Wellbeing, Values, and Category Mistakes in Environmental Planning

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Prudent decisions to resolve competing uses of environmental resources are required. Such decisions depend on formal and informal planning that integrates knowledge concerning natural resources, human values, and wellbeing as the basis for socio-political decisions. Effective communication and sound analysis are crucial to success in these processes, which often include group deliberations. A particular challenge in this regard is the common occurrence of "category mistakes" when managers are discussing different environmental decisions (e.g., confusing means with ends). To assist with environmental planning, I develop and test a new ontological framework and a classification of human wellbeing values that avoids category mistakes.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
  • Pannell, David, Supervisor
  • Rogers, Abbie, Supervisor
  • Kiatkoski Kim, Milena, Supervisor
Thesis sponsors
Award date21 Mar 2022
Publication statusUnpublished - 2021


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