Decoding the Wickedness of Resource Nexus Problems — Examples from Water-Soil Nexus Problems in China

Kirschke, Sabrina, Zhang, Lulu and Meyer, Kristin, (2018). Decoding the Wickedness of Resource Nexus Problems — Examples from Water-Soil Nexus Problems in China. Resources, 7(4), 1-15

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    Author Kirschke, Sabrina
    Zhang, Lulu
    Meyer, Kristin
    Title Decoding the Wickedness of Resource Nexus Problems — Examples from Water-Soil Nexus Problems in China
    Appearing in Resources
    Volume 7
    Issue No. 4
    Publication Date 2018-10-26
    Place of Publication Basel
    Publisher Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute (MDPI)
    Start page 1
    End page 15
    Language eng
    Abstract Managing environmental resources in a nexus manner is typically denoted as a highly wicked problem. Such denotations are, however, barely based on clearly defined dimensions and degrees of wickedness. This hinders the application of effective policy and governance strategies to address nexus problems in practice. This study provides a conceptually thorough analysis of the wickedness of resource nexus problems, taking specific water-soil nexus problems in the Loess plateau in China as an example. Analyses are based on a clear operationalization of wicked problems, as provided in the literature on public policies, the nexus, and the case study area. Results show that resource nexus problems generally fulfill the theoretical criteria of wicked problems, namely the existence of highly conflicting goals, high system complexity, and high informational uncertainty. Consequently, traditional policy and governance strategies to address wicked problems such as participatory modes of governance may be fruitful in order to deal with resource nexus problems in general and in the Loess plateau, more particularly.
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    Keyword Soil and water management
    Wicked problems
    Copyright Holder The Authors
    Copyright Year 2018
    Copyright type Creative commons
    DOI 10.3390/resources7040067
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