Learning from doing participatory rural research: Lessons from the Peak District National Park

  • Dougill A
  • Fraser E
  • Holden J
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Understanding the socio-economic and environmental implications of
rural change requires the active participation of many research disciplines
and stakeholders. However, it remains unclear how to best integrate
participatory and biophysical research to provide information useful
to land managers and policy makers. This paper presents findings
of a RELU scoping study that has formulated and applied a research
framework based on stakeholder participation and adaptive learning
to model rural change in the Peak District National Park in the north
of England. The paper describes a learning process that integrates
different types of knowledge to produce future scenarios that describe
possible economic and environmental changes due to a national review
of burning practices on heather moorland and blanket bogs. We stress
the need for using social network analysis to structure stakeholder
engagement and outline how a range of participatory approaches can
facilitate more inclusive environmental planning and policy development.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Adaptive learning
  • Moorland burning
  • Peak District National Park
  • Rural land use
  • Social network analysis

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