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dc.creatorApgar, J.M.
dc.creatorCohen, P.J.
dc.creatorRatner, B.D.
dc.creatorde Silva, S.
dc.creatorBuisson, M.-C.
dc.creatorLongley, C.
dc.creatorBastakoti, R.C.
dc.creatorMapedza, E.
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-02T09:51:39Z
dc.date.available2018-08-02T09:51:39Z
dc.date.issued2017
dc.identifier4105_2017_Apgar_Identifying.pdf
dc.identifier.citationEcology and Society, 22(1):9 [open access]
dc.identifier.issn1708-3087
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12348/425
dc.description.abstractChallenges of governance often constitute critical obstacles to efforts to equitably improve livelihoods in social-ecological systems. Yet, just as often, these challenges go unspoken, or are viewed as fixed parts of the context, beyond the scope of influence of agricultural, development, or natural resource management initiatives. What does it take to get governance obstacles and opportunities out in the open, creating the space for constructive dialogue and collective action that can help to address them? We respond to this question by comparing experiences of participatory action research (PAR) in coastal and floodplain systems in four countries (Zambia, Solomon Islands, Bangladesh, and Cambodia) with a focus on understanding how to build more equitable governance arrangements. We found that governance improvement was often an implicit or secondary objective of initiatives that initially sought to address more technical natural resource or livelihood-related development challenges. We argue that using PAR principles of ownership, equity, shared analysis, and feedback built trust and helped to identify and act upon opportunities to address more difficult-to-shift dimensions of governance particularly in terms of stakeholder representation, distribution of authority, and accountability. Our findings suggest that the engaged and embedded approach of researcher-facilitators can help move from identifying opportunities for governance change to supporting stakeholders as they build more equitable governance arrangements.
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dc.publisherResilience Alliance
dc.sourceEcology and Society
dc.titleIdentifying opportunities to improve governance of aquatic agricultural systems through participatory action research
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.bibliographicCitationApgar, J.M. et al. (2017). Identifying opportunities to improve governance of aquatic agricultural systems through participatory action research. Ecology and Society, 22(1):9
dc.description.versionPeer Review
cg.contributor.crpAAS
cg.contributor.crpFISH
cg.coverage.countryBangladesh
cg.coverage.countrySolomon Islands
cg.coverage.countryZambia
cg.coverage.regionAfrica
cg.coverage.regionAsia
cg.coverage.regionOceania
cg.identifier.worldfish4105
cg.subject.agrovocgovernance
cg.subject.agrovocparticipatory research
cg.subject.worldfishparticipatory action research
cg.contributor.affiliationInstitute of Development Studies
cg.contributor.affiliationWorldFish
cg.contributor.affiliationIWMI
cg.identifier.statusOpen access
cg.identifier.ISIindexedISI indexed
cg.contribution.worldfishauthorApgar, J.M.
cg.contribution.worldfishauthorCohen, P.J.
cg.contribution.worldfishauthorRatner, B.D.
cg.contribution.worldfishauthorLongley, C.
cg.description.themeResilient small-scale fisheries
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.5751/ES-08929-220109en_US
cg.identifier.urlhttps://doi.org/10.5751/ES-08929-220109
cg.creator.idPhilippa Cohen: 0000-0002-9987-1943


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