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Stakeholder engagement in sustainable development : a social network analysis of the gas phase-out in Twekkelerveld, Enschede, The Netherlands

Morskieft, Mart (2021) Stakeholder engagement in sustainable development : a social network analysis of the gas phase-out in Twekkelerveld, Enschede, The Netherlands.

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Abstract:Through the overall sense that climate change needs to be dealt with, the Paris Agreement and the Dutch Climate Accord have set certain goals to limit the emissions of CO2. To fulfill these goals, the Netherlands wants to phase-out natural gas for the purpose of heating buildings. The national government has opted for a local-level appraoch, putting municipalities in charge of planning and implementing the phase-out of gas. So far, few studies have looked into the participatory decision-making processes of these local-level gas phase-out projects. This study aims to analyze the relationships among stakeholders and their ability to contribute to the decision-making process. The data is gathered through stakeholder interviews and a survey. Stakeholders were identified using snowball sampling, leading to seven participants for interviews. Afterthat they were categorized into a power-interest matrix and their relationship was analyzed using social network analysis. Stakeholders involved are the government, knowledge institutes, housing corporations, energy grid operators, societal organizations, and citizens. Key stakeholders are those that are part of the structural meetings regarding the gas phase-out in the neighborhood, which are the municipality, housing corporations, and the citizens. Stakeholders shape their ability to contribute by distinguishing in hard power to influence and having many connections to other stakeholders outside of their category (i.e., soft power).
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Clients:
Unknown organization, Enschede, Nederland
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:43 environmental science
Programme:Environmental and Energy Management MSc (69319)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/88317
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