Title

Community Ecology and Capacity: Keys to Progressing the Environmental Communication of Wicked Problems

Abstract

Wicked problems are multi-factorial in nature and possess no clear resolution due to numerous community stakeholder involvement. We demonstrate childhood lead poisoning as a wicked problem and illustrate how understanding a community's ecology can build community capacity to affect local environmental management by (1) forming an academic–community partnership and (2) developing a place-specific strategy grounded in the cultural–experiential model of risk. We propose that practitioners need to consider a community's ecology and social context of risk as it pertains to wicked problems. These factors will determine how a diverse community interprets and responds to environmental communication and capacity-building efforts.

Publication Date

2009

Journal Title

Applied Environmental Education & Communication

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1080/15330150903269464

Document Type

Article