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Understanding influence and action in Learning and Action Alliances: Experience from the Newcastle Blue-Green vision

O'Donnell, Emily C.; Snelling, Andrea M.; Lamond, Jessica E.


Emily C. O'Donnell

Andrea M. Snelling

Jessica Lamond
College Dean for Research & Enterprise


The Learning and Action Alliance (LAA) framework is increasingly valued as an approach to facilitate social learning and action by enabling collaboration within and between organisations, breaking down barriers to information sharing and facilitating co-development of innovative visions to address key environmental and societal challenges. While the social learning potential of LAAs has been documented in detail, the role of ‘action’ is relatively unexplored and there is little research into how LAAs might evolve over time to ensure longevity. Here, we explore the key achievements and limitations of the Newcastle LAA (established in 2014) through interviews with 15 LAA members. We find that interpretations of the concept of ‘action’ influences perceptions of the LAA's success. We update the structural framework of the LAA and expand the implementation phase to better reflect the agents of change that impact the LAAs' ability to apply their vision to demonstration projects. Finally, we explore the longevity of the Newcastle LAA and conclude that after running for 8 years, there may be a cyclical nature to whole-group visioning and a move towards greater intra-organisational learning. This demonstrates a shift in the primary role of the LAA over time, from learning towards greater influence and action.


O'Donnell, E. C., Snelling, A. M., & Lamond, J. E. (in press). Understanding influence and action in Learning and Action Alliances: Experience from the Newcastle Blue-Green vision. Journal of Flood Risk Management, e12868.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 17, 2022
Online Publication Date Oct 28, 2022
Deposit Date Oct 29, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 31, 2022
Journal Journal of Flood Risk Management
Electronic ISSN 1753-318X
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages e12868
Keywords Water Science and Technology; Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality; Geography, Planning and Development; Environmental Engineering
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