Exploring the utilisation and sharing of new environmental knowledge in natural resource management in regional Australia

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Knowledge exchange between researchers and natural resource practitioners is essential to ensure that appropriate approaches to complex socio-ecological natural resource problems are being applied. We explored the processes and constraints on knowledge-sharing and the use of new knowledge by natural resource managers in south-eastern Australia focussed on the case of an endangered frog, Sloane’s froglet. The research was founded on the reflections and insights of 11 environmental professionals who participated in semi-structured interviews. We undertook thematic content analysis of the interview transcripts. The process involved close reading to identify and categorise phrases, sentences and paragraphs with similar thematic content followed by a secondary analysis using knowledge exchange terminology to further define and differentiate aspects of the knowledge exchange process. The research revealed five key themes: the way environmental practitioners perceive what knowledge is, and how it is constructed, affects knowledge sharing and utilisation; different media for communication between scientists and practitioners are used and accepted in different ways, and influence effectiveness; environmental practitioners perceive knowledge generation and exchange as part of a process of continual learning which is considered essential in underpinning monitoring, evaluation and adaptive management; environmental practitioners hold values, and believe that scientists hold values, which affect knowledge exchange and advocacy in environmental practice; and, contextual factors and processes such as political will, institutional processes and community interests enable or constrain knowledge sharing and utilisation. The environmental practitioners who participated in this study helped build a complex and rich understanding of the nature of environmental knowledge exchange in regional Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 21 Jun 2021
EventInternational Association for Society and Natural Resources Conference 2021 - Online
Duration: 20 Jun 202124 Jun 2021
https://www4.iasnr.org/2021-virtual-iasnr-conference-program/ (Conference program)


ConferenceInternational Association for Society and Natural Resources Conference 2021
Abbreviated titleBuilding a global network for natural resource social science
OtherEach year we gather at our annual IASNR Conference (formerly called ISSRM) to share research, reconnect with colleagues, and make new connections. Because we cannot meet in person this year, we are hosting a virtual conference. We value what each of you contribute to society and natural resources research and practice and we want to provide the opportunity to share those contributions.

The 2021 IASNR virtual conference theme is “Building a Global Network for Natural Resource Social Science”—the conference begins on June 20 and runs through June 24. Presentations, talks, panels, and activities will occur continuously during the four-and-a-half-day conference period so there will always be something in your time zone no matter where you’re located. Many of the sessions will be organized around geographic “hubs” to help scholars and practitioners connect with others working in their region of the globe. We invite long-time IASNR members as well as new participants and young scholars to submit abstracts and participate in this unique opportunity to build bridges among members of the global natural resource social science community.
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