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Disputed dams: Mapping the divergent stakeholder perspectives, expectations, and concerns over hydropower development in Iceland and SwitzerlandDisputed dams: Mapping the divergent stakeholder perspectives, expectations, and concerns over hydropower development in Iceland and Switzerland

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dc.contributor Reykjavík University (RU)
dc.contributor Háskólinn í Reykjavík (HR)
dc.contributor.author Voegeli, Guillaume
dc.contributor.author Finger, David C.
dc.date.accessioned 2021-07-02T10:50:40Z
dc.date.available 2021-07-02T10:50:40Z
dc.date.issued 2021-02
dc.identifier.citation Voegeli, G., & Finger, D. C. (2021). Disputed dams: Mapping the divergent stakeholder perspectives, expectations, and concerns over hydropower development in Iceland and Switzerland. Energy Research & Social Science, 72, 101872. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101872
dc.identifier.issn 2214-6296
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11815/2645
dc.description Publisher's version (útgefin grein)
dc.description.abstract The evaluation of the stakeholders’ perception of new hydropower projects is essential for assessing public acceptance, ensuring local involvement, and identifying feasible and desirable changes towards sustainable development. This study uses the concept of causal diagrams (CD) to identify the individual perspectives of stakeholders of two new hydropower projects, one in Switzerland (Val d’Ambra project) and one in Iceland (Hvammvirkjun project). For this purpose, semi-structured interviews with relevant stakeholders were conducted, which were then categorized into 5 interest groups. Using the software Atlas.ti, we identified and sequenced the perceived causality of impact pathways of the two projects. The results are exposed in two series of 10 topical causal networks, and two aggregated diagrams. For each case, CDs expose the complexity of multi-sequenced causalities between elements of a very heterogeneous nature, as expected and reported by stakeholders. This approach enables the identification of inter- and intra-group conflicting perspectives, and perceived uncertainties, concerning both subjectives matters along with much more tangible and predictable aspects. Our method enables the identification of areas where further research or better transfer of information between stakeholders is required. It also exposes how hydropower impacts can differ in time and space, when in one case study, intracommunity tensions and conflicts were identified at the earliest project stage, along with psychological distress of some local residents. Based on the presented CD, we conclude that this method can facilitate communication and problem-solving in complex social-environmental situations amid multiple stakeholder categories, which heterogeneity should not be underestimated.
dc.format.extent 101872
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Elsevier
dc.relation.ispartofseries ;72
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject Fuel Technology
dc.subject Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
dc.subject Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
dc.subject Energy Engineering and Power Technology
dc.subject Nuclear Energy and Engineering
dc.subject Fuel Technology
dc.subject Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
dc.subject Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
dc.subject Energy Engineering and Power Technology
dc.subject Nuclear Energy and Engineering
dc.subject Verkfræði
dc.subject Endurnýjanleg orka
dc.subject Sjálfbærni
dc.subject Náttúran
dc.title Disputed dams: Mapping the divergent stakeholder perspectives, expectations, and concerns over hydropower development in Iceland and SwitzerlandDisputed dams: Mapping the divergent stakeholder perspectives, expectations, and concerns over hydropower development in Iceland and Switzerland
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
dcterms.license Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
dc.description.version Peer Reviewed (ritrýnd grein)
dc.identifier.journal Energy Research & Social Science
dc.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2020.101872
dc.relation.url https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214629620304473?via%3Dihub
dc.contributor.department Verkfræðideild (HR)
dc.contributor.department Department of Engineering (RU)
dc.contributor.school School of Technology (RU)
dc.contributor.school Tæknisvið (HR)


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