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Environmental Modeling with Stakeholders

Theory, Methods, and Applications

  • Steven Gray
  • Michael Paolisso
  • Rebecca Jordan
  • Stefan Gray

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. The Process of Environmental Modeling with Stakeholders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Seth P. Tuler, Kirstin Dow, Thomas Webler, Jessica Whitehead
      Pages 25-45
    3. Alexey Voinov, Erica Brown Gaddis
      Pages 47-63
    4. K. F. Robinson, A. K. Fuller
      Pages 83-101
    5. Amy K. Wolfe, Virginia H. Dale, Taryn Arthur, Latha Baskaran
      Pages 103-124
  3. The Application and Products of Environmental Modeling with Stakeholders

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. M. van Vliet, M. Flörke, C. Varela-Ortega, E. H. Çakmak, R. Khadra, P. Esteve et al.
      Pages 145-169
    3. Alexandra S. Penn, Christopher J. K. Knight, Georgios Chalkias, Anne P. M. Velenturf, David J. B. Lloyd
      Pages 171-188
    4. Thomas Webler, Esperanza Stancioff, Rob Goble, Jessica Whitehead
      Pages 267-287
    5. Allison M. Inouye, Denise H. Lach, John R. Stevenson, John P. Bolte, Jennifer Koch
      Pages 289-306
    6. Purwono Budi Santoso, Anthony Halog
      Pages 307-325

About this book


This volume brings together, in a central text, chapters written by leading scholars working at the intersection of modeling, the natural and social sciences, and public participation. This book presents the current state of knowledge regarding the theory and practice of engaging stakeholders in environmental modeling for decision-making, and includes basic theoretical considerations, an overview of methods and tools available, and case study examples of these principles and methods in practice. Although there has been a significant increase in research and development regarding participatory modeling, a unifying text that provides an overview of the different methodologies available to scholars and a systematic review of case study applications has been largely unavailable. This edited volume seeks to address a gap in the literature and provide a primer that addresses the growing demand to adopt and apply a range of modeling methods that includes the public in environmental assessment and management.

The book is divided into two main sections. The first part of the book covers basic considerations for including stakeholders in the modeling process and its intersection with the theory and practice of public participation in environmental decision-making. The second part of the book is devoted to specific applications and products of the various methods available through case study examination. This second part of the book also provides insight from several international experts currently working in the field about their approaches, types of interactions with stakeholders, models produced, and the challenges they perceived based on their practical experiences.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Steven Gray
    • 1
  • Michael Paolisso
    • 2
  • Rebecca Jordan
    • 3
  • Stefan Gray
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Community SustainabilityMichigan State UniversityEast LansingUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of MarylandCollege ParkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Human EcologyRutgers UniversityNew BrunswickUSA
  4. 4.Parliamentary Commissioner for the EnvironmentWellingtonNew Zealand

About the editors

Steven Gray is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Sustainability at Michigan State University. His research focuses on the theory and practice of participatory modeling and developing decision-support software to help communities, resource managers, and other decision-makers to understand the social impacts of environmental change through modeling.

Michael Paolisso is a Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland whose research seeks to demonstrate how cultural models of the environment have a direct bearing on the use and management of natural resources, and how cognitive-cultural approaches and collaborative learning improve scientist and public understanding, dialogue, and collaboration in addressing environmental issues.

Rebecca Jordan is a Professor in the Department of Human Ecology at Rutgers University. Trained as a behavioral ecologist her scholarly work focusses on public participation in scientific research and the contribution of learning to the sustainability of coupled social-ecological systems.

Stefan Gray currently works as an adviser to the Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment in Wellington, New Zealand. At the time of the production of this book, Stefan held a Research Fellowship funded by the Irish Environmental Protection Agency, supporting climate change adaptation at central and local government levels in Ireland. His research in Europe focused on issues related to expanding decision-making in environmental management to incorporate complex adaptive systems theory.

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