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Mapping Environmental SustainabilityReflecting on Systemic Practices for Participatory Research$
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Sue Oreszczyn and Andy Lane

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781447331575

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447331575.001.0001

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Systems thinking in practice: mapping complexity

Systems thinking in practice: mapping complexity

(p.17) Two Systems thinking in practice: mapping complexity
Mapping Environmental Sustainability

Andy Lane

Martin Reynolds

Policy Press

This chapter provides an overview of systems thinking in practice, the key concepts involved in it, and in particular the role of mapping in addressing complex situations. While the chapter touches on all four themes of the book, it focuses mainly on the systems thinking philosophy that underpins the work of nearly all the authors in this book; how that philosophy relates to the use of diagramming to capture systemic thinking; and how to engage research participants in trying to think more systemically. It concludes finishes with some more practical advice on the use of diagrams in general and within participatory and action-oriented modes of research in particular.

Keywords:   environmental sustainability, systems thinking philosophy, mapping, diagrams, participatory research

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