How competence-based stakeholder inclusion can facilitate decision making in inter-regional transportation planning issues

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Abstract

Decision making in inter-regional transportation planning is often hampered by diverging interests and the unclear distribution of responsibilities among stakeholders. In such situations, existing group decision-making methods are of limited use due to their inability to reflect real-world power relations. This contribution presents the use of the competence-based multi criteria analysis (COMCA) as a novel method to both identify the preferences of stakeholders and to reach consensus among those stakeholders in a complex multi-institutional context. The method is demonstrated using the case study of a rail infrastructure planning project in the Brussels Metropolitan Area, which involves stakeholders of three regions on multiple institutional levels.

As an extension of the multi-actor multi-criteria analysis (Macharis, 2005), the COMCA selects and classifies stakeholders by their competences regarding the project in question. As for the implementation of the project approval is needed on all competence levels, the COMCA first aggregates preferences of stakeholders of the separate competence levels, before aggregating those competence level preferences into one overall preference.
The case study is expected to show that even if stakeholder interests strongly diverge on the individual level due to stakeholder-specific or location-specific interests, differences are not that outspoken between competence levels, which facilitates negotiations. The COMCA therefore seems to be a promising tool to facilitate decision making in inter-regional transportation planning issues.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusUnpublished - 2015
EventRGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2015 - Exeter, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Sep 20154 Sep 2015

Conference

ConferenceRGS-IBG Annual International Conference 2015
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityExeter
Period1/09/154/09/15

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