Using visual products derived from community research to inform natural resource management policy
2012 (English)In: Land use policy, ISSN 0264-8377, E-ISSN 1873-5754, Vol. 29, no 1, 1-10 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
People living near remote protected areas seldom have their perspectives considered in decision-makingon conservation and development. A consequent challenge for researchers and practitioners is engagingwith policy-makers about local peoples’ perspectives, in ways that will capture their attention and influencethe decisions they make. Some authors claim that visual products have potential for providing sucha means, i.e. in communicating ‘local’ messages to policy-makers. In this study we used action researchto explore the use of visual products – derived from participatory community research – to communicatelocal perspectives to policy. Hypermedia DVDs, containing videos, photos, diagrams and text, were usedwith policy-stakeholders in interviews and group activities. Most participants reacted positively to theDVDs and indicated that visual products provided credible and valuable insight into findings, groundedin local knowledge. The main strength of the DVDs was to provide engaging messages, in a format thatallowed integration of knowledge co-constructed by local people and researchers. They were found tobe a versatile medium for use with a range of viewers with different needs, as well as a valuable platformto enhance discussion and understanding needed in developing sound policy in natural resourcemanagement. We also found the ‘processes’, used in creating DVDs and presenting them to policy-makersmarkedly influenced the effectiveness of visual products. We suggest that in working with broad and complexareas in NRM, these types of visual products have the best potential in shifting conceptual thinkingand generating ideas and awareness among policy-stakeholders, rather than as a means of recommendingspecific policy.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Elsevier, 2012. Vol. 29, no 1, 1-10 p.
Visual methods Communication Video Hypermedia Environmental management Participation
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
Research subject Environmental Science, Natural Resources Management; Social Sciences, Sociology; Social Sciences, Peace and Development Studies
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-50390DOI: 10.1016/j.landusepol.2011.04.002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-50390DiVA: diva2:910319