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Understanding actor perspectives regarding challenges for integrated river basin management

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Published on 09/08/2018 by R. J. den Haan, J. M. Fliervoet, M. C. van der Voort, V. J. Cortes Arevalo & S. J. M. H. Hulscher

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Robert-Jan den Haan

University of Twente

Innovative components

The research shows how different actor perspectives can be linked back to different world views corresponding to the rationalities of Cultural Theory. Moreover, the research combines Cultural Theory with Sensemaking in an approach not used before to elicit the perspectives of actors specifically from their point of view rather than the researcher’s.

Findings and implications to practice

The findings include a better understanding of how different world views held by actors can result in conflicts in integrated river basin management. To overcome conflicts in practice, it is important to embrace the different actor perspectives and make sure all actors can find something in a solution that matches their perspective on the problem and solution. Furthermore, the combination of Cultural Theory and Sensemaking offers science and practice an innovative method to elicit perspectives in river management and other integrated fields that involves actors from various disciplines and backgrounds.

Lenses of cultural theory's three active rationalities in relation to Dutch river basin management (Source: Table 2; den Haan et al. 2018)

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