Group Decisions and Consensus Methods for Conservation Management

Standard decision theory provides a way of determining the rational course of action for a single agent (with a single probability distribution and a singe utility function). Typically, important conservation decisions are made by committees where there is not agreement on the relevant probabilities and utilities. In this project, we survey and evaluate various methods for reaching a rational group decision, with special attention to consensus methods.

This project is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry.

Research Team:
Mark Burgman (Biology, University of Melbourne)
Mark Colyvan (Philosophy, University of Sydney)
Helen Regan (Biology, UC, Riverside)