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dc.contributor.authorRetief, Francois
dc.contributor.authorMorrison-Saunders, Angus
dc.contributor.authorGeneletti, Davide
dc.contributor.authorPope, Jenny
dc.identifier.citationRetief, F. et al. 2013. Exploring the psychology of trade-off decision-making in environmental impact assessment. Impact assessment and project appraisal. 31(1):13-23. []en_US
dc.identifier.issn1471-5465 (Online)
dc.description.abstractDealing 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.en_US
dc.publisherTaylor & Francisen_US
dc.subjectEnvironmental impact assessmenten_US
dc.subjectconflict in decision-makingen_US
dc.titleExploring the psychology of trade-off decision-making in environmental impact assessmenten_US
dc.contributor.researchID12307807 - Retief, Francois Pieter
dc.contributor.researchID24889717 - Pope, Jennifer Margaret

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