A well-being framework for cross-cultural assessment of development scenarios: A case study from North-Western Australia

Wallace, Kenneth, Kiatkoski Kim, Milena, Álvarez-Romero, Jorge G., Pannell, David, Hill, Rosemary, and Marshall, Melissa (2022) A well-being framework for cross-cultural assessment of development scenarios: A case study from North-Western Australia. People and Nature, 4 (6). pp. 1575-1591.

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In Western-democratic countries, it is widely accepted that affected communities should be involved in natural resource planning and decisions. This is especially so when the well-being of diverse communities is directly involved, and where alternative future options are being considered. Although there is an agreement that ‘values’ and ‘well-being’, in some form, guide decisions, there is no consensus on the well-being framework(s) that might be used in participatory planning.

To assist a multicultural group in assessing alternative future development scenarios for the Martuwarra (Fitzroy River) in Western Australia, we developed a well-being framework that culturally diverse communities could share and use to discuss and assess scenarios. In this paper, we aim to evaluate the effectiveness of the well-being framework used to assess the potential impacts of scenarios by (i) analysing how effectively participants used the well-being framework; (ii) verifying whether the well-being framework was sensitive to the cultural diversity of participants and (iii) direct evaluation by workshop participants.

Our analysis shows that participants effectively applied most well-being categories, and the framework was sensitive to the cross-cultural context of the application by capturing Aboriginal cultural elements. However, the approach can be improved by including principles of behaviour; producing a more complete system model; and reviewing and amending the well-being categories in more extensive community consultation.

We conclude that the interaction among different worldviews generated valuable knowledge and that, with further adaptation, the framework shows promise for applications involving similar tasks in culturally diverse contexts.

Item ID: 77580
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2575-8314
Keywords: diverse ontologies, multiple knowledge systems, participatory planning, transdisciplinary, well-being
Copyright Information: © 2022 The Authors. People and Nature published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of British Ecological Society. This is an open access article under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Funders: National Environmental Science Program (NESP)
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2023 05:44
FoR Codes: 41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410404 Environmental management @ 20%
33 BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN > 3304 Urban and regional planning > 330404 Land use and environmental planning @ 60%
41 ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES > 4104 Environmental management > 410402 Environmental assessment and monitoring @ 20%
SEO Codes: 18 ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT > 1806 Terrestrial systems and management > 180603 Evaluation, allocation, and impacts of land use @ 60%
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19 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, CLIMATE CHANGE AND NATURAL HAZARDS > 1902 Environmental policy, legislation and standards > 190207 Land policy @ 20%
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