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Shared values and deliberative valuation: Future directions

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Mark Reed



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Valuation that focuses only on individual values evades the substantial collective and intersubjective meanings, significance and value from ecosystems. Shared, plural and cultural values of ecosystems constitute a diffuse and interdisciplinary field of research, covering an area that links questions around value ontology, elicitation and aggregation with questions of participation, ethics, and social justice. Synthesising understanding from various contributions to this Special Issue of Ecosystem Services, and with a particular focus on deliberation and deliberative valuation, we discuss key findings and present 35 future research questions in eight topic areas: 1) the ontology of shared values; 2) the role of catalyst and conflict points; 3) shared values and cultural ecosystem services; 4) transcendental values; 5) the process and outcomes of deliberation; 6) deliberative monetary valuation; 7) value aggregation, meta-values and 'rules of the game'; and 8) integrating valuation methods. The results of this Special Issue and these key questions can help develop a more extensive evidence base to mature the area and develop environmental valuation into a more pluralistic, comprehensive, robust, legitimate and effective way of safeguarding ecosystems and their services for the future.

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Author(s): Kenter JO, Bryce R, Christie M, Cooper N, Hockley N, Irvine KN, Fazey I, O'Brien L, Orchard-Webb J, Ravenscroft N, Raymond CM, Reed MS, Tett P, Watson V

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Ecosystem Services

Year: 2016

Volume: 21

Issue: Part B

Pages: 358-371

Print publication date: 01/10/2016

Online publication date: 23/11/2016

Acceptance date: 12/10/2016

Date deposited: 16/02/2017

ISSN (print): 2212-0416

Publisher: Elsevier


DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.10.006


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Welsh Government
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)
UK National Ecosystem Assessment Follow-On (Work Package 6: Shared, Plural and Cultural Values) - UK Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra)
UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
315925European Union
HR09011MASTS pooling initiative (The Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland) - Scottish Funding Council