Justice

Resource management, legacies and impacted communities

It matters how, and by whom, natural resources are managed. This research project broadly concerns who gets to make decisions about natural resources – planners, state actors, corporations, Indigenous and local communities – and how those decisions are made. It examines what knowledges are produced and contested in debates over the management of natural resources, and whose knowledge counts. The research also investigates the material impacts of resource management practices on communities and their on-going legacies, such as the social and environmental impacts of mining and mine closure, and the impacts of strategic planning decisions for local communities. Finally, the research seeks to understand how natural resource planning and management can better account for issues of social and environmental justice, with a particular focus on the traditional lands of Indigenous peoples.

This research is funded by The Swedish Research Council for Sustainable Development, The Norwegian Research Council and the Nordic Council of Ministers.