Why Consultations on Large Projects Should Matter to Citizens as well as Companies

Karin Buhmann, Sanne Vammen Larsen, Anna-Sofie Hurup Skjervedal

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Insights into the concerns or needs of communities or individuals who may be affected by planned or proposed private or public energy projects or infrastructure projects is important for those who will eventually decide whether the project will be approved to make an informed decision. Such insights can be gained through consultations carried out as part of assessments of the environmental or societal impacts of projects. This begs the question: what is a good process for stakeholder engagement of local communities and citizens in impact assessment processes? This is a global issue that in recent years has come to be high on the agenda in countries from the Arctic to the Global South. Consultations allowing for stakeholder involvement in impact assessments are common in regard to private projects concerning the establishment of mines, windfarms, sun-power farms and dams for hydro-power. The same applies to public infrastructure projects such as airports, roads and ports, which are often necessary for the transport of the products to be gained from the private projects.
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2. Jul 2019
PublisherCopenhagen Business School
Publication statusPublished - 2. Jul 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • Consultation
  • Impact assessment
  • Infrastructure projects
  • Public participation
  • Stakeholder engagement


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