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Taking participatory in participatory modelling seriously

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • Over the last three decades participatory research processes have informed much international

    development and conservation work in developing countries. Public participation is also a growing

    legislative requirement in natural resource and environmental management in developed countries. So

    far, multiple participatory approaches have been formulated and applied in different contexts, including

    so-called participatory modelling methods. The latter have developed alongside a growing unease and

    fundamental critique of the participatory approaches and their theoretical underpinnings. One of the

    central themes running through the critique is the naïveté with which complexities of power relations

    are assumed to be understood and addressed in participatory approaches. The critique also highlights

    the danger that participatory approaches become legitimising instruments that simply maintain and

    reinforce existing power relations. In this paper we engage with the critical literature in the hope of

    drawing lessons and requirements for participatory modelling. We also empirically evaluate

    participatory modelling case studies with regard to the fundamental critique. While we do not agree

    with some demands from the critique that imply abandoning the whole participatory enterprise, we

    suggest that claims to participatory modelling be taken seriously and that each claim be accompanied

    by critical reflection. Based on a review of the literature we suggest initial set of questions towards

    developing a framework for critical reflection.

Authors


  •   Maru, Y T. (external author)
  •   Alexandridis, K (external author)
  •   Perez, Pascal

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Maru, Y. T., Alexandridis, K. & Perez, P. (2009). Taking participatory in participatory modelling seriously. In R. S. Anderssen, R. D. Braddock & L. TH. Newham (Eds.), 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (pp. 3011-3017). Australia: IMACS.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-80052995194

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smartpapers/48

Start Page


  • 3011

End Page


  • 3017

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.mssanz.org.au/modsim09/

Abstract


  • Over the last three decades participatory research processes have informed much international

    development and conservation work in developing countries. Public participation is also a growing

    legislative requirement in natural resource and environmental management in developed countries. So

    far, multiple participatory approaches have been formulated and applied in different contexts, including

    so-called participatory modelling methods. The latter have developed alongside a growing unease and

    fundamental critique of the participatory approaches and their theoretical underpinnings. One of the

    central themes running through the critique is the naïveté with which complexities of power relations

    are assumed to be understood and addressed in participatory approaches. The critique also highlights

    the danger that participatory approaches become legitimising instruments that simply maintain and

    reinforce existing power relations. In this paper we engage with the critical literature in the hope of

    drawing lessons and requirements for participatory modelling. We also empirically evaluate

    participatory modelling case studies with regard to the fundamental critique. While we do not agree

    with some demands from the critique that imply abandoning the whole participatory enterprise, we

    suggest that claims to participatory modelling be taken seriously and that each claim be accompanied

    by critical reflection. Based on a review of the literature we suggest initial set of questions towards

    developing a framework for critical reflection.

Authors


  •   Maru, Y T. (external author)
  •   Alexandridis, K (external author)
  •   Perez, Pascal

Publication Date


  • 2009

Citation


  • Maru, Y. T., Alexandridis, K. & Perez, P. (2009). Taking participatory in participatory modelling seriously. In R. S. Anderssen, R. D. Braddock & L. TH. Newham (Eds.), 18th World IMACS Congress and MODSIM09 International Congress on Modelling and Simulation (pp. 3011-3017). Australia: IMACS.

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-80052995194

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/smartpapers/48

Start Page


  • 3011

End Page


  • 3017

Place Of Publication


  • http://www.mssanz.org.au/modsim09/