What is it about?

In this regard, the current research aims to evaluate the sustainability of agricultural and natural resources in East Azerbaijan Province in Iran by using conjoint analysis.

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Why is it important?

Finding an appropriate weighting methodology is one of the major challenges in measuring sustainability. Conjoint analysis (also known as choice models or experiments) presents a flexible framework which could be adopted for a variety of specific applications and allows drawing comparisons among various stakeholder groups based on how they perceive sustainability.


Economic, social and environmental dimensions were considered as the aspects of sustainability, and each of them included some indicators. The relative importance of sustainability indicators is determined from the perspectives of scientists and experts. The results show that all respondents identify environmental aspects as the most important sustainability dimension; and in this dimension indicators of groundwater level, nitrate concentration in groundwater and agricultural water use have the most relative importance. The results of this study can be used to design efficient policies for sustainable management of natural resources and agricultural systems in the same conditions.

Dr. javad nematian
University of Tabriz

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This page is a summary of: Selecting Weighting Methodologies for Evaluating Agricultural Sustainability: An Example from Iran, Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers - Engineering Sustainability, June 2018, ICE Publishing, DOI: 10.1680/jensu.18.00004.
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