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Constructing Barriers in the Translation and Deployment of Science: Basslink - A Case Study


Duncan, R, Constructing Barriers in the Translation and Deployment of Science: Basslink - A Case Study, Australian Journal of Public Administration, 62, (1) pp. 80-87. ISSN 0313-6647 (2003) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1111/1467-8500.00316


The effect of the translation and deployment of science by development proponents in the impact assessment process is examined. Basslink, the 300 km power cable to transport electricity across Bass Strait, is the case study. Drawing on the sociology of science, this paper analyses one critic's contestation of the Basslink proponent's science. It highlights the extent to which impact assessment statements fortify proponents' knowledge-claims, obscuring from view the conditionality of science, and making these claims resistant to independent critique, analysis and verification. These circumstances have the potential to undermine the effectiveness, equity and transparency of regulatory instruments and enforcement mechanisms that derive from the impact assessment process as well as the regime's legitimacy.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Environmental Sciences
Research Group:Environmental management
Research Field:Environmental assessment and monitoring
Objective Division:Energy
Objective Group:Renewable energy
Objective Field:Hydro-electric energy
UTAS Author:Duncan, R (Dr Ronlyn Duncan)
ID Code:40382
Year Published:2003
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:2006-08-01
Last Modified:2010-06-18

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