To what extent, do the participatory research approaches contribute to enhance public engagement in environmental and social issues in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam?

Authors: Michiyo Kakegawa*, SOKA University
Topics: Cultural and Political Ecology, Asia, Environment
Keywords: participatory research, public engagement, participation, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/11/2018
Start / End Time: 10:00 AM / 11:40 AM
Room: Napoleon A1, Sheraton, 3rd Floor
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Transnational advocacy networks such as the networks among international non-governmental agencies (NGOs) are well-recognized as an effective approach to enhance the public engagement in environmental and social issues (Keck and Sikkink, 1998). In comparison, the role of academia in conducting participatory research has not been well- recognized in terms of raising the awareness and enhancing the public engagement in the environmental and social issues. Therefore, the purpose of my research is to find out the influence on the public engagement and the degree of the contribution by participatory research approaches to enhance public engagement in the environmental and social issues in Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam. These three countries are selected as cases because this research is to be built on my previous research result that examined the degree of compliance with the environmental and social safeguards in development projects in these countries. Based on the frameworks of political ecology, and the public participation and accountability (Clark, Fox, and Treakle, 2003), as well as the qualitative analysis of the interviews with some local people, the three analytical questions will be answered. They are firstly, to what extent, participatory research approaches influence the public to raise the awareness of the local environmental and social issues, secondly, to what degree, participatory research approaches enhance the public engagement in environmental and social issues, and thirdly, to what degree, participatory research approaches contribute to the actions by the public to improve the situation.

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