Capturing Multidimensional Characteristics and Trends in Sustainability Specific to Australian Mining Regions: Quantitative and Qualitative Approach
The fundamental objective of this research is to investigate and assess the sustainability in Australian mining regions with respect to mining phase dynamics; the boom and the bust cycles. The study uses a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to assess the sustainability specific to these regions in boom and bust cycles. These assessments tools will capture the multidimensional characteristics of sustainability specific to Australian mining regions and also will provide an insight to the trends in multidimensional characteristics of sustainability with respect to the mining phase dynamics. This will be of great importance in long term regional planning and policy development as mining regions are associated with dynamic and complex array of problems unique to boom and bust scenarios, compared to non-mining regions. The study will make a significant and novel contribution to the field of knowledge by providing a quantitative tool to capture and assess sustainability in Australian mining regions in two different time frames; the boom and the bust, and also by providing an understanding to the trends in sustainability with the boom and the bust.