Assessing social and economic impacts associated with changes in the coal mining industry in the Bowen Basin, Queensland, Australia

Ivanova, Galina, Rolfe, John, Lockie, Stewart, and Timmer, Vanessa (2007) Assessing social and economic impacts associated with changes in the coal mining industry in the Bowen Basin, Queensland, Australia. Management of Environmental Quality, 18 (2). pp. 211-228.

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Abstract

Purpose: The coal mining industry makes a key contribution to the Queensland economy, and is the underlying driver of employment and economic conditions in many local and regional communities. This article aims to focus on how the social and economic impacts of mining should be assessed and negotiated with local and regional communities.

Design/Methodology/Approach: The following assessment tools were trialed to ascertain the impacts on communities of changes in the mining industry: extended stakeholder analysis of key community representatives; economic modeling of changes in the level of mining activity; a random survey of householders involving choice experiments to assess tradeoffs; and experimental workshops to assess how residents were prepared to prioritise different community development options.

Findings: The results showed that impact assessment should be addressed using different economic and social science tools to ensure regulatory approval as well as community acceptance.

Originality/Value: This article suggests alternative social and economic impact assessment mechanisms that can be applied to any industry and any situation (e.g. growth, decline, new development, simultaneous changes).

Item ID: 30858
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: Australia, coal mining, stakeholder analysis, social audit, input/output analysis, modelling
ISSN: 1477-7835
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2016 02:42
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160802 Environmental Sociology @ 50%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160801 Applied Sociology, Program Evaluation and Social Impact Assessment @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9605 Ecosystem Assessment and Management > 960508 Ecosystem Assessment and Management of Mining Environments @ 80%
96 ENVIRONMENT > 9606 Environmental and Natural Resource Evaluation > 960601 Economic Incentives for Environmental Protection @ 20%
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