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Bueren, E.M. van, E.T. Lammerts van Bueren and A.J. van der Zijpp. 2014. Understanding wicked problems and organized irresponsibility: challenges for governing the sustainable intensification of chicken meat production. Current Opinion in Environmental Sustainability. 8(June 2014):1-14.


DOI: 10.1016/j.cosust.2014.06.002

Type of document: Journal Article

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Prof. dr. Edith T. Lammerts van Bueren Ph.D.


Language of document: English

Title in English: Understanding wicked problems and organized irresponsibility: challenges for governing the sustainable intensification of chicken meat production

Abstract / summary in English:

Framing sustainable intensification as a wicked problem reveals how inherent trade-offs and resulting uncertainty and ambiguity block integrated problem solving as promoted by sustainable chain management approaches to production and consumption. The fragmented institutional set-up of the chains avoids that individual actors take responsibility for risks they helped to produce, resulting in ‘organized irresponsibility’. Governance arrangements for sustainable chain management focus especially on reducing risk and uncertainty and ignore trade-offs instead of acknowledging them. For the Dutch chicken meat chain, this article explores how wicked problems and organized irresponsibility influence governance opportunities for sustainable intensification.


Keywords in English: Chicken, sustainable chain management
Understanding wicked problems and organized irresponsibility: challenges for governing the sustainable intensification of chicken meat production