- Active project
Perceptions of risk and uncertainty
We are investigating people's perceptions of risk and uncertainty in the marine environment and how these different experiences can improve decision-making about marine resources.
|Paula Blackett (NIWA) & Shaun Awatere (Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research)
|May 2020 – June 2022
There are many ways people understand and react to risk and uncertainty. These differences can be a source of conflict in decision-making, especially in the marine environment. Given the diversity of mātauranga Māori, values and preferences, it is not surprising that some decisions made about marine resources are contested.
But there is very little knowledge on the degree to which these perceptions of risk differ and how this affects decisions. Understanding the different perceptions of risks and uncertainty is crucial to building consensus around decisions, or at least appreciating why a decision has been made.
This research is taking a grounded (case study) approach with mātauranga Māori at its centre. This approach recognises that perceptions of risk are underpinned by many different ways of understanding and interpreting that risk. By comparing the different ways people perceive risk and uncertainty, we will be able to inform more inclusive tools, policies, practices and processes that can improve decision-making.
The aims of this project are to identify tools, frameworks or processes that:
- can help make marine decision-making practices more inclusive
- address both risk and knowledge uncertainty in a way that reduces risks to the benefits derived from marine resources
- promote Māori rights, interests and values in tools, frameworks or processes.
Achieving these aims will contribute to our objective of enhancing the utilisation of marine resources within environmental and biological constraints.
Paula Blackett (NIWA)
Shaun Awatere (Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research)
Nikki Harcourt (Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research)
Erena Le Heron (Le Heron Leigh Consulting Limited)
Richard Le Heron (Le Heron Leigh Consulting Limited)
Regan Fairlie (Manaaki Te Awanui)
Jade Hyslop (Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research)
- How to make better decisions to improve the marine environment - 19 December 2023
- Marine management decisions could protect critically endangered deep-water coral from extinction - 10 October 2023
- Our researchers nominated for Kudos Awards 2020 - 27 November 2020
- Welcome to our new project leaders - 18 July 2019
Webinar: Navigating choppy waters - understanding perceptions of risk and uncertainty in marine management
This is a national project.
March 2021Discussion document summarising key insights for co-development partners and key agencies
August 2021Conference presentations on Mātauranga Māori and methods for understanding risk for marine management
August 2022Draft framework reviewed by partners and stakeholders
September 2022Framework on considering and including different ways to approach risk and uncertainty
September 2022Popular science article and short communication on framework released