This book considers the concept of ‘value’ at the root of our actions and decision-making. Value is an ever-present, yet little interrogated aspect of everyday life. This book explores value as it is theorised, practiced and critiqued from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

It examines how value is operationalized, endorsed and contested in contemporary society. With international insights from leading scholars, chapters offer a diverse and vibrant geographical engagement with value to showcase its conceptual flexibility. The book explores value’s eclectic epistemic foundations; it’s ‘roll-out’ and legitimation across a range of policy fields; and its challenges and opportunities. The book draws on global examples of value in practice: from forest conservation in Indonesia; protected area management in arctic Norway; a state park in the US; certification schemes for biodiversity in the UK; protection of the international night sky; heritage planning in East Taiwan; a re-developed airport site in Norway; a, local food networks in Canada and the UK; a market in the US and urban development in China.

The book will be of interest to human geographers, political ecologists, heritage scholars and practitioners, planners and those working in public policy, as well as practitioners and policy makers interested in how valuation processes work.

chapter 1|17 pages

Locating value

An introduction

part I|71 pages

Knowing value

chapter 2|16 pages

Spectral geometries

Value sub specie spatii and sensuous supersensibility

chapter 5|12 pages

“There’s no such thing as a unit of biodiversity”

Contesting value and biodiversity offsetting in England

chapter 6|11 pages

Commensuration as value making

Transforming nature in English biodiversity offsetting under the DEFRA metric

part II|67 pages

Spacing value

chapter 8|12 pages

Urban-planning practice and the transformation of value in China

Evidence from the city of Yangzhou

chapter 9|11 pages

Locating value in the Anthropocene

Baselines and the contested nature of invasive plants

chapter 10|18 pages

“And what do you do with five-hundred million stars?”

Assessment of darkness and the starry sky, values and integration in regional planning

chapter 11|11 pages

Value and diminishment

Listing state park closures, the 2011 attempt to meet general fund reductions in California

part III|53 pages

Practising value

chapter 12|12 pages

Unsettled value

Reidentifying tobacco industrial heritage in eastern Taiwan

chapter 13|13 pages

Locating value(s) in political ecologies of knowledge

The East Svalbard management plan

chapter 14|14 pages

Locating value in food value chains