The pitfalls of plural valuation

Jacobs, Sander, Kelemen, Eszter, O’Farrell, Patrick, Martin, Adrian ORCID:, Schaafsma, Marije, Dendoncker, Nicolas, Pandit, Ram, Mwampamba, Tuyeni H., Palomo, Ignacio, Castro, Antonio J., Huambachano, Mariaelena A., Filyushkina, Anna and Gunimeda, Haripriya (2023) The pitfalls of plural valuation. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability, 64. ISSN 1877-3435

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This paper critically examines the current political context in which valuation studies of nature are undertaken. It challenges the belief that somehow, more and technically better valuation will drive the societal change toward more just and sustainable futures. Instead, we argue that current and proposed valuation practices risk to continue to overrepresent the values of those who hold power and dominate the valuation space, and to perpetuate the discrimination of the views and values of nondominant stakeholders. In tackling this politically sensitive issue, we define a political typology of valuations, making explicit the roles of power and discrimination. This is done to provide valuation professionals and other actors with a simple framework to determine if valuation actions and activities are constructive, inclusive, resolve injustices and enable systemic change, or rather entrench the status quo or aggravate existing injustices. The objective is to buttress actors in their decisions to support, accept, improve, oppose, or reject such valuations.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: environmental science(all),social sciences(all) ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2300
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
University of East Anglia Research Groups/Centres > Theme - ClimateUEA
Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
UEA Research Groups: University of East Anglia Schools > Faculty of Science > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Science > Research Centres > Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Global Environmental Justice
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2023 09:30
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2023 14:30
DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2023.101345


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