A one-day, inter-disciplinary workshop for social and economic scientists, organised by the Australian Sociological Association’s Rural Issues Thematic Group
The social and economic changes associated with large scale mineral resource extraction are key issues for rural society in Australia and internationally. Resource extraction has played an important role in Australia since European settlement and continues to do so. However, there are some indications that Australia’s current resources ‘boom’ may be qualitatively different from past experiences:
* Perspectives on extraction of energy resources are now framed by debates over energy futures, in the context of climate change, with nuclear power generation potentially back on the table.
*Coal seam gas wells are bringing resource extraction directly onto the farm, rather than just in the local region, and yet with a projected spatial scale of operations that is unprecedented. Gas extraction is a widely distributed operation, in contrast with a mine-site. How are the experiences around coal seam gas similar to and different from the resources story to date?
Social scientists in Australia have been actively researching the social and economic implications of resource extraction for rural communities for some decades. The intent of this workshop is to bring together researchers engaged in this area.
Abstracts due 10 Feb, 2012