Multicriteria Mapping Manual - Version 2.0

111 Pages Posted: 25 Nov 2016

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Josie Coburn

University of Sussex

Andy Stirling

University of Sussex

Date Written: November 21, 2016

Abstract

Multicriteria mapping (MCM) is an interactive appraisal method for exploring contrasting perspectives on complex strategic and policy issues. The tool aims to help 'open up' technical assessment by systematically 'mapping' the practical implications of alternative options, issues, uncertainties and values.

MCM uniquely bridges qualitative and quantitative approaches, and helps to get the best of both. It allows great flexibility, offering an appraisal method that is strongly grounded in theory but highly unconstrained in practice. This versatility has been reflected in its use internationally to explore contentious decisions in the fields of energy strategy, food production, environmental policy, radioactive waste management and public health.

This MCM Manual offers basic advice on how to do multicriteria mapping. It suggests how to: design and build a typical MCM project; engage with participants; and analyse results – and get the most out of the online MCM tool. The online MCM software tool provides its own operational help so the manual is more focused on the general approach.

Keywords: civil nuclear power; nuclear energy strategies; UK energy policy; nuclear weapons; nuclear-propelled submarines; incumbency; lock-in; renewable energy; technological discontinuation; sociotechnical transformation; theories of power; institutional theory; political science; science and technology stu

Suggested Citation

Coburn, Josie and Stirling, Andy, Multicriteria Mapping Manual - Version 2.0 (November 21, 2016). SWPS 2016-21, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2873524 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2873524

Josie Coburn (Contact Author)

University of Sussex ( email )

Sussex House
Falmer
Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RH
United Kingdom

Andy Stirling

University of Sussex ( email )

Sussex House
Falmer
Brighton, Sussex BNI 9RH
United Kingdom

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