Energy for whom? uranium mining, indigenous people, and navigating risk and rights in Australia

Graetz, Geordan (2015) Energy for whom? uranium mining, indigenous people, and navigating risk and rights in Australia. Energy Research and Social Science, 8 113-126. doi:10.1016/j.erss.2015.05.006


Author Graetz, Geordan
Title Energy for whom? uranium mining, indigenous people, and navigating risk and rights in Australia
Journal name Energy Research and Social Science   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 2214-6296
2214-6326
Publication date 2015-07
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.erss.2015.05.006
Open Access Status
Volume 8
Start page 113
End page 126
Total pages 14
Place of publication Amsterdam, Netherlands
Publisher Elsevier
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Relationships between uranium companies and Traditional Owners traditionally have been characterised by conflict, negative impacts and the denial of rights, especially in Australia. It is estimated that 70 per cent of global uranium deposits are located on the traditional lands of First Peoples, while in Canada and Australia, the percentages are higher. Although opposition to uranium developments remains high, First Peoples increasingly are receptive to uranium developments on their lands. This paper explores engagement between uranium companies and Traditional Owners and identifies avenues to improve relationships. The Ranger uranium mine in Australia's Northern Territory is used as an empirical vehicle through which the following question is answered: can more mutually beneficial outcomes be achieved through greater attention to the rights of First Peoples and to the social and business risks precipitated by uranium developments? Based on the findings of the Ranger case study, the paper that risks and impacts can be reduced or ameliorated through greater emphasis on the rights of First Peoples and the risks to and from operations. Corporate risk and impact assessment tools and processes should work in tandem with, and facilitate, grass-roots relationships between companies and Traditional Owners in order to create shared value.
Keyword Uranium mining
Ranger
First Peoples
Rights
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining Publications
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