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Unruly ComplexityEcology, Interpretation, Engagement$
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Peter J. Taylor

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780226790350

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226790398.001.0001

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Reconstructing Heterogeneous Webs in Socio-Environmental Research

Reconstructing Heterogeneous Webs in Socio-Environmental Research

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Unruly Complexity
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In 1977, the Ministry of the State Government overseeing water resource issues commissioned the “Institute,” an economic and social research organization in Melbourne, the capital city 240 kilometers south of the Kerang region, to study the region's economic future. An agricultural economist from the Ministry and the principal investigator from the Institute formulated a project to evaluate different government policies, such as funding regional drainage systems, reallocating water rights, and raising water charges. This evaluation would take into account the possible changes in the mix of farm enterprises and in farming practices, such as improvements in irrigation layout, drainage, and water management. The analysis was to be repeated for different macroeconomic scenarios as projected by the Institute's national forecasting models. The central part of the project was the construction of the Kerang Farm Model.

Keywords:   Melbourne, Kerang, Kerang Farm Model, water management

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