Collaborating for sustainable water and energy management: Assessment and categorisation of Indigenous involvement in remote Australian communities

Collaborating for sustainable water and energy management: Assessment and categorisation of Indigenous involvement in remote Australian communities Journal Article

Sustainability

  • Author(s): Jackson, Melissa, Stewart, Rodney A., Fielding, Kelly S., Cochrane, Jessie, Beal, Cara D.
  • Published: 2019
  • Volume: 11
  • ISBN: 2071-1050

Abstract: Indigenous peoples living in remote areas are often reliant on Governments for essential services and local economic development opportunities. Collaboration and partnership in resource planning and management is espoused as an approach that can provide multiple benefits for all stakeholders including more robust and long-lasting decisions, relationship-building and trust between government and community members as well as capacity building and empowerment of citizens. In Australia however, little evidence from the remote Indigenous community context is available to inform successful collaborations. This paper presents novel research using thematic analysis of practitioner interviews and document review to analyse the current situation of service-provider- remote community engagement and collaboration for sustainable water and energy management. An adapted typology of Indigenous engagement is applied as an analytical framework, categorising water and energy management initiatives according to four key types, each with varying levels of collaboration and implications for sustainable water and energy. Application of the typology shows that technocratic approaches to community engagement continue to dominate this space as collaborative processes are constrained by a range of institutional, governance, technical and cultural factors. The findings have implications for research, policy and practice, and point to a need for a systemic approach to address barriers and facilitate genuine collaboration.

Notes: collaboration indigenous sustainable water sustainable energy community development systemic

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Jackson, Melissa, Stewart, Rodney A., Fielding, Kelly S., Cochrane, Jessie, Beal, Cara D., 2019, Collaborating for sustainable water and energy management: Assessment and categorisation of Indigenous involvement in remote Australian communities, Volume:11, Journal Article, viewed 20 July 2019, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=14525.

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