Symmetries, expectations, dynamics and contexts: a framework for understanding public engagement with renewable energy projects

Walker, Gordon, Devine-Wright, Patrick, Barnett, Julie, Burningham, Kate, Cass, Noel, Devine-Wright, Hannah, Speller, Gerda, Barton, John, Evans, Bob, Heath, Yuko, Infield, David, Parks, Judith and Theobald, Kate (2010) Symmetries, expectations, dynamics and contexts: a framework for understanding public engagement with renewable energy projects. In: Renewable Energy and the Public: from NIMBY to participation. Earthscan, London, pp. 1-14. ISBN 978-1844078639

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Abstract

As this book ably demonstrates, there is a growing body of research on public beliefs, reactions and responses to large-scale renewable energy projects of various forms, often focused on case studies of controversy and local conflict. The profile of available cases has expanded significantly, covering a diversity of locations and contexts around the world and a wide range of types of renewable energy technology and modes of project development. Alongside the reporting of empirical research, there have also been various attempts to describe and characterize public responses to renewable energy projects and develop explanatory frameworks or predictive models. These include the NIMBY (‘Not in my back yard’) explanations of public opposition that are often favoured in media reporting and political debate (Toynbee, 2007), broad frameworks for thinking about social acceptance (Wüstenhagen et al, 2007) and statistical models that characterize and measure variables that are believed to predict the nature of public opposition (Wolsink, 2000) or planning decision outcomes (Toke et al, 2008).

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Renewable Energy Projects
Subjects: F800 Physical and Terrestrial Geographical and Environmental Sciences
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Architecture and Built Environment
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Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2010 08:39
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:21
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2597

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