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How knowledge is used in collaborative environmental governance: water classification in New Brunswick, Canada
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Stockholm Resilience Centre. University of Waterloo, Canada; Brock University, Canada.
2015 (English)In: Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, ISSN 0964-0568, E-ISSN 1360-0559, Vol. 58, no 3, 423-444 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Collaboration is an increasingly important approach to dealing with complex environmental challenges. Participation of diverse actors in collaborative processes necessitates attention to the use of different forms of knowledge. We use a multi-case study of governance for water in New Brunswick, Canada, to explore knowledge-related concerns that are prominent in collaborative processes. As is common in other contexts, local or lay (experiential) forms of knowledge appeared to play complementary but ultimately subordinate roles to expert technical and scientific knowledge in the cases. Importantly, we found that the distinction between 'expert' and 'local' knowledge was not at all clear for the many participants. This study reinforces the importance of designing reflexive and flexible processes for encouraging the active engagement and use of knowledge in collaboration.

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2015. Vol. 58, no 3, 423-444 p.
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collaborative environmental governance, lay knowledge, knowledge use, expert knowledge, local knowledge, watershed management, New Brunswick, Canada
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Earth and Related Environmental Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-114223DOI: 10.1080/09640568.2013.860017ISI: 000348505700003OAI: diva2:796414


Available from: 2015-03-19 Created: 2015-02-25 Last updated: 2015-03-19Bibliographically approved

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