Application of the concept of ‘Social Licence to Operate’ beyond infrastructure projects

Jijelava, D., 2019, [Groningen]: University of Groningen. 140 p.

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  • David Jijelava
The objective of the PhD research was to develop an understanding about the concept of Social Licence to Operate (SLO), and to assess whether it is a useful concept to apply, not only to large infrastructure projects, but also to non-profit, non-governmental projects. To address this research question, I used an expanded version of the Thomson and Boutilier model of SLO, which I tested on two infrastructure and two non-governmental projects in Georgia.

The findings from my research lead to two broad conclusions. First, when retroactively applied to an existing project, regardless of its form, the SLO framework helps in understanding the extent to which the project is legitimate, credible and trustworthy, and how specific actions of project proponents can be interpreted and analysed in this light. Second, once understood and proactively applied, the SLO approach can help in identifying and avoiding many challenges that projects and project-affected people face.

The research for this PhD includes four case studies. The data for each of the case studies were collected separately. All case studies were from country of Georgia because of several reasons. First, being from Georgia and having worked for a research organization since 2009, I have background information on many private and non-profit projects in the country; Second, one of the conditions of the Netherlands Fellowship Programme of NUFFIC was that the PhD should be focused on Georgia; Finally, choosing the case studies from the same country also makes it possible to make comparisons and draw conclusions about SLO.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Vanclay, Frank, Supervisor
  • Groote, Peter, Co-supervisor
  • Arts, Jos, Assessment committee
  • Kemp, D., Assessment committee, External person
  • Litmanen, T., Assessment committee, External person
Award date31-Jan-2019
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Print ISBNs978-94-034-1326-6
Electronic ISBNs978-94-034-1325-9
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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