Researcher at SLU
Dialogue-based governance is a promising way to involve actors from many perspectives. Yet, dialogue is challenging in the face of conflicts and power imbalances. We develop knowledge about power and conflict in participatory practices and design power-sensitive and conflict-aware environmental communication.
Governmental organisations often use dialogue-based approaches in governance for sustainability. The intention is to involve relevant actors that represent a variety of perspectives and positions – from businesses to landowners to activists and citizens – to ensure that policy interventions are socially legitimate and effective.
While dialogue processes are a valuable tool for inclusive, legitimate and effective governance, their implementation is often fraught with difficulties, usually due to challenges related to power relationships and conflict.
Within MISTRA Environmental Communication, we translate recent research on power and conflict into participatory practices. Together with societal partners, we co-develop ways to design power-sensitive and conflict-aware environmental communication.
We work with the following cases:
Martin Westin, Researcher at Uppsala University and SLU
Camilo Calderon, Researcher at SLU
Lars Hallgren, Senior Lecturer at SLU
Alexander Hellquist, Facilitator at Uppsala University
Annette Löf, Researcher at SLU
Amelia Mutter, Researcher at SLU
Kaisa Raitio, Associate Professor at SLU
Researcher at SLU
Participation post Covid-19: lessons from planners’ stories (Blog post written by Martin Westin for SLU Urban futures.
Facilitation is a matter of power (Blog post written by Martin Westin)
Rethinking power in participatory planning: Towards reflective practice (PhD thesis Martin Westin)
Statens roll efter Girjasdomen (Essä i Dagens Arena)