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Five pillars for stakeholder analyses in sustainability transformations: The global case of phosphorus

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  • C. Lyon
  • D. Cordell
  • B. Jacobs
  • J. Martin-Ortega
  • R. Marshall
  • M.A. Camargo-Valero
  • E. Sherry
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>31/05/2020
<mark>Journal</mark>Environmental Science and Policy
Number of pages10
Pages (from-to)80-89
Publication StatusPublished
Early online date28/02/20
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Phosphorus is a critical agricultural nutrient and a major pollutant in waterbodies due to inefficient use. In the form of rock phosphate it is a finite global commodity vulnerable to price shocks and sourcing challenges. Transforming toward sustainable phosphorus management involves local to global stakeholders. Conventional readings of stakeholders may not reflect system complexity leaving it difficult to see stakeholder roles in transformations. We attempt to remedy this issue with a novel stakeholder analysis method based on five qualitative pillars: stakeholder agency, system roles, power and influence, alignment to the problem, and transformational potential. We argue that our approach suits case studies of individual stakeholders, stakeholder groups, and organisations with relationships to sustainability challenges.