Local land use conflicts in a polyrational arena

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Project title: The nature and dynamics of local land use conflicts in a polyrational arena
Project type/Program: The Czech Science Foundation (GACR)
Project No: 20–11782S
Team: principal investigator doc. Mgr. Pavel Raška, Ph.D. (UJEP Ústí nad Labem), co-investigator Mgr. Stanislav Martinát, Ph.D. (Institute of Geonics AV ČR, v.v.i.)
Project period: 2020–2022
Project description: With growing pressure on land, conflicting values and rationalizations may result in land use conflicts and globally pose fundamental dilemmas for decision-makers. Combining the stance of natural sciences and social geography, we focus on local land use conflicts − the situations where strategies and policies meet varying perspectives at a local level. Using the Czech case study, we aim at different priorities (brownfield regeneration, energy landscapes, flood management and rural development) that are frequently encountered in similar territorial settings and create local land use conflicts. First, we will conduct a country-wide quantitative analyses of the extent and dynamics of conflicting land use transitions. Second, we will apply the process-tracing based on documentary data, semi-structured questionnaires with stakeholders and face-to-face questionnaires in local communities to explore rationalizations leading to land use decisions in case studies. Finally, we aim to establish a typology of local land use conflicts and suggest the regionally-based guiding principles for their adaptive management.