The values of sustainable development

Project: HDR ProjectPhD

Description

Planning for sustainable development in Northern Australia needs decision-making informed by an interdisciplinary evidence base.
This presentation is based on my PhD research into a model of social and cultural impact assessment of major projects in Northern Australia that delivers socially, culturally, economically and ecologically sustainable development.
Fieldwork incorporated an audit of 120 impact assessments – or regulatory approvals - of projects in the Northern Territory since the Ranger Uranium Mine in 1974 and key informant interviews examining what constitutes a quality assessment. The audit found studies inadequately consider the perspectives of impacted communities. Interviews suggested diverse stakeholders consider regulatory systems generally as inefficient and not participative.
Best practice standards for social impact assessment highlight the role of community values in shaping perceptions of threats and opportunities. However, this element was missing from most impact assessment studies. For regulatory systems and company approaches to meet changing societal expectations, values mapping is suggested. This will serve as an essential weather vane of significance as well as community resilience to change and preparedness to consider trade-offs between positive and negative impacts
The aim of the presentation is to present an approach to values mapping - from sentimental or home values to changing societal values – and the implications of disturbance.
It concludes that values mapping provides a form of ‘people due diligence’ which gives decision-makers a balanced evidence base, proponents an early warning system of community acceptance and communities a chance to provide earlier and meaningful input to strategic land use planning.
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Effective start/end date10/02/17 → …