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Trust, engagement, information and social licence – Insights from New Zealand

February 2019

Publication: Environmental Research Letters
Author(s): Peter Edwards (Scion), Aysha Fleming (University of Tasmania), Justine Lacey (CSIRO, Australia), Libby Lester (University of Tasmania), Libby Pinkard (CSIRO, Australia), Katharina Ruckstuhl (University of Otago), Carel Bezuidenhout (Scion), Tim Payn (Scion), Karen Bayne (Scion), Tracy Williams (Plant and Food Research)

This research examines trust at the government, industry, community nexus, as mediated by media, and its effect on social licence to operate.

Researchers attempted to understand levels and importance of trust in New Zealand’s natural resource sectors by examining ways of building, maintaining and assessing public trust in a post-truth society. We surveyed 128 New Zealand public and held a stakeholder forum about perceptions of trust in relation to natural resource sectors.

The results provide indications of novel advances around trust and trustworthiness. In contrast to other literature, we find a nuanced understanding of trust among respondents in relation to the media. Respondents distrusted actors cited in media more than the media outlet or platform itself. Further, our findings suggest there is no discernible change in trust levels in the media despite the rise of fake or emotionally-based news.

First published as a think piece for Our Land and Water

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