Towards an improved understanding of knowledge dynamics in integrated coastal zone management : a knowledge systems framework

Coffey, Brian and O'Toole, Kevin 2012, Towards an improved understanding of knowledge dynamics in integrated coastal zone management : a knowledge systems framework, Conservation and society, vol. 10, no. 4, pp. 318-329.

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Title Towards an improved understanding of knowledge dynamics in integrated coastal zone management : a knowledge systems framework
Author(s) Coffey, Brian
O'Toole, Kevin
Journal name Conservation and society
Volume number 10
Issue number 4
Start page 318
End page 329
Total pages 12
Publisher Medknow Publications and Media
Place of publication Mumbai, India
Publication date 2012
ISSN 0972-4923
0975-3133
Keyword(s) knowledge systems
integrated coastal zone management
stakeholder analysis
social network analysis
institutions
discourse analysis
Summary Integrated coastal zone management (ICZM) is a complex undertaking that draws on a range of biophysical and social science disciplines, and involves a wide range of stakeholders operating through multiple processes, and crossing various levels  Conceptually, this means that ICZM represents a significant challenge in terms of improving the way in which different disciplinary ‘knowledges’ and different forms of knowledge (scientific, managerial, lay, and indigenous) inform decision making. Depending upon the circumstances, ICZM may be constrained by different knowledge deficits, including: uncertainty; science - policy gaps; and the ‘filtering’ of particular forms of knowledge relative to others. As a means for making sense of these knowledge dynamics, this paper considers the concept of knowledge systems and its potential for improving understanding of coastal management processes. The potential insights that can be gained from four analytical approaches (stakeholder, institutional, network, and discourse analysis) are then discussed, and used to develop an analytical framework for investigating coastal knowledge dynamics, which is based upon a generic coastal knowledge system and associated research questions. Finally, the utility of this framework is illustrated using a case study that examines the knowledge dynamics associated with debates about the establishment of marine protected areas in Victoria, Australia.
Notes Reproduced with the kind permission of the copyright owner
Language eng
Field of Research 160510 Public Policy
160507 Environment Policy
Socio Economic Objective 960799 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Coffey and O’Toole
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