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A Novel Preference Elicitation Technique Based on a Graph Model and Its Application to a Brownfield Redevelopment Conflict in China

College of Economics and Management, Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Nanjing 211106, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(21), 4088; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16214088
Received: 19 September 2019 / Revised: 19 October 2019 / Accepted: 20 October 2019 / Published: 24 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Water Resources and Hydro-Ecology)
Disputes are very common and pervasive in brownfield redevelopment projects, in which multiple stakeholders or decision-makers (DMs) strategically interact with each other with a conflict of interest. The preference information of DMs involved plays a vital role in identifying possible outcomes or resolutions for resolving a tough brownfield conflict. In this research, a novel preference ranking technique is purposefully proposed within the graph model for conflict resolution (GMCR) paradigm to effectively and accurately garner DMs’ actual preferences, in which states are ranked according to their similarities and closeness to the most and least preferred states instead of subjective option statements or weights in traditional preference ranking methods. Finally, a real-world brownfield conflict which occurred in China is utilized to show how the proposed preference ranking method can be applied for conveniently obtaining the true preference information of DMs and strategically determining the equilibria of a given dispute. The case study indicates that the novel preference elicitation approach is more objective and reasonable than the traditional option prioritization method. Moreover, there exists an equilibrium which can provide strategic advice and meaningful insights for addressing the brownfield conflict. View Full-Text
Keywords: graph model for conflict resolution; conflict analysis; preference elicitation; brownfield redevelopment conflicts graph model for conflict resolution; conflict analysis; preference elicitation; brownfield redevelopment conflicts
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Zhao, S.; Xu, H. A Novel Preference Elicitation Technique Based on a Graph Model and Its Application to a Brownfield Redevelopment Conflict in China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 4088.

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Zhao S, Xu H. A Novel Preference Elicitation Technique Based on a Graph Model and Its Application to a Brownfield Redevelopment Conflict in China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2019; 16(21):4088.

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Zhao, Shinan; Xu, Haiyan. 2019. "A Novel Preference Elicitation Technique Based on a Graph Model and Its Application to a Brownfield Redevelopment Conflict in China" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 16, no. 21: 4088.

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