How could Nautilus Minerals get a social licence to operate the world's first deep sea mine?

Filer, Colin, and Gabriel, Jennifer (2018) How could Nautilus Minerals get a social licence to operate the world's first deep sea mine? Marine Policy, 95. pp. 394-400.

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It is now twenty years since people began to debate the question of how mining companies could show that they possessed a ‘social licence’ for industrial activities that are known to have significant environmental and social costs. Amongst those who believe that the concept has some significance beyond the realm of corporate propaganda, there has been a growing tendency to treat it as something that has to be obtained from local communities who bear most of these costs, and therefore have to be convinced that the costs are outweighed by the benefits. This paper shows how this definition poses a particular problem for the operators of deep sea mining projects because of the uncertainties that surround the definition of the community from whom the licence needs to be obtained. It also shows how different actors, including corporate actors, have tried to shape the ‘negotiation space’ in which to debate the presence or absence of a social licence for the world's first deep sea mine in Papua New Guinea.

Item ID: 47633
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1872-9460
Keywords: deep sea mining; social licence; Papua New Guinea
Copyright Information: 0308-597X/ © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved
Funders: Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
Projects and Grants: AusAID Agreement 66462
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2017 05:56
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440101 Anthropology of development @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4401 Anthropology > 440107 Social and cultural anthropology @ 50%
SEO Codes: 96 ENVIRONMENT > 9607 Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards > 960701 Coastal and Marine Management Policy @ 100%
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