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Decision taking in times of uncertainty

Towards an efficient strategy to manage risk and uncertainty in climate change adaptation
Energy Decision making Wicked problems Conflict of interest

Our research shows that setting up good governance structures so that they can foster successful decision making and strategic planning outcomes depends on a number of factors. On the basis of our extensive literature review and some recent work with a group dealing with considerable complexity and change, some key aspects have been identified to better enable decision making within a context of uncertainty:

  • gaining inclusive governance approaches and effective stakeholder participation;
  • develop and managing knowledge to support potential actions and implementation;
  • managing power and political uncertainty to achieve effective change, and 
  • fostering innovative approaches to inject new ideas and solutions to deal with the matters at hand.


This document has been obtained from the Victorian Centre for Climate Change Adaptation Research (VCCCAR) online knowledge hub hosted by the University of Melbourne and has been listed in the Virtual Hub for Climate Change Innovation with the permission of the Climate Change Programs division of the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Professor Rod Keenan, School of Ecosystem and Forest Sciences, University of Melbourne. The VCCCAR program funded by the Victorian Government via the then Department of Environment and Primary Industries (later changed to DELWP), ceased activity in June 2014.

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