Purpose, processes, partnerships, and products: Four Ps to advance participatory socio-environmental modeling

Gray Steven, Voinov Alexey, Paolisso Michael, Jordan Rebecca, BenDor Todd, Bommel Pierre, Glynn Pierre, Hedelin Béatrice, Hubacek Klaus, Introne Josh, Kolagani Nagesh, Laursen Bethany, Prell Christina, Schmitt Olabisi Laura, Singer Alison, Sterling Eleanor, Zellner Moira. 2018. Purpose, processes, partnerships, and products: Four Ps to advance participatory socio-environmental modeling. Ecological Applications, 28 (1) : pp. 46-61.

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Quartile : Q1, Sujet : ECOLOGY / Quartile : Q1, Sujet : ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES

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Thème(s) HCERES des revues (en SHS) : Economie-gestion

Abstract : Including stakeholders in environmental model building and analysis is an increasingly popular approach to understanding ecological change. This is because stakeholders often hold valuable knowledge about socio-environmental dynamics and collaborative forms of modeling produce important boundary objects used to collectively reason about environmental problems. Although the number of participatory modeling (PM) case studies and the number of researchers adopting these approaches has grown in recent years, the lack of standardized reporting and limited reproducibility have prevented PM's establishment and advancement as a cohesive field of study. We suggest a four-dimensional framework (4P) that includes reporting on dimensions of (1) the Purpose for selecting a PM approach (the why); (2) the Process by which the public was involved in model building or evaluation (the how); (3) the Partnerships formed (the who); and (4) the Products that resulted from these efforts (the what). We highlight four case studies that use common PM software-based approaches (fuzzy cognitive mapping, agent-based modeling, system dynamics, and participatory geospatial modeling) to understand human–environment interactions and the consequences of ecological changes, including bushmeat hunting in Tanzania and Cameroon, agricultural production and deforestation in Zambia, and groundwater management in India. We demonstrate how standardizing communication about PM case studies can lead to innovation and new insights about model-based reasoning in support of ecological policy development. We suggest that our 4P framework and reporting approach provides a way for new hypotheses to be identified and tested in the growing field of PM. (Résumé d'auteur)

Mots-clés Agrovoc : agroécologie, gestion des ressources naturelles, Politique de l'environnement, Environnement, approches participatives, cooperation public-privé, viande de brousse, Déboisement, Conservation de l'eau, Système d'information géographique

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : République-Unie de Tanzanie, Cameroun, Zambie, Inde

Mots-clés libres : Agent-based modeling, Collaborative modeling, Fuzzy cognitive mapping, Learning, Participatory GIS, Participatory modeling, Public participation, Stakeholder collaboration, System dynamics

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
K01 - Forestry - General aspects
P10 - Water resources and management
E50 - Rural sociology

Champ stratégique Cirad : Axe 6 (2014-2018) - Sociétés, natures et territoires

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Gray Steven, MSU (USA) - auteur correspondant
  • Voinov Alexey, University of Sydney (AUS)
  • Paolisso Michael, University of Maryland (USA)
  • Jordan Rebecca, Rutgers University (USA)
  • BenDor Todd, North Carolina State University (USA)
  • Bommel Pierre, CIRAD-ES-UPR GREEN (CRI) ORCID: 0000-0002-7776-9075
  • Glynn Pierre, UCR (CRI)
  • Hedelin Béatrice, Karlstad University (SWE)
  • Hubacek Klaus, University of Maryland (USA)
  • Introne Josh, MSU (USA)
  • Kolagani Nagesh, Indian Institute of Technology (IND)
  • Laursen Bethany, MSU (USA)
  • Prell Christina, University of Maryland (USA)
  • Schmitt Olabisi Laura, MSU (USA)
  • Singer Alison, MSU (USA)
  • Sterling Eleanor, AMNH (USA)
  • Zellner Moira, University of Illinois (USA)

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