‘Social licence to operate’ has become central to discussions within extractive industries such as coal seam and shale gas, as they seek to recognise community interests. But where does the term actually come from and how is it currently understood?

This research aimed to identify community aspirations and their overlaps and/or disparities with existing resources, industry, and policy trajectories.

Read more about the project Understanding community aspirations.

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