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Type: Journal article
Title: Reviewing the decision-making behaviour of Irrigators
Author: Meempatta, L.
Webb, A.
Horne, A.
Keogh, L.
Loch, A.
Stewardson, M.
Citation: WIREs. Water, 2019; 6(5):e1366-1-e1366-29
Publisher: Wiley
Issue Date: 2019
ISSN: 2325-2219
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Lubna Meempatta, A. James Webb, Avril C. Horne, Louise Anne Keogh, Adam Loch, Michael J. Stewardson
Abstract: The contribution of agriculture to society is undeniable, as is its impact on the environment. Irrigators' decisions to follow best management practices or implement a policy change, to accept a technology, or even to exit farming, all affect society. Hence the decision‐making behavior of irrigators is of interest to politicians, policymakers, and researchers due to their impact on resource use and social concerns for their welfare. There are numerous studies available regarding the decision‐making behavior of irrigators. Most of them concentrate on decisions within a single time frame, single decisions with multiple driving forces, or multiple decisions with a single driving force. We have conducted a comprehensive review of the existing literature related to irrigators' decision‐making behavior. We used a systematic method to identify relevant publications and used qualitative data analysis (content analysis) to analyze trends and/or patterns across the selected articles. This research provided a typology and an overarching high‐level framework of irrigators' decision‐making process irrespective of the types of decisions made. The results of the study demonstrate that it is highly beneficial to integrate both qualitative and quantitative methods in a single study to get a complete picture of irrigators' decision‐making process. This allows us to ensure that we have captured the relevant drivers of decision‐making in highly dynamic and complex environments. Better knowledge of irrigators' decision‐making process allows regulators to shape improved agricultural policy and increase acceptance by irrigators of technologies that allow water managers to allocate resources fairly among different stakeholders.
Keywords: decision-making framework; irrigators' decision-making behavior; qualitative and quantitative research methods; qualitative content analysis
Rights: © 2019 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
RMID: 0030121138
DOI: 10.1002/wat2.1366
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