Key actor perspectives on stakeholder engagement in Omani Environmental Impact Assessment: an application of Q-Methodology

M.D. Cotton, A.A. Mahroos-Alsaiari

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Abstract

Stakeholder engagement (SE), particularly with representatives of locally affected communities, is integral to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) processes, so critical evaluation of SE is necessary across a range of different socio-political contexts. EIA SE practice in the Sultanate of Oman is examined using Q-Methodology, a qualitative-quantitative discourse analysis technique, in order to evaluate key-actor perspectives and policy directions. Four discourses emerge, pertaining to (1) the institutionalisation of SE; (2) business as usual; (3) rights-centred engagement; and (4) decentralisation of EIA institutions. Consensus emerges that shows support for transparency and formalisation of SE; greater citizen-centred decision-making power; transparency in government guidelines; and the elimination of developer-led consultation processes. Policy options for reforming EIA policy are discussed, including a code of participation practice and a toolkit of suitable engagement methods.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-112
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Volume58
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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