Co-engineering participatory water management processes: theory and insights from Australian and Bulgarian interventions

Daniell, Katherine A., White, Ian, Ferrand, Nils, Ribarova, Irina S., Coad, Peter, Rougier, Jean-Emmanuel, Hare, Matthew, Jones, Natalie A., Popova, Albena, Rollin, Dominique, Perez, Pascal and Burn, Stewart (2010) Co-engineering participatory water management processes: theory and insights from Australian and Bulgarian interventions. Ecology and Society, 15 4: .

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Author Daniell, Katherine A.
White, Ian
Ferrand, Nils
Ribarova, Irina S.
Coad, Peter
Rougier, Jean-Emmanuel
Hare, Matthew
Jones, Natalie A.
Popova, Albena
Rollin, Dominique
Perez, Pascal
Burn, Stewart
Title Co-engineering participatory water management processes: theory and insights from Australian and Bulgarian interventions
Journal name Ecology and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1708-3087
Publication date 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 15
Issue 4
Total pages 37
Place of publication Waterloo, ON, Canada
Publisher Resilience Alliance Publications
Language eng
Abstract Broad-scale, multi-governance level, participatory water management processes intended to aid collective decision making and learning are rarely initiated, designed, implemented, and managed by one person. These processes mostly emerge from some form of collective planning and organization activities because of the stakes, time, and budgets involved in their implementation. Despite the potential importance of these collective processes for managing complex water-related social-ecological systems, little research focusing on the project teams that design and organize participatory water management processes has ever been undertaken. We have begun to fill this gap by introducing and outlining the concept of a co-engineering process and examining how it impacts the processes and outcomes of participatory water management. We used a hybrid form of intervention research in two broad-scale, multi-governance level, participatory water management processes in Australia and Bulgaria to build insights into these coengineering processes. We examined how divergent objectives and conflict in the project teams were negotiated, and the impacts of this co-engineering on the participatory water management processes. These investigations showed: (1) that language barriers may aid, rather than hinder, the process of stakeholder appropriation, collective learning and skills transferal related to the design and implementation of participatory water management processes; and (2) that diversity in co-engineering groups, if managed positively through collaborative work and integrative negotiations, can present opportunities and not just challenges for achieving a range of desired outcomes for participatory water management processes. A number of areas for future research on co-engineering participatory water management processes are also highlighted.
Keyword Co-engineering
Multiple objectives
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ
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