Eco System Services – Decision Making

Whole-Decision Network Analysis (WD-NACE)

The WD-NACE team will be working with partners in Kenya and in Bangladesh to understand coastal resource use and management and their implications for human well-being and poverty alleviation.

The ‘whole decision network’ of the title indicates that the research will assess integration of locally-grounded knowledge about climate change, ecosystem health and resource use to power and decision networks.  The main objectives are to understand:

  • How human actors working autonomously as well as within the power networks generate, share and select knowledge and act upon it;

This will help understanding of ‘how decisions are made’ for coastal resource use and management and can also contribute towards creating a locally-validated knowledge base for poverty reduction.

The overall aim is to help decision takers at all levels, both in situ and internationally, to better understand what knowledges resource-users cum decision-takers at the local level utilise to dermine their action.

WD-NACE will focus on understanding how the actions of human actors influence ecosystem services and poverty alleviation and how these ‘outputs’ in turn influence their actions (see diagram).

Main expected findings

WD-NACE will develop a conceptual framework that links ecosystem and livelihood domains to knowledge networks and decision structures.  It will make novel applications of mathematical and computational tools within the context of participatory research methods.

Key personnel include

Mr Mostafa Aktheruzzaman, Sushilan;  Dr Sukaina Bharwani, SEI Oxford Office;  Ms Tahia Devisscher, SEI Oxford Office;  Dr John Forrester, University of York, SEI & York Centre for Complex Systems Analysis (YCCSA);  Mr Ahmadul Hassan, CEGIS;  Dr Dwijen Mallick, BCAS;  Ms Nilufar Matin, University of York, SEI;

Dr David Obura, CORDIO East Africa;  Professor Dave Raffaelli,  University of York, Environment Dept;  Dr Atiq Rahman, BCAS;  Dr Carolyn Snell, University of York, Dept of Social Policy & Social Work; Dr Samarthia Thankappan, University of York, Environment Dept; Dr Richard Taylor, SEI Oxford Office;  Mr Corrado Topi, University of York, SEI; and Mr Innocent Wanyonyi, CORDIO East Africa.


  • The University of York
  • Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
  • Coastal Oceans Research and Development in the Indian Ocean (CORDIO) East Africa
  • Kenya Marine and Fisheries Research Institute (KMFRI)
  • Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS)
  • Centre for Environmental and Geographic Information Services (CEGIS), Bangladesh
  • Sushilan, Bangladesh
  • United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

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