Dr Kathy Witt (Centre for Coal Seam Gas, The University of Queensland)

"What's happening in the gasfields towns?"

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Kathy is a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland’s Centre for Coal Seam Gas. As a social scientist, she leads the Social Performance team studying the cumulative social and economic effects of unconventional gas development for local communities, community acceptance and non-technical risk.  Kathy is a member of the US National Science Foundation’s Energy Impacts Researchers Network as well as co-chair of the Social Impact Assessment chapter of the International Association for Impact Assessment.

The development of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) from coal seam gas (CSG) industry in Queensland has been a catalyst for change in communities of the Western Downs and Maranoa regions. With 3-4 large CSG to LNG projects occurring in the region simultaneously, cumulative effects for local communities became apparent. Kathy will present longitudinal data on social and economic indicators together with community members’ own interpretations of the lived experience.

Kathy Witt


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