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Opening the research agenda for selection of hot spots for human biomonitoring research in Belgium: a participatory research project

Hans Keune, Bert Morrens, Kim Croes, Ann Colles, Gudrun Koppen, Johan Springael, Ilse Loots, Karen Van Campenhout, Hana Chovanova and Greet Schoeters, et al. (2010) ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH. 9.
abstract
Background: In order to select priority hotspots for environment and health research in Flanders (Belgium), an open procedure was organized. Environment and health hotspots are strong polluting point sources with possible health effects for residents living in the vicinity of the hot spot. The selection procedure was part of the work of the Flemish Centre of Expertise for Environment and Health, which investigates the relation between environmental pollution and human health. The project is funded and steered by the Flemish government. Methods: The involvement of other actors than merely experts is inspired by the 'analytical-deliberative' approach of the National Research Council in the United States and the extended peer community approach. These approaches stress the importance of involving different expert- and social perspectives in order to increase the knowledge base on complex issues. In the procedure used in the project a combination of expert and stakeholder input was essential. The final decision was supported by a multi-criteria analysis of expert assessment and stakeholder advice. Results: The endeavour was challenging from the start because of the complicated ambition of including a diversity of actors, potential hotspots, concerns and assessment criteria, but nevertheless the procedure proved its value in both structuring and informing the decision-making process. Moreover the process gained the support of most actors participating in the process, even though the final selection could not satisfy all preferences. Conclusions: Opening the research agenda exemplifies the value of inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation as well as the need for a well-structured and negotiated procedure that combines relevant factors and actors with pragmatism. The value of such a process also needs to prove itself in practice after the procedure has been completed: the tension between an ambition of openness on the one hand and a more closed attitude amongst experts on the other will continue to play a role even after closure.
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IMPACT ASSESSMENT, EXPOSURE, HEALTH
journal title
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Environ. Health
volume
9
article_number
33
pages
14 pages
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Article
Web of Science id
000282289300001
JCR category
ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES
JCR impact factor
2.45 (2010)
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48/192 (2010)
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2 (2010)
ISSN
1476-069X
DOI
10.1186/1476-069X-9-33
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English
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1250015
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-1250015
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  abstract     = {Background: In order to select priority hotspots for environment and health research in Flanders (Belgium), an open procedure was organized. Environment and health hotspots are strong polluting point sources with possible health effects for residents living in the vicinity of the hot spot. The selection procedure was part of the work of the Flemish Centre of Expertise for Environment and Health, which investigates the relation between environmental pollution and human health. The project is funded and steered by the Flemish government.
Methods: The involvement of other actors than merely experts is inspired by the 'analytical-deliberative' approach of the National Research Council in the United States and the extended peer community approach. These approaches stress the importance of involving different expert- and social perspectives in order to increase the knowledge base on complex issues. In the procedure used in the project a combination of expert and stakeholder input was essential. The final decision was supported by a multi-criteria analysis of expert assessment and stakeholder advice.
Results: The endeavour was challenging from the start because of the complicated ambition of including a diversity of actors, potential hotspots, concerns and assessment criteria, but nevertheless the procedure proved its value in both structuring and informing the decision-making process. Moreover the process gained the support of most actors participating in the process, even though the final selection could not satisfy all preferences.
Conclusions: Opening the research agenda exemplifies the value of inter- and transdisciplinary cooperation as well as the need for a well-structured and negotiated procedure that combines relevant factors and actors with pragmatism. The value of such a process also needs to prove itself in practice after the procedure has been completed: the tension between an ambition of openness on the one hand and a more closed attitude amongst experts on the other will continue to play a role even after closure.},
  articleno    = {33},
  author       = {Keune, Hans and Morrens, Bert and Croes, Kim and Colles, Ann and Koppen, Gudrun and Springael, Johan and Loots, Ilse and Van Campenhout, Karen and Chovanova, Hana and Schoeters, Greet and Nelen, Vera and Baeyens, Willy and Van Larebeke, Nicolas},
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  journal      = {ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH},
  keyword      = {IMPACT ASSESSMENT,EXPOSURE,HEALTH},
  language     = {eng},
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  title        = {Opening the research agenda for selection of hot spots for human biomonitoring research in Belgium: a participatory research project},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1476-069X-9-33},
  volume       = {9},
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Chicago
Keune, Hans, Bert Morrens, Kim Croes, Ann Colles, Gudrun Koppen, Johan Springael, Ilse Loots, et al. 2010. “Opening the Research Agenda for Selection of Hot Spots for Human Biomonitoring Research in Belgium: a Participatory Research Project.” Environmental Health 9.
APA
Keune, H., Morrens, B., Croes, K., Colles, A., Koppen, G., Springael, J., Loots, I., et al. (2010). Opening the research agenda for selection of hot spots for human biomonitoring research in Belgium: a participatory research project. ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH, 9.
Vancouver
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Keune H, Morrens B, Croes K, Colles A, Koppen G, Springael J, et al. Opening the research agenda for selection of hot spots for human biomonitoring research in Belgium: a participatory research project. ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH. 2010;9.
MLA
Keune, Hans, Bert Morrens, Kim Croes, et al. “Opening the Research Agenda for Selection of Hot Spots for Human Biomonitoring Research in Belgium: a Participatory Research Project.” ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH 9 (2010): n. pag. Print.