Graduate Thesis Or Dissertation


Examining the Influence of Discourse and Narratives on Environmental Decision-Making Public Deposited
  • This dissertation is composed of four separate projects, completed over the course of my PhD. The first paper, Chapter 2, shows how public land management in the United States (U.S.) is shaped by perceptions of the multiple use mandate and its implementation. This paper recommends statutory amendments to effect change in public land management, rather than focusing only on supposed failings of the implementing agency of the multiple use mandate. Chapter 3 applies the problem orientation framework to elucidate problem frames in media representations of oil and gas development in Colorado, demonstrating that the use of this framework can effectively reveal patterns and fundamental conflicts among stakeholders in relation to their perspectives on “the problem” of oil and gas development. Chapter 4 compiles work on tracking media coverage of climate change demonstrating changes in trends over time and exploring the potential influences on these trends. Chapter 5 demonstrates that researchers and scientists who create tools to support decision-makers have comprehensive and experiential understandings of how to produce science that is useful and usable, but they face institutional barriers which can make it difficult to create and maintain these tools such that they continue to be used by decision-makers. This offers an alternative view of why there is a persistent gap between the creation of scientific knowledge and its use in policy and decision-making – it is not simply a problem of researchers or decision-makers being unaware or uninformed, rather there are scarce resources and changing political and technological contexts which add to the challenge.
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  • 2022-07-26
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  • 2022-09-14
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