Interesting paper on religious identity and coal development in Pakistan

Friday, 9 May, 2014

A very quick shout out here to an interesting paper on land rights via the Centre for Social responsibility in Mining (CSRM) at the University of Queensland in Australia.

The paper, entitled Religious Identity and Coal Development in Pakistan: Ecology, Land Rights and the Politics of Exclusion, discusses “the complex relationship between resource development, land attachment and conflict, looks at the role of religious identity in context of a coal development project in District Tharparkar in Pakistan. 

Research was conducted in six nearby rural communities, and generated interesting results. From a community point of view, the paper sheds interesting light on the ways in which these communities’  religious identities affect their perceptions of project development. 

From the point of view of the mining company, the research also provides valuable evidence that differences in religious and community identity can impact project success in a number of ways, and therefore must be “recognised in the process of assessment, development and management of coal resources… and taken into account to minimise community conflict.”

Have a look at the paper on the CSRM website here.