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Managing the marine environment: is the DPSIR framework holistic enough?

Atkins, Jonathan P.; Gregory, Amanda J.; Burdon, Daryl; Elliott, Michael

Authors

Daryl Burdon D.Burdon@hull.ac.uk

Professor Mike Elliott Mike.Elliott@hull.ac.uk
Professor of Estuarine and Coastal Sciences/ Research Professor, Institute of Estuarine and Coastal Studies



Abstract

Ever increasing and diverse use of the marine environment and consequent impacts on marine life, habitats and landscapes make prominent the need for policy and policy-making procedures that promote resilience and sustainability. In this paper, we focus on the Drivers-Pressures-State Changes-Impacts-Responses (DPSIR) framework, which seeks to represent and hence enable the management of key relationships formed between natural systems, designed systems and social systems. The DPSIR framework is widely used to assess and manage the impact of policy changes and associated problems; however, a change is evident in recent applications of the approach: an expert-driven, evidence-focussed mode of use is giving way to the use of the framework as a heuristic device to facilitate engagement, communication and understanding between different stakeholders. In this paper, an assessment is made of how holistic DPSIR practice is in the context of the marine environment and we argue that the paradigmatic turn from realist to interpretivist reveals the DPSIR approach's multiparadigmatic and holistic potential.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date 2011-09
Journal SYSTEMS RESEARCH AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE
Print ISSN 1092-7026
Electronic ISSN 1099-1743
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 28
Issue 5
Pages 497-508
APA6 Citation Atkins, J. P., Gregory, A. J., Burdon, D., & Elliott, M. (2011). Managing the marine environment: is the DPSIR framework holistic enough?. Systems research and behavioral science, 28(5), 497-508. https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.1111
DOI https://doi.org/10.1002/sres.1111
Keywords DPSIR framework; ecosystem services; marine policy; complex adaptive systems; sustainability
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