A review of the impact of mining activity through a community capital framework

Kanakis, Katerina, McShane, Connar Jo, Kilcullen, Meegan Lesley, and Swinbourne, Anne Louise (2018) A review of the impact of mining activity through a community capital framework. International Journal of Sustainability in Economic, Social, and Cultural Context, 14 (1).

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Abstract

Community sustainability is particularly important for communities near mining operations as they can experience significant boom and downturn periods. The sustainability of a community is determined by its environmental, human, social, cultural, public structural, and commercial resources, its community capital. Research has been conducted on each of the elements of community capital; however, little is known regarding the overall impact of mining operations on community capital. Therefore, a review of peer-reviewed literature was conducted to gain insight into existing knowledge on each of the impact of mining operations on community capital. The quality of the chosen papers was appraised using a standardised critical assessment tool. Due to the varied methodology of the papers, the findings were thematically analysed. The results of this review identified that mining activities have negative impacts on the community through environmental degradation and consequent health problems, disruption to social networks, increased burden on public infrastructure, and economic dependence on a sometimes volatile mining industry. Minimising these impacts can increase the sustainability of mining communities after mining operations have reduced or ceased. Additionally, minimising these impacts can enhance community functioning while mining operation levels are at their peak.

Item ID: 55103
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2325-114X
Keywords: sustainability, mining industry, community, capital
Copyright Information: Copyright © Common Ground, Katerina Kanakis, Connar Jo McShane, Meegan Lesley Kilcullen, Anne Louise Swinbourne, All Rights Reserved.
Date Deposited: 28 Aug 2018 23:02
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology @ 30%
11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111708 Health and Community Services @ 30%
16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1608 Sociology > 160810 Urban Sociology and Community Studies @ 40%
SEO Codes: 91 ECONOMIC FRAMEWORK > 9102 Microeconomics > 910205 Industry Policy @ 30%
85 ENERGY > 8502 Mining and Extraction of Energy Resources > 850299 Mining and Extraction of Energy Resources not elsewhere classified @ 35%
92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified @ 35%
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