Sociologist from Malta

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Ħsibijiet (64) Baġit f'pandemija

Baġit f'nofs pandemija m'għandux jiġi interpretat b'diskorsi minn epoki tal-passat, qishom minn kapitli li qed jiddeskrivu kuntesti oħra. Il-bidliet soċjali tal-llum, kemm fuq livell komprensiv kif ukoll fil-perspettivi u l-aspirazzjonijiet tan-nies ma jistgħux jiġu injorati meta nitkellmu dwar politika ibbażata fuq l-evidenza.

Hekk kif qed nesperjenzaw il-Covid fatigue u inċertezzi globali, tajjeb li meta niddeliberaw naraw kif nistgħu nissalvagwardjaw u nsaħħu dak li qed jaħdem, li ma niggranfawx ma dak li mhux sostenibbli, li nkunu flessibli u li nagħmlu l-almu tagħna sabiex ħadd ma jibqa lura.

Fuq kollox importanti li nkunu reżiljenti u mgħamra għal kuntest globali iktar stabbli: Kuntest li la nafu meta ġej, u l-anqas jekk qatt hux ser jiġi.

Dan mhux żmien ta' pika partiġġjana iżda ta' kif ngħixu l-isfidi li għandna quddiemna, kemm jista' jkun b'sens ta' responsabilita' soċjali.

Saturday, October 17, 2020

Ħsibijiet (63) 204

Illum rajt nies bil-maskra u oħrajn le, min jagħmel is-social distancing u min qisu xejn m'hu xejn, min ifettaq u min jikkoopera. M'hemmx soluzzjonijiet faċli: Jinħtieġu deċiżjonijiet sodi, infurzar u sens ta' responsabbiltà minn kull waħda u wieħed minna. Ħidma flimkien, mhux pika u tgħajjir f'mument kruċjali għas-socjeta' tagħna. F'kuntest ta' Covid fatigue, l-inqas li għandha bżonn hi li jkun hemm min jipprova jiskurja gowls politiċi jew min jipprova jrewwaħ mibgħeda, xettiċiżmu, surrealiżmu, alabiebiżmu jew sensazzjonaliżmu. 

Ejjew inkunu ikbar minn dan kollu. Pajjiż qabel partit. 🇲🇹



Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Feedback to Public Consultation - Environmental Impact Assessment (Amendment) Regulations, 2020

I have submitted the following to the 
Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning

Deadline - 16 October 2020

Re: Public Consultation - Environmental Impact Assessment (Amendment) Regulations, 2020

With reference to the above, I am hereby proposing that Environmental Impact Assessments comprise Social Impact Assessment (SIA) in accordance with international standards for example those set by the International Association for Impact Assessment, which is accessible from this link:

May I emphasize that a Social Impact Assessment is a comprehensive process, and not just a one-off survey.

In this regard, please refer to my correspondence dated 31 May 2019 to the PA regarding SIAs. To date, I have not been informed of any policy update in this regard.

A copy of my correspondence can be obtained from this link: 

Dr Michael Briguglio
Sociologist




Tuesday, October 06, 2020

Birgu - Sally Port project requires social analysis

I have sent the following feedback to the Planning Authority. You may send your own representation - details below.

Attn Planning Authority

Email: representations@pa.org.mt

Re: PA 04757/19 - rehabilitation and embellishment of Sally Port Promenade, Birgu

I am hereby submitting the following objection re PA 04757/19 - rehabilitation and embellishment of Sally Port Promenade, Birgu

Whilst recognizing that the area in question requires rehabilitation, the proposed development should be in line with relevant policies (e.g.  'Kottonera Strategy' (issued by the Planning Authority, the Ministry for Transport, Infrastructure and Capital Projects and the Ministry for Justice, Culture and Local Government) and recognize that is a public space which is enjoyed by the community. 

I therefore appeal to the PA to carry out a social impact assessment before considering this application, in accordance with international standards for example those set by the International Association for Impact Assessment, which is accessible from this link:

Regards,

Dr Michael Briguglio
Sociologist



Sunday, October 04, 2020

Qui-si-sana: Objection against further noise pollution and commercialisation

Re: 1926 Beach Club, ix-Xatt ta' Qui-Si-Sana, Sliema - Addition of roof garden and seating area over approved structure

I have submitted the following objection to the Planning Authority. Feel free to do the same. You can send an email to address below or object from this link: https://www.pa.org.mt/en/pacasedetails?CaseType=PA/05780/20

To: representations@pa.org.mt

Re: PA/05780/20 

 Attn Planning Authority, 

With reference to the above application, I am hereby objecting. 

The 1926 complex is a continuous source of unacceptable noise pollution for residents, including residents who live less than 100 meters away. Such development will increase such pollution apart from further commercialising the coast. 

I appeal to the PA to carry out a social impact assessment before considering this application, in accordance with international standards for example those set by the International Association for Impact Assessment, which is accessible from this link:

In this regard, please refer to my correspondence about SIAs dated 31 May 2019 to the PA in link below. To date, I have not been informed of any policy update in this regard. 


Dr Michael Briguglio
Sociologist



Thursday, September 24, 2020

Feedback to public consultation: Outline application for the construction of a Waste to Energy Plant at Maghtab

 Re: The outline application for the construction of a Waste to Energy Plant at Maghtab


With reference to the public consultation in question, I am hereby appealing to the Ministry to employ a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) process, which is in accordance with international standards for example those set by the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), which is accessible from this link:

In this regard, please refer to my correspondence dated 31 May 2019 to the PA regarding SIAs. To date, I have not been informed of any policy update in this regard.

A copy of my correspondence can be obtained from this link - Here I propose key elements of SIAs in line with IAIA policy: 

Dr Michael Briguglio
Sociologist




Monday, September 21, 2020

How did Covid19 change Maltese society? A comment to Malta Today

Whilst Covid19 has so far had various uneven impacts on Maltese society, it would be preposterous to reduce social change (or reproduction) to any singular determining factor. On the other hand, one can look into the impacts of a social phenomenon, in this case Covid19 and how it relates to other social phenomena. For example, in the  Maltese economic sphere, industries such as tourism are facing uncertainty, and public finance is constantly under pressure to make up for the crisis. 

At the same time, Malta's dependency on construction seems to be as influential as ever. The world of employment is facing changes: Workers who lost their jobs, others who are adjusting themselves to digital methods, and new challenges for the work-life balance. In turn, this dovetails with sectors such as education and with existing social factors such as class, gender and social status. For there is a difference between a worker on contract in a sector facing precariousness with another worker with job security. 

If one factors in other considerations, such as social integration, diversity, demographic change and caring responsibilities, the equation becomes even more complex, where people share commonalities (for example Covid-driven anxieties) and particularities (for example one's specific family/household situation). 

The reproduction of salient Maltese cultural characteristics can be observed too: A sense of community when facing national challenges, a lack of planning and enforcement in certain policy aspects, personalized and factionalized politics, and the resilience of the consumerist identity in a car-driven society. Each and every one of us faces an extra covid-influenced layer of daily dilemmas and choices in a society of opportunities and risks. We may have more questions than answers . In a social reality made up of plural truths and identities, the challenges of recognising and trusting governance processes and evidence-based knowledge becomes ever more complex. Upcoming conflicting school opening challenges and vaccine narratives may be two cases in point.

My comment was included in a feature by James Debono, which can be read here:

https://www.maltatoday.com.mt/news/national/104840/200_days_of_covid_from_excellence_to_shambles#.X2if4z_is2w




Feedback to Consultation re Partial Review of the Ta’ Qali Action Plan (Phase 3)

I have submitted the following regarding the public consultation in question: 

Attn: Ministry for the Environment, Climate Change and Planning


Re: Consultation re  Partial Review of the Ta’ Qali Action Plan (Phase 3)

With reference to the public consultation in question, I am hereby appealing to the Ministry to employ a Social Impact Assessment (SIA) process, which is in accordance with international standards for example those set by the International Association for Impact Assessment, which is accessible from this link:

In this regard, please refer to my correspondence dated 31 May 2019 to the PA regarding SIAs. To date, I have not been informed of any policy update in this regard.

A copy of my correspondence can be obtained from this link: 

Dr Michael Briguglio
Sociologist