Participatory systems mapping for sustainable consumption: Discussion of a method promoting systemic insights

Michal Sedlacko, Andre Martinuzzi, Inge Røpke, Nuno Videira, Paula Antunes

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Abstract

The paper describes our usage of and experience with the method of participatory systems mapping. The method, developed for the purpose of facilitating knowledge brokerage, builds on participatory modelling approaches and applications and was used in several events involving both researchers and policy makers. The paper presents and discusses examples of how different types of participatory interaction with causal loop diagrams (‘system maps’) produced different insights on issues related to sustainable consumption and enabled participatory reflection and sharing of knowledge. Together, these insights support a systemic understanding of the issues and Thus the method provides instruments for coping with complexity when formulating policies for sustainable consumption. Furthermore the paper discusses the ability of the method—and its limits—to connect mental models of participants through structured discussion and thus bridge boundaries between different communities.
Original languageEnglish
JournalEcological Economics
Volume106
Pages (from-to)33-43
Number of pages10
ISSN0921-8009
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2014

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Sedlacko, Michal ; Martinuzzi, Andre ; Røpke, Inge ; Videira, Nuno ; Antunes, Paula. / Participatory systems mapping for sustainable consumption : Discussion of a method promoting systemic insights. In: Ecological Economics. 2014 ; Vol. 106. pp. 33-43.
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Participatory systems mapping for sustainable consumption : Discussion of a method promoting systemic insights. / Sedlacko, Michal; Martinuzzi, Andre; Røpke, Inge; Videira, Nuno; Antunes, Paula.

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