Knowledge exchange: a review and research agenda for environmental management

Fazey, Ioan and Evely, Anna C and Reed, Mark S and Stringer, Lindsay C and Kruijsen, Joanneke and White, Piran C L and Newsham, Andrew and Jin, Lixian and Cortazzi, Martin and Phillipson, Jeremy and Blackstock, Kirsty and Entwistle, Noel and Sheate, William and Armstrong, Fiona and Blackmore, Chris and Fazey, John and Ingram, Julie and Gregson, Jon and Lowe, Philip and Morton, Sarah and Trevitt, Chris (2013) Knowledge exchange: a review and research agenda for environmental management. Environmental Conservation, 40 (01). pp. 19-36. ISSN 0376-8929

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Abstract

There is increasing emphasis on the need for effective ways of sharing knowledge to enhance environmental management and sustainability. Knowledge exchange (KE) are processes that generate, share and/or use knowledge through various methods appropriate to the context, purpose, and participants involved. KE includes concepts such as sharing, generation, coproduction, comanagement, and brokerage of knowledge. This paper elicits the expert knowledge of academics involved in research and practice of KE from different disciplines and backgrounds to review research themes, identify gaps and questions, and develop a research agenda for furthering understanding about KE. Results include 80 research questions prefaced by a review of research themes. Key conclusions are: (1) there is a diverse range of questions relating to KE that require attention; (2) there is a particular need for research on understanding the process of KE and how KE can be evaluated; and (3) given the strong interdependency of research questions, an integrated approach to understanding KE is required. To improve understanding of KE, action research methodologies and embedding evaluation as a normal part of KE research and practice need to be encouraged. This will foster more adaptive approaches to learning about KE and enhance effectiveness of environmental management.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Adaptive comanagement, Decision-making, Environmental management, Evidence-based conservation, Knowledge exchange, Knowledge management, Knowledge transfer, Participation, Research impact, Social learning
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Faculty of Business, Computing and Applied Sciences > Countryside and Community Research Institute
Research Priority Areas: Environmental Dynamics & Governance
Depositing User: Debi Jones-Davis
Date Deposited: 04 Apr 2014 09:49
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2014 14:21
URI: http://eprints.glos.ac.uk/id/eprint/429

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