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Arctic petroleum's community impacts: Local perceptions from Hammerfest, Norway

Loe, JSP; Kelman, I; (2016) Arctic petroleum's community impacts: Local perceptions from Hammerfest, Norway. Energy Research & Social Science , 16 pp. 25-34. 10.1016/j.erss.2016.03.008. Green open access

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Abstract

This article examines perceptions of petroleum developments in the Norwegian Arctic town of Hammerfest, especially in the context of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Based on eighteen semi-structured interviews conducted in Hammerfest, the perceived effects of petroleum developments are identified and discussed. Local support for petroleum activity is high, particularly given the upsurge in job opportunities and economic ripple effects, both of which are considered essential to the community's survival. Environmental concerns and opposition to oil and gas are largely ascribed to external forces and do not feature as much in the locals’ perceptions. While CSR is not part of the interviewees' vocabulary, the local population has clear expectations and views about petroleum companies' responsibilities to their community. In order to grasp the full picture of the Arctic petroleum debate, it is important to acknowledge that expectations, desires, and reality on the ground will sometimes diverge strongly from non-local considerations.

Type: Article
Title: Arctic petroleum's community impacts: Local perceptions from Hammerfest, Norway
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2016.03.008
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2016.03.008
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2016 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/).
Keywords: Arctic; Petroleum; Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR); Northern Norway
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Maths and Physical Sciences > Inst for Risk and Disaster Reduction
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1477389
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