Of Toil and Trouble: Coal Seam Gas, Conflicted Communities and the Promise of Prosperity
Terrace Lounge Seminar Room
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Coal seam gas promised to be a relatively trouble-free rich source of profits for industry, for governments and for local communities. Yet, it has proved divisive, generating significant protest against exploitation of the resource. This seminar explores the different dimensions of this conflict through analysing how a social licence to operate is understood by those involved in protest and counter protest. The analysis illustrates how feelings of identity and belonging shape how the technology is viewed together with its potential for benefit or harm. The resulting social conflict multiplies the challenges in generating an environmentally sustainable, socially just and economically viable future.
This seminar is part of the Troubling Policy Seminar Series run by the Melbourne School of Government.