MSc thesis presentation by Gemilang Khairinissa: Unpacking the Controversy on the Green Growth Strategy in the Republic of Korea

Published on
August 28, 2017

You are hereby cordially invited to the MSc thesis presentation by Gemilang Khairinissa entitled ‘Unpacking the Controversy on the Green Growth Strategy in the Republic of Korea. Case Study: the Four Major Rivers Restoration Project’.

Supervisor: Otto Hospes
Second reader: Art Dewulf
Date: 30 August 2017
Time: 14:30 h
Location: room C83, Leeuwenborch, Hollandseweg 1, Wageningen 

Inclusive Green Growth (IGG) has become one of the alternative solutions for countries to grow their economic sector without neglecting environmental and social dimensions. It is no different in the Republic of Korea (ROK) in which President Lee Myung-bak, though it drew many controversies, has decided to adopt the concept into Four Major Rivers Restoration Project (FMRRP). This thesis investigates the controversies in the FMRRP from the governance lens which focusses on the process of stakeholders’ inclusion and exclusion, also on the different frames by various stakeholders on defining the nature and drivers of the project. For this purpose 22 interviews to the relevant stakeholders and observations to the public seminar also to the field of construction project have been conducted in different cities of ROK. In analyzing the case, this thesis made use of the concept of governance to understand the stakeholders’ inclusiveness in the design, during the decision-making process, and to the benefits resulting from the project, also the concept of framing to present different ways of stakeholders in framing the project. In the timeline history of ROK’s society, the issue of inclusiveness has constantly been debated between the government, business actors called Chaebols, and civil society, where different frames have also been shaped by the interactions. The FMRRP, as a project of ROK’s green growth strategy, has also escalated the debate of the inclusiveness issue in the operation of the project and continues the deeply rooted history amongst these stakeholders. While the dispute remains unsolved, it is clear that the project has included and excluded several actors throughout the process, in which different frames also have taken their shape through the interaction between the government, Chaebols, and civil society.

Keywords: Inclusive Green Growth, Four Major Rivers Restoration Project, Governance, Framing, Inclusiveness as a Process, Stakeholders’ Inclusion, Stakeholders’ Exclusion, Frame Analysis, Interaction, Government, Chaebols, Civil Society