Seminar Announcement on May 13th - Dr. Cem İskender Aydın
This study aims to put forward a cross-scale participatory multi-criteria framework, which offers a multi-scale assessment procedure capable of presenting the complex cross-scale linkages in ecological distribution conflicts and of eliciting the sources of tension between stakeholders at different scales by showing how scale related perceptions/issues drive part of such conflicts. It utilizes the proposed cross-scale framework to assess a particular conflict around the policy decision of introducing nuclear energy in Turkey, in order to show the potential of its application. It points to the identification of at least three types of scale-related conflict sources between national and local stakeholders: i) scales does matter when offering different sets of alternatives for comparison, ii) scale does matter in defining priorities: Local and national stakeholders differ in governance issues they prioritise, and iii) scale does matter in the perception of an EJ dimension or a particular governance issue. Overall, the multi-criteria framework presented in this thesis enables a better understanding of the cross-scale relationships between environmental, social and economic processes, and there is a greater potential to incorporate different perspectives from different scales into the policy-making process.