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Integrated Mission-directed Research

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Integrated Mission-directed Research

Experiences from Environmental and Natural Resource Management

Edited by:
Wendy Proctor   CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems

220 pages, 230 x 155 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

    Paperback - 2010
ISBN: 9780643096943 - AU $ 99.95

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This book offers readers the chance to learn from the experiences of researchers involved in integrated mission-directed research, particularly in the areas of natural resource management and regional development.

Integrated Mission-directed Research covers important issues in integration science, supported by case studies that detail how to engage individuals and communities, and support policy decisions and development. The authors explore case studies undertaken in Australia, Europe, Thailand and Indonesia, as well as perspectives from the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment. Closing chapters demonstrate key challenges for researchers and essential questions that should be answered when trying to set up integrated research. Potential benefits that could be obtained from effective integrated mission-directed research are included, as well as assessment questions to assist researchers to see if such benefits have been truly obtained.

Written by experienced researchers, many of whom were involved in CSIRO’s Social and Economic Integration Emerging Science Initiative, the book explores how integrated research is now seen as crucial in achieving sustainability outcomes in natural resource management.


  • Provides methods and example case studies on the integration of different fields of scientific research which is essential to achieving sustainable outcomes of natural resource management that truly reflect ‘triple bottom line’ objectives.
  • Covers over eight broad research areas, including: hydrology, ecology, social psychology, decision analysis, systems modelling, ecological economics, environmental economics and political science.
  • Includes case studies undertaken in Australia, Europe, Thailand and Indonesia.
  • Covers international perspectives such as those undertaken in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment.
  • Provides important lessons from completed research so that the advantages and benefits of these projects can be built on and improved.

 Chapter 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Understanding and managing complex systems: historical perspectives and lessons from the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment
Chapter 3 Improving integrated research: tools for analysis and learning
Chapter 4 Challenges and success factors in undertaking integrated research
Chapter 5 If there is a bear: conservation in the midst of conflicts
Chapter 6 Identification, engagement and influence: research for development and the environment in the uplands of northern Thailand
Chapter 7 A sociological analysis of the participatory application of agricultural decision-support systems
Chapter 8 Modelling and learning about coastal development and sustainability
Chapter 9 Integrating science within the West Australian Rural Towns Liquid Assets project
Chapter 10 Integrated modelling of European agricultural land use scenarios
Chapter 11 Accounting for multiple governance scales in integrated modelling and decision support
Chapter 12 Conclusions

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 Researchers and academics engaged in integrated and interdisciplinary research
Natural resource managers and practitioners involved in planning and management, particularly of water resources in both the private and government sectors
Postgraduate students and general readers

 Wendy Proctor is an Ecological Economist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) in Australia. Her expertise is in integration techniques and decision analysis. Wendy is President of the Australia New Zealand Society for Ecological Economics, and on the editorial board of the journal Ecological Economics. 

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