Special Issue of the journal Ecosystem Services on 'Shared, Plural and Cultural values’

A Special Issue on ‘Shared, Plural and Cultural Values’ has been published in the interdisciplinary journal Ecosystem Services, bringing together 15 publications presenting cutting edge theory and methodology building on work in VNN, the UK National Ecosystem Assessment and it’s follow on. The issue is currently freely accessible, and was edited by Dr Jasper Kenter (Scottish Association for Marine Science). 

The issue was developed on the premise that to deeply resolve conflicts between nature conservation and exploitation, we need valuations that result from and are integrated with transformative processes that bring together different voices to develop shared understandings of conflicts between different ecosystem services and shared values around how to resolve them.

Key themes include the formation and institutionalisation of shared values through socialisation, formal and informal deliberation; deliberative alternatives for value-aggregation; understandings and critiques of deliberation; and interrelations between values, culture, place and identity. The importance of institutional factors, such as power issues, and the inevitable subjectivity of valuations around complex and contested issues are highlighted. A wide range of monetary and non-monetary analytical, deliberative, interpretive and psychometric methods are integrated in a range of empirical papers.

Shared, plural and cultural values are presented as a knowledge intervention critiquing the increasing tendency to artificially separate economic and socio-cultural values, and monetary and non-monetary valuation of ecosystems. The authors advocate deliberative valuations as a means to integrate plural values and as a boundary object between research, practitioner and policy communities, enabling more effective translation of values into decisions and creating new democratic spaces for transformative social change.

The issue will be freely accessible until the end of 2017, and can be accessed via http://www.sharedvaluesresearch.org.

Table of contents

  • Kenter, J.O. 2016. Shared, plural and cultural values. Ecosystem Services 21, 175-183. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.10.010
  • Irvine, K., O’Brien, L., Ravenscroft, N., Cooper, N., Everard, M., Fazey, I., Reed, M., Kenter, J.O. 2016. Ecosystem services and the idea of shared values. Ecosystem Services 21, 184-193. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.07.001
  • Kenter, J.O., Reed, M., Fazey, I. 2016. The Deliberative Value Formation model. Ecosystem Services 21, 208-217. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.09.015
  • Fish, R., Church, A., Winter, M. Conceptualising cultural ecosystem services: a novel framework for research and critical engagement. Ecosystem Services 21, 218-229. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.09.002
  • Cooper, N., Brady, E., Bryce, R., Steen, H. 2016. Aesthetic and spiritual values of ecosystems: recognising the ontological and axiological plurality of cultural ecosystem ‘services’. Ecosystem Services 21, 218-229. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.07.014
  • Everard, M., Reed, M.S., Kenter, J.O., 2016. The ripple effect: institutionalising pro-environmental values to shift societal norms and behaviours. Ecosystem Services 21, 230-240. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.08.001
  • Raymond, C., Kenter, J.O. 2016. Transcendental values and the valuation and management of ecosystem services. Ecosystem Services 21, 241-257. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.07.018
  • Bryce, R., Irvine, K., Church, A., Fish, R., Ranger, S., Kenter, J.O. 2016. Subjective well-being indicators for large-scale assessment of cultural ecosystem services. Ecosystem Services 21, 258-269. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.07.015
  • Kenter, J.O., Jobstvogt, N., Watson, V., Irvine, K., Christie, M., Bryce, R. 2016. The impact of information, value-deliberation and group-based decision-making on values for ecosystem services: integrating deliberative monetary valuation and storytelling. Ecosystem Services 21, 270-290. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.06.006
  • Kenter, J.O. 2016. Integrating deliberative choice experiments, systems modelling and participatory mapping to assess shared values of ecosystem services. Ecosystem Services 21, 291-307. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.06.010
  • Orchard-Webb, J., Kenter, J.O., Bryce, R., Church, A. 2016. Deliberative Democratic Monetary Valuation to implement the Ecosystem Approach. Ecosystem Services 21, 308-318. dx.doi.org/10.​1016/​j.​ecoser.​2016.​09.​005
  • Edwards, D., Collins, T., Goto, R. 2016. An arts-led dialogue to elicit shared, plural and cultural values of ecosystems. Ecosystem Services 21, 319-328. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.09.018
  • Fish, R., Church, A., Willis, C., Winter, M., Tratalos, J.W., Haines-Young, R., Potschin, M. 2016. Making space for cultural ecosystem services: insights from a study of the UK Nature Improvement Initiative. Ecosystem Services 21, 329-343. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.09.017
  • Ranger, S., Kenter, J.O., Bryce, R., Cumming, G., Dapling, T., Lawes, E., Richardson, P. 2016. Forming shared values in conservation management: an interpretive-deliberative-democratic approach to including community voices. Ecosystem Services 21, 344-357. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.09.016
  • Kenter, J.O., Reed, M. S., Irvine, K.N., O’Brien, E., Bryce, R., Christie, M., Cooper, N., Hockley, N., Fazey, I., Orchard-Webb, J., Ravenscroft, N., Raymond, C.M., Tett, P., Watson, V. 2016. Shared values and deliberative valuation: Future directions. Ecosystem Services 21, 358-371. dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.10.006