Governing the environment: Guidance documents and the ‘making up’ of environmental practitioners

  • Cashmore, Matthew Asa (Project Participant)
  • Richardson, Tim (Project Participant)
  • Rozema, Jaap (Project Participant)
  • Lyhne, Ivar (Project Participant)

Project Details


Our focus in this work will be the ‘making up’ (after Hacking 1986) of a central locus of power and authority in environmental politics and practice, environmental practitioners, and their role in relation to environmental policy. Guidance plays a prominent, perhaps even “critical” (Kalen 2008), role in contemporary government strategies for managing the environment. The production of guidance, therefore, appears to be an important mechanism for both (re-­‐)constructing governmental discourses and exerting a claim to authority, yet its contribution to the ‘making-­‐up’ of environmental practitioners has received very limited scholarly attention. The research team will examine this ‘making-­‐up’ through a focus on the examination of guidance documents themselves and through interviews with guidance writers. The policy tool Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), a legally mandated process in the European Union, will form the empirical focus of the research.
Effective start/end date03/05/201231/12/2013


  • Governance
  • Strategic environmental assessment
  • guidance
  • authority
  • environment
  • practitioners