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The lay of the land: the public, participation and policy in China’s fracking frenzy

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Title: The lay of the land: the public, participation and policy in China’s fracking frenzy
Authors: Aczel, MR
Makuch, KE
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: This perspective paper examines the current policy landscape for hydraulic fracturing in China, with a focus on the role of public attitudes toward shale gas in China. We highlight the need for further research on public perceptions and responses in a non-democratic society, both for the potential protection of residents who might be affected by the technology as well as the valuable research data that can be contrasted with public perspectives and engagement in other countries. Although the empirical findings presented here are limited due to this being very preliminary research, our goal is to shed light on what existing data shows about current understanding and perceptions. We discuss preliminary data collected during a research trip to Beijing in late December 2017, and contrast it with the few empirical studies on China that exist to date (Sher and Wu, 2018; Yu et al., 2018). Our research demonstrates the need for further investigation of understanding and perceptions of shale gas in China, particularly as other countries (such as the United Kingdom and Poland) are beginning to look at expanding their own shale gas resources. A reflection on this will also lead to a discussion of the extent to which data from China does or does not relate to that from other nations.
Issue Date: 1-Nov-2018
Date of Acceptance: 2-Aug-2018
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/64208
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.exis.2018.08.001
ISSN: 2214-790X
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 508
End Page: 514
Journal / Book Title: The Extractive Industries and Society
Volume: 5
Issue: 4
Copyright Statement: © 2018 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. This manuscript is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International Licence http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Sponsor/Funder: Imperial College London President's Scholarship
International Relations (Mobility and Programmes)
Funder's Grant Number: Imperial College London
Publication Status: Published
Online Publication Date: 2018-08-16
Appears in Collections:Centre for Environmental Policy
Faculty of Natural Sciences