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Environmental Conflict Management

An interdisciplinary approach to environmental conflict management addresses issues of policy, science, culture and communication
Grounded in theoretical understanding, readers can contextualize concepts with real-time exercises such as assessing the symbolic, substantive or process nuances of conflict or communicating concerns during negotiation
Six case studies in the appendix are referenced in each chapter as students are guided to apply the newly learned concepts to their chosen case study, providing students with a consistent application context for the entire semester
Voices in the Field case studies in each chapter offer readers real-time cases featuring practitioners in the field who, drawing on their experience, link concepts introduced in the chapter to national and international conflict cases
Considering Culture case studies in each chapter highlight the role of culture in environmental conflict management and policy development

By: Tracylee Clarke (Author), Tarla Rai Peterson (Author)

Sage Publications Inc

Paperback | May 2015 | #222043 | ISBN-13: 9781483303031
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Using case studies exercises, Tracylee Clarke and Tarla Rai Peterson introduce students to the research and practice of environmental conflict and provide a step-by-step process for engaging stakeholders and interested parties in the management of environmental disputes. The text provides not only an introduction to environmental conflict management and policy development, but also lays out practical steps for understanding and managing conflict and reviews the most relevant laws and policies. Within that context, the text then provides techniques for public involvement and community outreach, strategies for negotiating options and methodologies for communicating concerns and working through differences. The theoretical framework is grounded in the direct application of concepts to case studies through exercises, worksheets and role-plays that help students make the link between theory and practice.


1. Introduction to Environmental Conflict Management     
2. Collaborative Approaches to Environmental Conflict     
3. Environmental Law and Policy     
4. Initiating a Process     
5. Conflict Assessment     
6. Design: Stakeholder Process     
7. Design: Public Involvement Process     
8. Working with Stakeholders     
9. Policy Development     
10. Communication Capacity Building     
11. Implementation and Evaluation     
12. Sustaining Community Relations     

Appendix A. Application Case Studies     
Case Study 1. Sandspit Watershed Committee     
Case Study 2. Woodpecker County Water Supply     
Case Study 3. North Umqua Hydroelectric Relicensing     
Case Study 4. Cyprinus Lake Phosphorous TMDL     
Case Study 5. Hedgehog Mountain Ski Resort     
Case Study 6. Wolf Reintroduction in the State of Minnesota

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Dr. Tracylee Clarke is currently an associate professor and chair of the Communication Program at California State University Channel Islands. Her current research and teaching interests include environmental communication and conflict management, collaborative decision-making and policy development, the intersections of narrative, culture, identity and conflict, and the role of dialogue in conflict prevention and resolution. She is a member of US Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, Morris K. Udall Foundation and teaches a course for the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine School of Law. Dr. Clarke worked as an environmental mediator and policy analyst and has over 18 years of experience in environmental conflict management and collaborative policy development. She has managed and directed large, complex stakeholder processes and mediations for federal, state, local and tribal governments as well as private industry. Controversial issues she has mediated include natural resource management, land use, endangered species protection, water supply and water quality, transportation, energy development and toxic remediation and clean up. As an environmental consultant she has also designed and conducted professional training workshops for governmental officials and environmental managers to enhance collaborative problem solving, negotiation skills and communication competency. Dr. Clarke holds a MA in Communication from the Edward. R. Murrow School of Communication at Washington State University and Ph.D. in Environmental Communication from the University of Utah. She is also certified as a professional mediator.

Dr. Tarla Rai Peterson is a professor of Communication at the University of Texas, El Paso. She also serves as a guest professor of Environmental Communication at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and as an Adjunct Professor of Communication at the University of Utah. Dr. Peterson has published several books on communication, technology and the environment as well as numerous research articles on environmental conflict and public participation in environmental policy-making. Her research program explores how the intersections between communication, democratic practice and policy enable/constrain policy options and public life. She values classroom teaching, and serves as a faculty mentor for graduate teaching assistants. She has developed an active Theory to Practice program that includes design and evaluation of best practices for facilitating public participation in environmental policy planning and implementation. The program is centered on the critical role of communication in facilitating the emergence and operation of sustainable environmental policy. Dr. Peterson's most recent books examine conflict surrounding housing (The Housing Bomb) and energy (Smart Grid [R]Evolution) policy. She has worked with environmental conflict in a variety of locations including Australia, El Salvador, India, Mexico, Sweden, and the United States.

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