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Stakeholder Power Dynamics in Environmental Decision Making:A Case Study of the 2012 FVMargiris ‘Super Trawler’Fishing Dilemma in Australia
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Science and Technology, Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The involvement of diverse stakeholders in the decision making process and the acknowledgement of their multiple and often conflicting objectives is accepted as a critical ingredient in arriving at environmentally responsible outcomes which balance long term environmental sustainability with pragmatic, short term realities. While existing literature has accepted that unequal power dynamics between actors exist in the process of environmental decision making, little coverage has been given to evaluating the extent to which these dynamics shape and distort the end outcome of such a decision, as well as identifying the sources of stakeholder power and influence during complex environmental negotiations, and how these sources may differ from conventional sources of power that are prevalent during other contexts of stakeholder negotiation. Drawing on a theoretical framework primarily from the realms of stakeholder theory, environmental decision-making and sociological power relations, this study utilizes the context of the Dutch-owned fishing vessel FV Margiris and its pursuit to conduct fishing operations in Australian waters. Utilizing existing academic literature, conventional and social media, public submissions and government documents, this study tells the story of how and why the second largest fishing vessel in the world was allowed entry to and then turned away from Australia in 2012. The study concludes that unequal power dynamics can have a significant influence on the end outcome of environmental negotiations, and that the primary sources of power which enable this are ability to influence legal frameworks, relationship with the public, reputational protection and identity advancement, and power derived from conglomeration and coalitions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 49 p.
, Examensarbete vid Institutionen för geovetenskaper, ISSN 1650-6553, ISSN 1650-6553 ; 225
Keyword [en]
Decision making, fishing, power, sustainable development, stakeholder
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Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-254461OAI: diva2:818315
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Sustainable development
Educational program
Master Programme in Sustainable Development
2015-05-29, Geocentrum, Villavägen 16, Uppsala, 14:23 (English)
Available from: 2015-06-09 Created: 2015-06-08 Last updated: 2015-06-09Bibliographically approved

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