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Policy Sciences

, Volume 42, Issue 2, pp 163–187 | Cite as

Interdisciplinary problem solving workshops for grizzly bear conservation in Banff National Park, Canada

  • Murray B. RutherfordEmail author
  • Michael L. Gibeau
  • Susan G. Clark
  • Emily C. Chamberlain
Article

Abstract

We used the policy sciences as an organizing framework for a series of workshops with stakeholders in Banff National Park on “Interdisciplinary problem solving for grizzly bear conservation and management.” In recent years, bear conservation efforts in this region have been hindered by acrimonious disputes about the production and use of scientific knowledge in management. The workshops introduced the policy sciences as a means of thinking more effectively about problems, and encouraged participants to use this approach to develop innovative solutions to the problems of grizzly bear conservation. Each workshop addressed different aspects of the policy sciences framework: (i) Standpoint Clarification; (ii) Problem Orientation; (iii) Social Process Mapping; and (iv) Decision-Process Mapping. In this article, we discuss the design and outcomes of the workshops and assess their effectiveness in integrating knowledge to find common ground.

Keywords

Policy sciences Interdisciplinary problem solving Decision process Q method Collaborative decision making Conservation policy Wildlife management Grizzly bear 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Murray B. Rutherford
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael L. Gibeau
    • 2
  • Susan G. Clark
    • 3
  • Emily C. Chamberlain
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Resource and Environmental ManagementSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada
  2. 2.Parks Canada, Mountain National ParksLake LouiseCanada
  3. 3.School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Institution for Social and Policy StudiesYale UniversityNew HavenUSA

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