Stakeholders in Environmental Science


This module introduces students to the key stakeholders in environmental management, and how to find out what their remits are at local, national and international scale. This will be done through site visits and invited speakers identified by the students. The students will then use the knowledge in role-play to develop an understanding of multi-stakeholder decision taking process.


This module aims to teach the student how to identify key stakeholders, what their role is in environmental science, their main remit and working methods and to understand how multi-stakeholder decision-making processes are used to establish environmental goals.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Demonstrate a critical understanding of the varied landscape of stakeholders in environmental science in the UK ranging from policy, regulation, SME's, local authorities and research.

2.  Demonstrate in depth understanding of the decision taking and regulating bodies at local, national and international scale operating in environmental science.

3.  Demonstrate understanding of the complexity of, and develop skills to engage in, multi-stakeholder decision taking process.

Indicative Content

1 Valuing nature and how it affects decision taking

2 What actors are involved in the process and how

3 Dealing with uncertainty and risk

4 Examples of decision taking in the environment

5 How to gather and value different form of knowledge

6 Role play in multi-stakeholder decision taking

7 Evaluation of multi stakeholder decision taking

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The module uses a combination of lectures, tutorials, site visits to stakeholders and invited lectures by stakeholders. Lectures will introduce the student to concepts involved in decision taking and the complexity of meeting demand from multiple stakeholders. Students will be guided in tutorials to investigate working methods for stakeholders, invite speakerds and organise site-visits. Role playing will be performed with students representing different stakeholders having learned their goals and methods in examples of decision taking defending their representative views.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 10
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Supervised Practical Activity 8
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 26
Independent 142

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.