Strange bedfellows or an aligning of values? exploration of stakeholder values in an alliance of concerned citizens against coal seam gas mining

Colvin, Rebecca M., Witt, G. Bradd and Lacey, Justine (2015) Strange bedfellows or an aligning of values? exploration of stakeholder values in an alliance of concerned citizens against coal seam gas mining. Land Use Policy, 42 392-399. doi:10.1016/j.landusepol.2014.08.014


Author Colvin, Rebecca M.
Witt, G. Bradd
Lacey, Justine
Title Strange bedfellows or an aligning of values? exploration of stakeholder values in an alliance of concerned citizens against coal seam gas mining
Journal name Land Use Policy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0264-8377
1873-5754
Publication date 2015-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.landusepol.2014.08.014
Volume 42
Start page 392
End page 399
Total pages 8
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In the inter-stakeholder relations in environmental and natural resource management disputes, farmers and environmentalists have traditionally fallen along opposing lines arguably due to seemingly incompatible values and fundamental differences between the groups. However, the expansion of the coal seam gas (CSG) industry has resulted in outrage and opposition from farming groups, environmentalists, and communities, leading to an alliance of these “strange bedfellows”. This study explored the opposition movement to CSG in Australia with the use of techniques from social psychology to investigate whether shared values provided the common ground for the alliance. An online survey of values was conducted (N = 197) with members of the CSG opposition alliance. No evidence was found to support the hypothesis that this alliance of stakeholders is comprised of two distinct sub-groups; farmers and environmentalists. The personal values of the respondents were highly inter-compatible, and aligned with social altruism. Sub-clusters were identified which corresponded with the extent to which respondents considered the CSG industry to impact on their lives. This research challenges the appropriateness of predetermined stakeholder classifications being applied to environmental and natural resource management issues, and highlights values as a relevant social factor in the cooperation potential of oft-conflicting stakeholder groups.
Keyword Australia
Land use conflict
Environmentalists
Farmers
Landholders
Coal seam gas
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 13 September 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management Publications
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