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SPICOSA

Science and Policy Integration for Coastal System Assessment (SPICOSA)

SPICOSA was an EU FP6 integrated project which focused on science and policy integration for Integrated Coastal Zone Management.  The SPICOSA premise was that decision-making processes for management and policy-formation do not always make best use of the existing knowledge. Knowledge transfer between science and policy is, of course, of critical importance here.  However, SPICOSA argued that the problem is more than this and is about the need for differently designed research. The project consisted of 54 partner organisations from 21 European countries who collaborated in 18 study sites to develop a holistic research approach known as the Systems Approach Framework (SAF), applying this approach to coastal science and coastal management.  SPICOSA worked on more local scales, at study sites such as the lagoon of Venice, a Norwegian fjord, or a Turkish bay.  It sought to integrate across scientific disciplines as well as between scientists and other stakeholders.

FHRC led the Science-Policy Interface Work-Package (WP1). This work included developing guidance on the use of stakeholder and issue mapping to promote learning between stakeholders (including scientists); with suggestions for organising and analysing this information to plan and inform a collaborative process in the best possible way.  The WP also focused on the centrality of deliberation to effective science and policy integration processes it provided guidelines and highlighted tools to facilitate deliberative processes.  Institutional mapping was also explored, underscoring the importance of understanding and exploring networks of institutions and organisations within ICZM and identifying both the rules that govern the interactions between them (e.g. laws, social relationships) and the 'players' that follow these rules, break them or "stretch" them. Social learning was a final central theme of this work package, exploring and testing the hypothesis that the nature of the relationships between stakeholders may be as important for gaining new insights for ICZM as the actual information being exchanged.

Funder:

European Commission Sixth Framework Programme

Duration:

2007 – 2011

FHRC Project Manager:

Dr Loraine McFadden

Selected Published Reports and Papers:

Tett, P., Sandberg A., Mette, A., Bailly D., Estrada M., Hopkins, T.S., Ribeirad'Alcala M., and McFadden, L (forthcoming 2012) Perspectives of Social and Ecological Systems.  Proceedings of 2nd ICZM Symposium, Arendal, 3-7 July 2011, Wiley-Blackwell.

McFadden L and Priest S.  (2011). Social learning for ICZM or 'prejudice, dogma and spurious common sense'.  Solutions to Coastal Disasters Conference, Norway June 26-29.  The Coasts, Oceans, Ports and Rivers Institute (COPRI) of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE).

Mette, A. et al. (2011) The Systems Approach Framework Handbook

McFadden, L. and Priest, S. (2011) Guidance for identifying the Policy Issue, Spicosa Project Report, London, Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University. Published online February 2011.

McFadden, L. and Priest, S. (2011) Using social tools in the SAF Output Step, Spicosa Project Report, London, Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University. Published online February 2011.

Mette, A., Borner, J., Sandberg, A., Vanderlinden, J-P., Mc Fadden, L., Priest, S., Lowe, C., D'Hernoncourt, J., Fernandes, T., Hirschfeld, J., Raux, P. (2011): Guide to System Output, SPICOSA Project Report. Berlin, Kolleg fuer Management und Gestaltung nachhaltiger Entwicklung.

McFadden, L. (2010) SPICOSA: challenges of science and policy integration. Editorial. SPICOSA News Special 2010, Issue 2.

Vanderlinden, J.P., Stojanovic, Schmueli, D., Bremer, S., Kostrzewa, C and McFadden, L. (2010) The SPICOSA Stakeholder-Policy Mapping User' Manual, complete version with worked examples. Deliverable D1.7 SPICOSA Project, Project No: 036992. Published online February 2011.

McFadden, L., Priest, S. and Green, C. (2010) Introducing institutional mapping: A guide for SPICOSA scientists, Spicosa Project Report, London, Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University. Published online February 2011 pdf.

SPICOSA WP3 (2010). Guide to System Design, v.3.04. Napier University, Edinburgh. Published online February 2010

McFadden, L., Priest, S., Green, C. and Sandberg, A. (2009) Basic Principles of Science and Policy Integration, Spicosa Project Report, London, Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University. Published online February 2011.

McFadden, L., Priest, S. and Green, C. (2008) Introducing social learning: A guide for SPICOSA scientists, Spicosa Project Report, London, Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University. Published online February 2011.

McFadden, L., Green, C. and Priest, S. (2008) Social science indicators for Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), Spicosa Project Report, London, Flood Hazard Research Centre, Middlesex University. Published online February 2011.

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