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Title (Primary) Benefits and barriers of participation: experiences of applied research projects in integrated water resources management
Title (Secondary) Integrated water resources management: concept, research and implementation
Author Kirschke, S.; Horlemann, L.; Brenda, M.; Deffner, J.; Jokisch, A.; Mohajeri, S.; Onigkeit, J.;
Publisher Borchardt, D.; Bogardi, J.J.; Ibisch, R.B.;
Year 2016
Department ASAM;
Language englisch;
POF III (all) T34;
Keywords Participatory research; Participatory processes; Stakeholder involvement; Applied research; IWRM
UFZ wide themes RU2;
UFZ inventory Magdeburg, Bibliothek, 00517188, 16-0286 MA : Wa 01
Abstract The role and design of participation for the successful implementation of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) has been intensely discussed. However, in the specific context of applied IWRM research, benefits of participation and specific conditions to realize these benefits are often neglected. Such disregard is problematic when scientific driven IWRM concepts are increasingly interwoven with actual IWRM implementation. In order to discover specific benefits and challenges of conducting participation in applied research, both quantitative and qualitative interviews were carried out amongst 15 German IWRM research projects in emerging and developing countries and contrasted with hypotheses in the literature. Results show that researchers tend to agree with hypotheses in the literature, e.g. in terms of the positive role of participatory processes, its different functions and specific design principles in term of skills of researchers and frame conditions. However, researchers of the IWRM funding initiative especially highlighted challenges with regards to several prerequisites like skills of researchers to conduct participatory processes or structural conditions. For instance, hard skills are often missing, e.g. the knowledge on how to design participation processes in view of the respective research goal. Moreover, unlike practitioners, researchers are rarely trained in soft skills like intercultural competences for adjusting participatory approaches to different cultural contexts. In terms of structural conditions, the German BMBF research context shows temporal and financial restrictions. Furthermore, conditions within the target country such as political and social aspects are important and not easy to overlook if the project is based in Germany like it is the case in most of the research projects investigated.
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Persistent UFZ Identifier http://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=17361
Kirschke, S., Horlemann, L., Brenda, M., Deffner, J., Jokisch, A., Mohajeri, S., Onigkeit, J. (2016):
Benefits and barriers of participation: experiences of applied research projects in integrated water resources management
In: Borchardt, D., Bogardi, J.J., Ibisch, R.B. (eds.)
Integrated water resources management: concept, research and implementation
Springer, Basel, p. 303 - 331