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The Role of Infrastructure Projects in Socio-economic Development: Case study of Geheyan dam

Erdal, Zeynep LU (2012) SIMV29 20121
Graduate School
Abstract
Previous research on hydropower projects impact on people’s socio-economic development has mainly focused on relocated people, immediately after they were relocated, arguing that relocation result in underdevelopment of people´s livelihoods. Henceforth, this research contribute to the literature through including a long-term perspective to highlight immediate and long-term impacts on relocated and non-relocated people in order to provide a more comprehensive understanding of hydropower projects´ impact. A combination of Horizontal inequality and Social wellbeing theory was adopted as theoretical framework when analyzing sentiments towards government and assessing peoples perception on their and society´s socio-economic development. A field... (More)
Previous research on hydropower projects impact on people’s socio-economic development has mainly focused on relocated people, immediately after they were relocated, arguing that relocation result in underdevelopment of people´s livelihoods. Henceforth, this research contribute to the literature through including a long-term perspective to highlight immediate and long-term impacts on relocated and non-relocated people in order to provide a more comprehensive understanding of hydropower projects´ impact. A combination of Horizontal inequality and Social wellbeing theory was adopted as theoretical framework when analyzing sentiments towards government and assessing peoples perception on their and society´s socio-economic development. A field study was conducted in Changyang Tujia Autonomous County in China, investigating the socio-economic impact of the first hydropower project constructed in this county, named Geheyan dam. The result of this study is that Geheyan created horizontal inequality between relocated and non-relocated people immediately after relocation was realized, prominently because of rapid increase of commodity prices in combination with time-consuming process in restoring production systems. However, from a long-term perspective, it brought people out of poverty and improved both groups socio-economic development through enabling urbanization and tourism. The result is; participants’ positive perception of Geheyan, the local and central government indicate that socio-economic development improved – including both relocated and non-relocated people. (Less)
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author
Erdal, Zeynep LU
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organization
course
SIMV29 20121
year
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H2 - Master's Degree (Two Years)
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keywords
Hydropower projects, Changyang Tujia Autonomous County, Geheyan dam, socio-economic development, Horizontal inequality, Social wellbeing theory, industrialization, urbanization, tourism.
language
English
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2970836
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2012-09-05 08:37:52
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  abstract     = {Previous research on hydropower projects impact on people’s socio-economic development has mainly focused on relocated people, immediately after they were relocated, arguing that relocation result in underdevelopment of people´s livelihoods. Henceforth, this research contribute to the literature through including a long-term perspective to highlight immediate and long-term impacts on relocated and non-relocated people in order to provide a more comprehensive understanding of hydropower projects´ impact. A combination of Horizontal inequality and Social wellbeing theory was adopted as theoretical framework when analyzing sentiments towards government and assessing peoples perception on their and society´s socio-economic development. A field study was conducted in Changyang Tujia Autonomous County in China, investigating the socio-economic impact of the first hydropower project constructed in this county, named Geheyan dam. The result of this study is that Geheyan created horizontal inequality between relocated and non-relocated people immediately after relocation was realized, prominently because of rapid increase of commodity prices in combination with time-consuming process in restoring production systems. However, from a long-term perspective, it brought people out of poverty and improved both groups socio-economic development through enabling urbanization and tourism. The result is; participants’ positive perception of Geheyan, the local and central government indicate that socio-economic development improved – including both relocated and non-relocated people.},
  author       = {Erdal, Zeynep},
  keyword      = {Hydropower projects,Changyang Tujia Autonomous County,Geheyan dam,socio-economic development,Horizontal inequality,Social wellbeing theory,industrialization,urbanization,tourism.},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {The Role of Infrastructure Projects in Socio-economic Development: Case study of Geheyan dam},
  year         = {2012},
}