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For over a decade Forest Research has been heavily involved in projects to develop decision support systems to improve sustainable land and forestry management. The Forestry Commission and other stakeholders have adopted many of these tools in their planning and decision-making, but uptake is not universal. The study recommended more dialogue and collaboration between stakeholders to increase uptake and ensure systems meet users’ needs.
In conclusion, we argue for a shift from a knowledge-transfer model of applied research (a unidirectional process) towards knowledge-exchange (dialogue between collaborating partners) and knowledge-interaction (shared cultures and institutions).
The research was carried out by the Social and Economic Research Group. It involved semi-structured interviews with 30 stakeholders across the sector, an online questionnaire survey and a literature review.
Commissioned and funded by the Forestry Commission
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