Valuing Nature & Participatory Decision Making Conference

The call is open for Expressions of Interest to attend and contribute to a conference on Valuing Nature and Participatory Decision Making, to be held on 19 and 20 July 2016 at the University of Kent, Canterbury.

This transdisciplinary event is aimed at researchers of all career stages from the natural and social sciences, as well as policy makers and practitioners. It will explore the critical, creative and practical challenges that arise when approaches to valuing nature are explored and developed in the participatory realm. It asks: how might a participatory approach transform the way valuation analyses are carried out within research and practice? And, how might valuing nature agendas affect the way researchers and practitioners think and go about participation?  

Paper and poster contributions are invited that speak to the following conference themes: 

o    Contexts and rationales for participatory valuation 

o    Innovations in analytic-deliberative approaches to valuation

o    Doing science in a participatory valuation context

o    Stakeholder and public affiliation with valuing nature concepts 

o    Rethinking the ‘participant’ in valuing nature based decision making

A proposal for a special edition for the International Journal Environmental Values is also a planned output of this event.

This event is jointly organized by the University of Kent and the Valuing Nature Programme. The event is free to attend, and accommodation on site is available for just £49.50.  Places will be assigned as soon as applications are received, and the final deadline is 15 June 2016.

Full details of the event, including the conference themes and the process for applying for a place are here