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dc.contributor.authorRetief, Francois
dc.contributor.authorMorrison- Saunders, A
dc.contributor.authorGeneletti, Devide
dc.contributor.authorPope, Jennifer
dc.identifier.citationRetief, 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.publisherBeech Tree Publishing
dc.titleExploring the psychology of trade-off decision-making in environmental impact assessment
dc.typeJournal Article
dcterms.source.titleImpact Assessment and Project Appraisal
curtin.accessStatusOpen access via publisher

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