Exploring the psychology of trade-off decision-making in environmental impact assessment
|dc.contributor.author||Morrison- Saunders, A|
|dc.identifier.citation||Retief, Francois and Morrison-Saunders, Angus and Geneletti, Devide and Pope, Jenny. 2013. Exploring the psychology of trade-off decision-making in environmental impact assessment. Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal. 31 (1): pp. 13-23.|
Dealing with trade-offs lies at the heart of environmental impact assessment (EIA). However, there has been scant reflection to date on the concept of trade-offs within the EIA literature. This paper aims to contribute to the thinking about trade-offs by distilling key learning points from research conducted within the field of psychology. In particular, the paper explores three interrelated questions namely: When are trade-off decisions difficult? How do we react when faced with difficult trade-off decisions? And how can we deal with difficult trade-off decisions? The research confirms that EIA functions within a very difficult trade-off decision-making context and that observed behaviour related to these difficult decisions can be explained from a psychology perspective. In order to deal better with trade-off decisions, it is helpful to be able to predict decision difficulty and anticipate resultant behaviour. Moreover, the way we present and frame decisions affects their outcomes.
|dc.publisher||Beech Tree Publishing|
|dc.title||Exploring the psychology of trade-off decision-making in environmental impact assessment|
|dcterms.source.title||Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal|
|curtin.accessStatus||Open access via publisher|