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Examining Stakeholder Perspectives of Large Marine Protected Areas: A Q-Method Study

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dc.contributor.advisor Gray, Noella Artis, Evan John 2017-12-21T20:01:01Z 2017-12-21T20:01:01Z 2017-12 2017-12-18 2017-12-21
dc.description.abstract This thesis critically examines stakeholders’ perspectives of large marine protected areas (marine protected areas greater than 100,000km2). Despite awareness that studying people’s perspectives can improve conservation initiatives, there has been little research on perspectives of large marine protected areas (LMPAs). Drawing on two conservation social science fields – human dimensions of conservation and political ecology – this thesis uses Q-Method to elicit the perspectives of forty stakeholders involved with five LMPA sites (three established and two proposed). The results identify five distinct perspectives of LMPAs, illustrating that stakeholders are not simply either for or against LMPAs but have nuanced opinions that vary across and within sites and stakeholder groups. LMPAs are not inherently strong or weak approaches for marine conservation; what matters is the perspective of people involved and the execution of particular LMPAs. Such understanding is required to ensure these grand initiatives in marine conservation are both effective and equitable. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship The Oak Foundation, The Waitt Foundation, Lyda Hill, and The Tiffany & Co. Foundation en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Large Marine Protected Areas en_US
dc.subject Q-Method en_US
dc.subject Stakeholder Perspectives en_US
dc.subject Conservation Social Science en_US
dc.subject Human Dimensions of Conservation en_US
dc.subject Political Ecology en_US
dc.subject Marine Conservation en_US
dc.title Examining Stakeholder Perspectives of Large Marine Protected Areas: A Q-Method Study en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US Geography en_US Master of Arts en_US Department of Geography en_US
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