, MJ (Mr Melle Nikkels)
UTAS Author:Leith, P (Dr Peat Leith)
UTAS Author:Mendham, NJ (Dr Neville Mendham)
UTAS Author:Meinke, HB (Professor Holger Meinke)
ID Code:139318
Year Published:2019
Web of Science® Times Cited:4
Deposited By:TIA - Research Institute
Deposited On:2020-06-09
Last Modified:2020-07-24
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