Title page for ETD etd-04142009-234442

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Sovacool, Kelly Elizabeth
Author's Email Address Simanke@vt.edu
URN etd-04142009-234442
Title A Stakeholder Analysis of the Creation of High Seas Marine Protected Areas within the Antarctic Treaty System
Degree Master of Natural Resources
Department Geography
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Grossman, Lawrence S. Committee Chair
Boyer, John D. Committee Member
Kennedy, Lisa M. Committee Member
Stern, Marc J. Committee Member
  • Antarctica
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Stakeholder Analysis
Date of Defense 2008-12-10
Availability unrestricted
This study evaluates the utility of stakeholder analysis for understanding the relationships among actors involved in creating a marine protected area (MPA) in the Southern Ocean. It relies on the Australian Centre of Excellence on Risk Analysis (ACERA) method of critical stakeholder analysis, a concise, step-by-step model to identify stakeholders, assess their perceptions and values, and reveal power relations. The study uses the first two steps of the ACERA method to analyze stakeholders—in this case individuals speaking on behalf of organizations—within the Australian delegation of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) concerning the establishment of an MPA in the Southern Ocean. The study reveals both benefits and weaknesses in the ACERA method. It also portrays conflicting views among these stakeholders, and that the process of identifying and analyzing stakeholder interests is highly complex and dynamic.
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