Joint Fact-Finding in Urban Planning and Environmental Disputes (The Earthscan Science in Society Series)

Joint Fact-Finding in Urban Planning and Environmental Disputes (The Earthscan Science in Society Series)

By: Todd Schenk (editor), Masahiro Matsuura (editor)Paperback

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The days of rationalist scientific management and deference to official data are behind us. The credibility of experts and the information they provide are regularly challenged; officials are routinely provided with conflicting sets of 'facts' as they plan and make decisions; and decision-makers and stakeholders alike are largely sceptical that technical information will adequately account for the various interests and concerns and lead to the right outcomes. Uncertainly around issues like climate change only complicates matters further, as scientists and technicians must increasingly acknowledge the uncertainty and potential fallibility of their findings. This book examines how groups looking to plan and make decisions in any number of areas wade through the imperfect and often contradictory information they have to make fair, efficient, wise and well-informed choices. An emerging and very promising approach called joint fact-finding (JFF) can help. Rather than each stakeholder group marshalling the set of facts that best advance their respective interests and perspectives while discrediting the contradictory facts others provide, groups are challenged to collaboratively generate a shared set of facts that all parties accept. This book will introduce readers to the theory of JFF, the value it can provide, and how they can adopt this approach in practice. It will bring together writings from leading practitioners and scholars from around the world that are at the forefront of JFF approach to science intensive policy making, urban planning, and environmental dispute resolution. It will comprise of two parts: First, a set of chapters that outline the concept and practice of JFF; and second, a set of case-based chapters that elucidate how JFF is being applied in practice. This book delivers a new perspective to scholars in the field of public policy, urban planning, environmental studies, and science and technology studies, as well as public officials, technical experts, policy consultants, and professional facilitators.

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Masahiro Matsuura is a Professor at the Graduate School of Governance Studies, Meiji University, Japan. He is also the head of Democracy Design Lab., a not-for-profit organization for promoting democratic engagements in Japan, and one of the co-founders of Consensus Building in Asia, a network of practitioners and scholars interested in collaborative processes in Asia. He received his doctoral degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a focus on urban studies and public policy in 2006. His publications include Jissen-Kosho Gaku ("Practical negotiation theory" in Japanese: Chikuma Publishing), Localizing Public Dispute Resolution in Japan (VDM-Verlag), and Using Assisted Negotiation to Settle Land Use Disputes (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, co-authored with Larry Susskind and Ole Amundsen). His research interests include the theory and practice of consensus building, negotiation, and deliberative democracy in the urban and environmental planning sectors particularly in the Asian context. Todd Schenk is an Assistant Professor in the Urban Affairs and Planning Program of the School of Public and International Affairs at Virginia Tech, USA. He holds both a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Planning and a Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a B.A. from the University of Guelph. Todd has extensive research and consulting experience working on environmental policy and planning and collaborative governance issues in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. His current work focuses on the adaptation of infrastructure to climate change, and community involvement in public sector decision-making. He is particularly focused on tools for collaboratively managing uncertainty and making decisions in situations with high degrees of complexity, dynamic conditions, and institutional ambiguity. Todd regularly employs serious games as a means to engage stakeholders in action research.


Foreword , Introduction Theory and Practice of Joint Fact-Finding 1. Joint Fact-Finding and Collaborative Adaptive Management 2. Humble Inquiry: The Practice of "Joint Fact Finding" 3. Role of Science in Environmental Dispute Resolution 4. Science and Policy: Better Decisions through Join Fact-Finding and Collaboration 5. Implications of JFF to Science-Policy Interface 6. Emerging Practice for Adaptive Governance 7. Energy Policy Cases 8. Nuclear Power Joint Fact-Finding 9. Environmental Cases 10. Water Resource Cases 11. Joint fact-finding in Japan 12. Joint fact-finding in Netherlands/Europe 13. Conclusion Cover image kindly provided by Dr. Peter Adler

Product Details

  • publication date: 26/09/2016
  • ISBN13: 9781138120181
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 234
  • ID: 9781138120181
  • weight: 430
  • ISBN10: 1138120189

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