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Modelling with stakeholders - Next generation

January 1, 2016

This paper updates and builds on ‘Modelling with Stakeholders’ Voinov and Bousquet, 2010 which demonstrated the importance of, and demand for, stakeholder participation in resource and environmental modelling. This position paper returns to the concepts of that publication and reviews the progress made since 2010. A new development is the wide introduction and acceptance of social media and web applications, which dramatically changes the context and scale of stakeholder interactions and participation. Technology advances make it easier to incorporate information in interactive formats via visualization and games to augment participatory experiences. Citizens as stakeholders are increasingly demanding to be engaged in planning decisions that affect them and their communities, at scales from local to global. How people interact with and access models and data is rapidly evolving. In turn, this requires changes in how models are built, packaged, and disseminated: citizens are less in awe of experts and external authorities, and they are increasingly aware of their own capabilities to provide inputs to planning processes, including models. The continued acceleration of environmental degradation and natural resource depletion accompanies these societal changes, even as there is a growing acceptance of the need to transition to alternative, possibly very different, life styles. Substantive transitions cannot occur without significant changes in human behaviour and perceptions. The important and diverse roles that models can play in guiding human behaviour, and in disseminating and increasing societal knowledge, are a feature of stakeholder processes today.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2016
Title Modelling with stakeholders - Next generation
DOI 10.1016/j.envsoft.2015.11.016
Authors Alexey Voinov, Nagesh Kolagani, Michael K McCall, Pierre D. Glynn, Marit E Kragt, Frank O Ostermann, Suzanne A Pierce, Palaniappan Ramu
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Environmental Modelling and Software
Series Number
Index ID 70187144
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Research Program - Eastern Branch