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Exploring the relationship between resource-based multinationals and mobile indigenous communities

Petrol station in northern Oman © Wikimedia Commons / Ji-Elle
Petrol station in northern Oman

Social performance among oil and gas companies has become a key concept in the search for sound global development and investment policies. This research initiative explored the approaches undertaken by resource-based multinationals to include affected mobile indigenous communities among their stakeholders and the responses of these communities. Many of these communities are frequently too highly mobile and too poorly organised to voice their interests and claim their rights. Their responses range from resistance to being moved off their lands to the partial take-up of compensation and other offerings. Focusing on Oman, Professor Chatty extended her research to grapple with the impact of the extractive industry’s interpretation of social corporate responsibility and the land-use rights of local, traditional and indigenous peoples. 

Our team

  • Dawn Chatty
    Dawn Chatty

    Emerita Professor of Anthropology and Forced Migration; former Director of the Refugee Studies Centre, 2011-2014